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

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

  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

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

  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: framework for key stages 1 to 4
  2. National curriculum in England: English programmes of study
  3. National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study
  4. National curriculum in England: science programmes of study
  5. National curriculum in England: history programmes of study
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News and communications

  1. Open letter: GCSE tier entry guidance
  2. Ofqual reports and research
  3. Summer 2019 data exchange procedure
  4. International GCSEs: letter from Nick Gibb
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Research and statistics

  1. Key stage 4 performance 2019 (revised)
  2. Destinations of KS4 and 16 to 18 (KS5) students: 2018
  3. Annual qualifications market report: academic year 2018 to 2019
  4. Secondary school performance tables in England: 2018 to 2019 (revised)
  5. Multi-academy trust performance measures at KS4: 2018 to 2019
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Review of GCSE, AS and A level physical education activity list
  2. Future assessment arrangements for GCSE (9 to 1) computer science
  3. Consultation on GCSE and GCE music and dance
  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. GCSE modern foreign languages subject content review panel
  2. Comparing international GCSEs and GCSEs in England, 2018
  3. Exam Procedures Review Service: 2017 Report
  4. Outcomes for pupils at the end of KS4 by geography
  5. List of schools by EBacc language entry
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