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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)

Business subjects

  1. GCSE subject criteria for business subjects

Classical subjects

  1. GCSE subject criteria for classical subjects

Design and technology

Economics

  1. GCSE subject criteria for economics

Engineering

  1. GCSE subject criteria for engineering

Health and social care

Home economics

  1. GCSE subject criteria for home economics

Hospitality and/or catering

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Law

  1. GCSE subject criteria for law

Leisure and tourism

  1. GCSE subject criteria for leisure and tourism

Manufacturing

  1. GCSE subject criteria for manufacturing

Media studies

  1. GCSE subject criteria for media studies

Modern foreign languages

Psychology

  1. GCSE subject criteria for psychology

Sociology

  1. GCSE subject criteria for sociology

Statistics

  1. GCSE subject criteria for statistics
Published 19 November 2014
Last updated 6 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. We have withdrawn rules for legacy qualifications reformed for first teaching in September 2016
  2. Updated following withdrawal of rules for legacy GCSEs that are no longer available.
  3. Updated following introduction of our new rules for enquiries and appeals, which replace the GCSE, GCE, principal learning and project code of practice
  4. Added new qualification-level conditions and guidance
  5. Added rules covering re-sit arrangements following the last scheduled sitting of legacy GCSEs
  6. First published.