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16 December 2011

GCSE Reforms in 2012

Keeping you informed of the changes

For the latest information, please visit our new GCSE from 2012 pages.

Confirmation of the changes to GCSE from Ofqual

Following the consultation on GCSE reforms, Ofqual have now confirmed the following changes to all GCSEs in England:

  • Making all GCSE assessment linear to ensure that GCSE examinations are taken at the end of the course
     
  • Restricting the availability of examinations to the summer only, removing the potential for resitting units. There will only be retake opportunities in November for GCSEs in English, English Language and Mathematics.
     
  • Awarding additional marks for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for GCSEs in English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies.

You can read the confirmation of the changes to GCSEs from Ofqual here.

What does this mean for you and your students?

  • candidates will have to enter all the assessment units at the end of the course, at the same time as they enter for the subject award
     
  • the GCSE examination series will be restricted to May/June
     
  • a November examination series will be available to provide a retake opportunity for English, English Language and Mathematics

Additional marks for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)

These changes will apply to GCSEs in English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies. The changes affect written and externally assessed units available from January 2013.

No change to controlled assessment

There are no proposed changes to controlled assessment. Centres may continue to schedule controlled assessments at their discretion, as far as this is permitted by the specification. The proposed changes do not mean that controlled assessment tasks must be taken at the end of the course. However, controlled assessments can only be submitted at the end of the course.

Controlled assessment unit results may be carried forward if a student wishes to retake the qualification.

What are the proposed timescales for these changes?

  • For all two-year GCSE courses starting in September 2012, candidates will be applying for their GCSE award in 2014 and will be required to sit all their examinations at the end of the course.
     
  • Candidates who started three-year courses in September 2011 will be expecting to apply for their GCSE award in summer 2014 and, therefore, will need to enter for all units in May/June 2014.
     
  • Candidates who apply for certification of subject awards in summer 2013 (or earlier) will be permitted to enter in a modular way.
     
  • For all students completing modular GCSEs in English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies in summer 2013, external assessments taken from January 2013 will include additional marks for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

GCSE changes timeline

Supporting you every step of the way

We want to ensure that you have all the information and support you need to plan and deliver these changes to GCSEs.

  • We are looking to make only the changes to the existing specifications that are needed for linear assessment and SPaG.
     
  • We have no plans to change the subject content of our specifications*
     
  • We have no plans to change controlled assessments*

*This is subject to the accreditation of our revised GCSE specifications by Ofqual

Over the coming weeks, we will provide further information and support to help you to plan your delivery of these GCSE changes. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do contact our specialist Subject Advisors Team.


Free training

If you want to find out more about the impact of GCSEs going linear and how this will affect your subject, why not book on to one of our free online events? Use the table below to choose the event you wish to attend, make a note of the event code and book online at www.edexcel.com/training. Alternatively, book your place by calling 0844 576 0027.

GCSE Reform – Going Linear: Information on the changes

These online events are targeted at new and experienced teachers who have been teaching the Edexcel GCSE modular specifications, teachers who are new to linear assessment and Heads of Department looking to gain more information about the changes and impact of linear.

Delegates will:

  • Be given a background to the linear changes, why GCSEs are going linear and the timeline
  • Be informed of the minimal changes that are being made to make the specifications linear and to assessments
  • Discuss how to adapt your planning to deliver a linear approach
  • The impact of SPaG (if applicable to the subject)
  • Explore ways to motivate students
  • Discuss ways to track students' progress
  • Explore strategies to support revision and preparing students for the requirements of the different exam papers
  • Review next steps and timelines to implement these changes.

 

Event code

Subject

Date

Start time

11OAM01/01

Art

22/03/2012

4pm

11OBM01/01

Applied Business

13/03/2012

4pm

11OBM02/01

Business

08/03/2012

4pm

11ODM01/01

Drama

01/03/2012

4pm

11OEM01/01

English, English Language and English Literature

28/02/2012

4pm

11OEM01/02

English, English Language and English Literature

01/03/2012

4pm

11OFM03/01

Citizenship

20/03/2012

4pm

11OGM01/01 Geography A 20/03/2012

4pm

11OGM01/02 Geography A 21/03/2012

4pm

11OGM02/01 Geography B 27/03/2012

4pm

11OGM02/02 Geography B 28/03/2012

4pm

11OHM01/01

History SHP

08/03/2012

4pm

11OHM01/02

History SHP

14/03/2012

4pm

11OHM02/01

History MW

07/03/2012

4pm

11OHM02/02

History MW

15/03/2012

4pm

11OLM01/01

French, German and Spanish

05/03/2012

4pm

11OLM01/02

French, German and Spanish

15/03/2012

4pm

11OLM02/01

Urdu, Italian and Chinese

06/03/2012

4pm

11OLM03/01

Russian, Japanese, Greek and Arabic

07/03/2012

4pm

11OMM02/01

Statistics

14/03/2012

4pm

11OMM03/01

Mathematics

12/03/2012

4pm

11OMM03/02

Mathematics

20/03/2012

4pm

11OMM03/03

Mathematics

21/03/2012

4pm

11ONM01/01

ICT

06/03/2012

4pm

11ONM01/02

ICT

19/03/2012

4pm

11OPM02/01

PE

05/03/2012

4pm

11OQM01/01

Health & Social Care

14/03/2012

4.30pm

11ORM01/01

RS

06/03/2012

4pm

11OSM11/01

Astronomy

29/02/2012

4pm

11OSM12/01

Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

08/03/2012

4pm

11OSM12/02

Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

15/03/2012

4pm

11OTM01/01

D&T Food, Textiles, RMT, Graphics and Electronics

15/03/2012

4pm

11OTM02/01

Engineering and Manufacturing

13/03/2012

4pm

11OVM01/01

Leisure and Tourism

05/03/2012

4pm

11OWM01/01

Music

29/02/2012

4pm

11OYM01/01

Psychology

22/03/2012

4pm

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