GCSE Reforms

The GCSE system in England is undergoing many changes, but these are being introduced in stages.  You may already be aware that there are no modular GCSEs remaining, with all examination assessment now being linear i.e. all exams being sat at the end of the course.

GCSE exams in all subjects will only be taken in the summer with re-sits available in November for English, English Language and Maths only.  St Albans Tutors does offer iGCSE (the internationally recognised GCSE qualifications) exams in January or in the summer.

New GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths will be introduced from September 2015, with the first examinations in the summer of 2017.

Other subjects will begin new courses in September 2016, with first examinations in the summer of 2018.  (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Combined Double Science, Geography, History, Modern Languages and Ancient Languages)

Probably the most noticeable and widely-publicised change is the grading of GCSEs.  Students will be awarded grades in the range 1-9, with 9 representing the highest level of attainment.

The aim of the new GCSEs is to assess students, as much as possible by examination.  There will not be a coursework element unless a subject’s specific skills require assessment in this way.

Tiered examinations will be replaced with a single paper, used to assess all students.  Particular subjects however, may require both foundation and higher tiers to remain because of the nature of the subject (e.g. Maths).

Marks for spelling, punctuation and the correct use of grammar are now to be included in many of the subjects.