Consultation outcome

GCSE and A level reform: content for teaching from September 2017

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

Summary of the responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

We’ve also published an equality impact assessment of the revised content for these subjects.

Find out more about revised subject content for GCSEs and A levels.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on changes to the content of several GCSE and A level subjects.

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Consultation description

We’re inviting views on revisions to the content of GCSE and A level subjects that will be ready for teaching from September 2017:


  • astronomy
  • business
  • economics
  • engineering
  • geology
  • psychology
  • sociology

A level

  • design and technology
  • environmental science
  • history of art
  • music technology
  • philosophy

We have already consulted on and published the final content for other GCSE and A level subjects.


Published 16 July 2015
Last updated 1 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated the government response to include sociology GCSE content.
  2. Updated the government response to include history of art AS and A level content.
  3. Added the government's response to the consultation.
  4. Updated consultation document to include questions on equality.
  5. First published.