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

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

General information and guidance

  1. English Baccalaureate: eligible qualifications

    A list of qualifications that count towards the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

  2. Key stage 2 to 4 English Baccalaureate subject ready reckoners

    Use these documents to calculate English Baccalaureate value added (VA) scores for pupils and for schools.

  3. National curriculum and assessment: information for schools

    Information for schools on changes to the national curriculum from September 2014.

  4. National curriculum in England: citizenship programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for citizenship at key stages 3 and 4.

  5. National curriculum in England: secondary curriculum

    The national curriculum secondary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 3 and 4.

  6. National curriculum: video interviews for schools

    Video interviews on the new national curriculum and how it can be taught in schools.

  7. What qualification levels mean

    Find the difficulty level of a qualification and compare qualifications across different countries.

GCSE changes and reforms

Consultations, research and guidance about changes to subjects, regulations, assessment, grading and appeals.

  1. Accreditation of GCSEs, AS & A levels for teaching from 2016

    A table showing the status of subjects being accredited for teaching from September 2016.

  2. Consultations on the reform of GCSEs, AS and A levels

    Consultations that Ofqual has run on the reform of qualifications to be taught from September 2015.

  3. GCSE and A level differences in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    Document and infographic explaining the similarities and differences in qualifications regulated in each jurisdiction.

  4. GCSE new grading scale: factsheets

    Information about the new GCSE grades for parents, employers and further and higher education providers.

  5. GCSE, AS and A level reforms

    A collection of documents showing how Ofqual is currently reforming qualifications.

  6. Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1

    Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1. Designed to provide an indication of the likely level of performance at grades 2, 5 and 8. 

  7. New GCSEs, AS and A levels accredited to be taught from 2015

    A list of GCSEs, AS levels and A levels that Ofqual have accredited to be taught from September 2015.

GCSE subject content and requirements

Regulations for GCSE subjects and how to comply with them.

  1. Assessment objectives: geography, history, ancient languages, MFL

    Assessment objectives for geography, history, modern foreign languages (MFL) and ancient languages.

  2. GCSE subject content

    Documents for schools about GCSE content.

  3. GCSEs (9 to 1): requirements and guidance

    Rules, regulations and guidance for GCSEs graded 9 to 1.

  4. GCSEs (A* to G): requirements and guidance

    Rules, regulations and guidance for GCSEs graded A* to G.

  5. Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1

    Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1. Designed to provide an indication of the likely level of performance at grades 2, 5 and 8. 

  6. National curriculum in England: art and design programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for art and design at key stages 1 to 3.

  7. National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for computing at key stages 1 to 4.

  8. National curriculum in England: design and technology programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for design and technology at key stages 1 to 3.

  9. National curriculum in England: English programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for English at key stages 1 to 4.

  10. National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4

    The full national curriculum framework for key stages 1 to 4, including programmes of study and attainment targets.

  11. National curriculum in England: geography programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for geography at key stages 1 to 3.

  12. National curriculum in England: history programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for history for key stages 1 to 3.

  13. National curriculum in England: languages programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for languages at key stages 2 and 3.

  14. National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for mathematics at key stages 1 to 4.

  15. National curriculum in England: music programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for music at key stages 1 to 3.

  16. National curriculum in England: PE programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for physical education (PE) at key stages 1 to 4.

  17. National curriculum in England: science programmes of study

    The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for science at key stages 1 to 4.

Key stage 3 and 4 exam marking, qualifications and results

Regulated qualifications, awarding bodies, assessing, marking, participation and performance, appeals, National Reference Test.

  1. 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

  2. Check if an awarding body is recognised

    How to check if the organisation giving you an award is registered and accredited by the exams regulator

  3. Deciding regulatory assessment rules in GCSEs, AS and A levels

    We have developed a set a principles for when we think about rules for aspects of GCSE, AS or A level subject assessments.

  4. Detailed analysis of summer 2016 GCSE results

    Detailed analysis of summer 2016 GCSE results

  5. Established iGCSE qualifications

    A list for teachers of established iGCSE qualifications to be included in the 2014 performance tables.

  6. Exam system contingency plan: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    This joint contingency plan is in place to deal with any major disruption that may affect exam candidates.

  7. Find a regulated qualification

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

  8. GCSE results 2016 - infographic

    Infographic on GCSE results, summer 2016

  9. Infographic: Proposed changes to exam marking reviews and appeals

    An infographic showing Ofqual's proposed changes to marking reviews and appeals for GCSE, AS and A level exams.

  10. National Reference Test: information

    Information about the National Reference Test being used by Ofqual to support the awarding of GCSEs in England.

  11. Performance points: comparing KS4 or 16-to-18 qualifications

    An introduction to calculating the performance points for key stage 4 or 16-to-18 qualifications.

  12. Regulatory Document List

    Ofqual's formal legal list of Regulatory Documents (documents containing additional rules and guidance for regulated qualifications).

  13. Setting GCSE and A level grade standards in Summer 2014 and 2015

    An explanation of how Ofqual has set and maintained grade standards in GCSE, AS and A level qualifications for Summer 2014 and 2015.

  14. Summer 2016 GCSE, AS and A level: a summary of our monitoring

    Summer 2016 GCSE, AS and A level awards: a summary of our monitoring

  15. Summer exam awarding information

    Ofqual's publications about summer exam results for GCSEs, AS and A levels.

  16. Teacher involvement in developing exam papers: interim report

    This report sets out the evidence gathered, the options we are considering, and our next steps.