|GCSE 2012 reforms: Keeping you informed
GCSEs are being reformed for first teaching from September 2012. Ofqual have confirmed the following changes to all GCSEs:
• Making all GCSE assessment linear to ensure that all GCSE examinations are taken at the end of the course.
• Restricting the availability of examinations to the summer only, except for GCSEs in English, English Language and Mathematics where a November window will be available.
What does this mean for GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Statistics?
In light of these changes, we submitted the following specifications to Ofqual for accreditation:
• GCSE Mathematics A (1MA0)
• GCSE Mathematics B (2MB01)
• GCSE Statistics (2ST01)
We're pleased to announce that we have received accreditation from Ofqual for all the above specifications.
Our GCSE Mathematics A (1MA0) qualification is unchanged and will continue to be examined as is. Examinations will continue to be held at every June and November session; there will be no March sessions other than the one to be held in March 2013.
We will be offering our GCSE Mathematics B (2MB01) specification as a linear version of the current specification B. The linear specification will comprise the three unit papers currently examined in a modular fashion, but all examined in one examination session. The new specification will be first examined and certificated in summer 2014, and in November and summer sessions subsequently. The last time that these examinations can be taken in a modular fashion will be in November 2013. There will be a March 2013 window, but this will be the last March window offered.
Our GCSE Statistics (2ST01) specification will now also be offered as a linear specification. The controlled assessment may be conducted at any time, but it must be submitted in the year that students take the written paper. Since the controlled assessment tasks change each year, centres must be sure to check that their students are completing the correct task.
If you have any GCSE Mathematics and/or GCSE Statistics queries that have not been answered here, please refer to the FAQs document below for more information.
GCSE Mathematics FAQs
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