Last first-time-candidate sitting for modular A level exams in Phase 2 subjects. Reformed qualifications in 25 subjects were awarded for the first time this summer, bringing the total number of reformed GCSEs to The remainder were reformed with the and syllabus publications, leading to first awards in andrespectively.
Key features of the new A levels They are linear, ie the whole content is examined at the end of the course. GCSE examinations in English and mathematics were reformed with the syllabus publications, with these first examinations taking places in These reforms will restore confidence in GCSEs and tackle grade inflation.
Last retake opportunity for old modular exams in Other subjects June First new A level exams in Minority Languages. The report by the OCR exam board comes as the Department for Education and the exams regulator Ofqual mull proposals to revise GCSEsincluding the role of coursework, known as "controlled assessment".
Other subjects, especially religious studies, computer science, or physical education, may be compulsory in some schools as these subjects form part of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 4.
However, due to legislative requirements for comparability between GCSEs in the three countries, and allowances for certain subjects and qualifications to be available in Wales and Northern Ireland, some qualifications will be available, and the other changes are mostly adopted in these countries as well.
In practice most of the changes have made exams tougher. Changes since initial introduction[ edit ] Over time, the range of subjects offered, the format of the examinations, the regulations, the content, and the grading of GCSE examinations has altered considerably.
All exams are now taken at the end of the course, and retaking bits of the exam to improve overall grades is no longer possible. As the two were independent qualifications with separate syllabi, a separate course of study would have to be taken to "convert" a CSE to an O-Level in order to progress to A-Level.