Secondary curriculum, key stage 3 and key stage 4 (GCSEs)

Programmes of study, English Baccalaureate (EBacc), qualifications, core and foundation subjects, changes to GCSEs.


  1. What qualification levels mean

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  2. Find a regulated qualification

    Check if a qualification is regulated and what level it is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

  3. Check if an awarding body is recognised

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  4. Appeal an exam result

    How to appeal a qualification result (GCSE, AS, A level, Diploma or other qualification) or ask for it to be marked again if you think it's wrong

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Guidance and regulation

  1. National curriculum in England: English programmes of study
  2. National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4
  3. National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study
  4. National curriculum in England: PE programmes of study
  5. National curriculum in England: science programmes of study
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Research and statistics

  1. Access arrangements for GCSE, AS and A Level: 2017 to 2018 academic year
  2. Malpractice in GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series
  3. Ofqual 2018 summer exam series report
  4. Reviews of marking and moderation for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series
  5. Approaches to assessment without levels in schools
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Consultation on GCSE and GCE music and dance
  2. Future assessment arrangements for GCSE (9 to 1) computer science
  3. Review of GCSE, AS and A level physical education activity list
  4. Rules and regulations on teacher involvement in exam development
  5. Changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Congratulatory letters for schools at key stage 4
  2. Contract for the provision of the National Reference Test
  3. Pupils leaving school after year 11 and their exam results
  4. EBacc and non-EBacc subject entries and achievement
  5. Modern foreign language: key stage 3 achievement levels
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