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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
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GCSE and A-level reforms

The following information is adapted from information provided to schools by Ofqual. You can click here to visit the related Ofqual webpage. What follows has been adapted for Notre Dame. You can also download PDFs containing additional information from the bottom of this page.

Why and how are GCSEs, AS and A levels changing?

GCSEs and A levels in England are being reformed, to match the best systems in the world and keep pace with universities’ and employers’ demands.

  • GCSE content will be more challenging but still suitable for all abilities
  • GCSEs will be graded on a new scale of 9 to 1 rather than A* to G as now, with 9 the highest grade, to distinguish clearly between the reformed and unreformed qualifications
  • A levels will allow more time for studying and better prepare students for university
  • AS levels will be stand alone qualifications to reduce exam burden on students and teachers.

When do these changes affect GCSE students?

The following table lists only the GCSEs we offer at Notre Dame:

Start course in 2015, exams 2017

Start course in 2016, exams 2018

Start course in 2017, exams 2019

English literature, English language and Maths only.

English and maths plus…

Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship, Combined Science, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, German, History, Music, PE, Physics, RE, and Spanish.

2015 and 2016 subjects plus…

Business, Design and Technology, Japanese.

When do these reforms affect AS and A level students?

The following table lists only the GCEs we offer at Notre Dame:

Start course in 2015, exams 2017

Start course in 2016, exams 2018

Start course in 2017, exams 2019

Art and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English language and literature, English literature, History, Physics, Psychology, Sociology.

2015 subjects plus…

Drama and Theatre, French, Geography, German, Music, RE, Philsophy and Ethics, Spanish.

2015 and 2016 subjects plus…

Design and Technology, Further Maths, Maths, Music Politics