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GCSEs (A* to G): requirements and guidance

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

This collection sets out rules, regulations and guidance for GCSEs graded A* to G.

You should also read the requirements for all awarding organisations and qualifications.

There are separate requirements for the new GCSEs graded 9 to 1.

All GCSEs (A* to G)

Additional applied science

Additional science

Art and design

  1. GCSE subject criteria for art and design

    • Regulation

Biology

  1. GCSE subject criteria for biology

    • Regulation

Business subjects

  1. GCSE subject criteria for business subjects

    • Regulation

Chemistry

  1. GCSE subject criteria for chemistry

    • Regulation

Citizenship studies

  1. GCSE subject criteria for citizenship studies

    • Regulation

Classical subjects

  1. GCSE subject criteria for classical subjects

    • Regulation

Dance

  1. GCSE subject criteria for dance

    • Regulation

Design and technology

Drama

  1. GCSE subject criteria for drama

    • Regulation

Economics

  1. GCSE subject criteria for economics

    • Regulation

Engineering

  1. GCSE subject criteria for engineering

    • Regulation

Expressive arts

  1. GCSE subject criteria for expressive arts

    • Regulation

Geography

  1. GCSE subject criteria for geography

    • Regulation

Health and social care

History

  1. GCSE subject criteria for history

    • Regulation

Home economics

  1. GCSE subject criteria for home economics

    • Regulation

Hospitality and/or catering

Humanities

  1. GCSE subject criteria for humanities

    • Regulation

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Law

  1. GCSE subject criteria for law

    • Regulation

Leisure and tourism

  1. GCSE subject criteria for leisure and tourism

    • Regulation

Manufacturing

  1. GCSE subject criteria for manufacturing

    • Regulation

Media studies

  1. GCSE subject criteria for media studies

    • Regulation

Modern foreign languages

Music

  1. GCSE subject criteria for music

    • Regulation

Physical education

  1. GCSE subject criteria for physical education

    • Regulation

Physics

  1. GCSE subject criteria for physics

    • Regulation

Psychology

  1. GCSE subject criteria for psychology

    • Regulation

Religious studies

  1. GCSE subject criteria for religious studies

    • Regulation

Science

  1. GCSE subject criteria for science

    • Regulation

Sociology

  1. GCSE subject criteria for sociology

    • Regulation

Statistics

  1. GCSE subject criteria for statistics

    • Regulation
Published 19 November 2014
Last updated 19 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated following withdrawal of rules for legacy GCSEs that are no longer available.
  2. Updated following introduction of our new rules for enquiries and appeals, which replace the GCSE, GCE, principal learning and project code of practice
  3. Added new qualification-level conditions and guidance
  4. Added rules covering re-sit arrangements following the last scheduled sitting of legacy GCSEs
  5. First published.