Consultation outcome

GCSE subject content and assessment objectives

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On 11 June 2013, the Department for Education published a consultation on subject content and assessment objectives for new GCSEs. This included English, mathematics, science, history, geography, and modern and ancient languages. In line with the changes to the national curriculum, it set out our proposals for new, more stretching and fulfilling GCSE subject content, with expectations that match those in the highest performing jurisdictions. This document presents the results of the consultation and the government’s response.

The final GCSE subject content is also available.

Original consultation


Consultation on new GCSE subject content running until 20 August 2013.

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Consultation description

In February 2013, the Department for Education announced its intention to comprehensively reform GCSEs. The department is now seeking views on proposed subject content and assessment objectives for the new GCSEs.

The reformed GCSE subject content consultation document asks questions on the proposed content for English language, English literature, mathematics, science, history, geography, modern languages and ancient languages. The consultation will run from 11 June until 20 August 2013.

In parallel with this consultation Ofqual, the examinations regulator, is consulting on the revised regulatory requirements for the reformed GCSEs. View and respond to this separate consultation on Ofqual’s website.


GCSE ancient language

GCSE English language

GCSE English literature

GCSE geography

GCSE history

GCSE mathematics

GCSE modern languages

GCSE sciences

Published 11 June 2013
Last updated 1 November 2013 + show all updates
  1. Added government response to consultation.

  2. Replaced sciences document with a new version.

  3. First published.