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We have decided to adopt our proposed rules and guidance for reformed GCSEs in ancient languages, with one change to our guidance: a small reduction in the amount of literature we expect students to study. We have also made minor drafting changes to clarify some of our expectations.
We have now published final versions of our:
- GCSE Subject Level Conditions and Requirements for Ancient Languages
- GCSE Subject Level Guidance for Ancient Languages
Our new rules will require reformed GCSEs in ancient languages to comply with the Department for Education’s subject content for ancient languages, and our assessment objectives
Our guidance explains how awarding organisations should interpret parts of the subject content, and our assessment objectives. In particular, it sets out our expectations that students should study set texts which total at least 110 lines in the ancient language.
This consultation is about the rules and guidance we need to put in place for new GCSEs in ancient languages. These rules will apply to the exam boards that want to offer new ancient languages GCSEs from September 2016. This is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.