Schools, colleges and children's services – consultation outcome

Completing GCSE, AS and A level Reform

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Decisions for Completing GCSE, AS and A level Reform - Part 1

This document contains details on the subjects which are not being reformed for first teaching in 2015.

Decisions for Completing GCSE, AS and A level Reform - Part 2

This document contains details on:

  • the subjects that are not being reformed for first teaching in 2016
  • our principles to determine subject availability
  • details of subjects that are being reformed for first teaching in 2017

Further decisions for completing GCSE, AS and A level reform - Part 3

This document contains details on:

  • details of more subjects that could be reformed for first teaching in 2017
  • additional subjects that will not be reformed for first teaching in 2017

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

Includes a list of subjects that we are proposing to discontinue.

Documents

Consultation description

We are consulting on our proposals to reform a number of different GCSE, AS level and A level subjects. Some subjects will continue, some will stop and some will be replaced.

We have detailed our proposals for subjects in the tables below.

We have also published consultations on other GCSE, AS level and A level subjects:

GCSE subjects we are proposing will stop

We are proposing to stop these subjects because of their similarity or overlap of content with other qualifications.

Subject Final year of award Number of UK awards in 2012 Related continuing subjects
Digital communication 2016 3,089 English language
Expressive arts 2017 3,948 Dance; Drama
Electronics 2017 1,046 DT: electronic products
Catering 2017 20,891 DT: food technology
Home economics 2017 32,064 DT: food technology
Manufacturing 2017 105 DT: product design
Engineering 2017 1,816 DT: systems and control technology
Performing arts 2017 4,365 Dance; Drama
Humanities 2017 13,782 History; Geography
Applied science 2017 9,577 Science
Additional applied science 2017 19,151 Science
Environmental science 2017 941 Science
Environmental and land-based science 2017 1,333 Science
Human health and physiology 2017 2,226 Biology

GCSE subjects to be considered for reform

These subjects will be considered for reform, to be first taught from September 2017.

Subject Number of UK awards in 2012
Ancient history 346
Applied business 4,386
Astronomy 2,723
Business and communication systems 14,936
Business studies 57,339
Business studies and economics 3,740
Classical civilisation 4,395
Economics 3,582
Film studies 5,335
General studies 7,608
Geology 1,070
Health and social care 7,726
Hospitality 1,452
Information and communication technology 42,310
Law 2,889
Leisure and tourism 3,382
Media studies 55,851
Psychology 12,986
Sociology 21,951
Statistics 50,530

AS level subjects we are proposing will stop

We are proposing to stop these subjects because of their similarity or overlap of content with other qualifications.

Subject Final year of award Number of UK awards in 2012 Related continuing subjects
Science in society 2016 942 Sciences
Applied science 2016 5,141 Sciences
Environmental studies 2016 2,370 Sciences
Human biology 2016 3,995 Biology
Applied art & design 2016 645 Art & design
Humanities 2016 N/A History; Geography (2017)
Economics and business 2016 2,890 Economics; Business studies
Applied business 2016 9,841 Business studies
Home economics (food, nutrition and health) 2016 506 DT: food technology
Engineering 2016 N/A DT: systems and control technology
Performance studies 2016 1,220 Dance; Drama and theatre studies
Performing arts 2016 1,873 Dance; Drama and theatre studies
Quantitative methods 2017 N/A Mathematics
Use of mathematics 2017 2,998 Mathematics

AS level subjects to be considered for reform

These subjects will be considered for reform, to be first taught from September 2017.

Subject Number of UK awards in 2012
Accounting 7,579
Anthropology 512
Applied information and communication technology 13,552
Archaeology 998
Citizenship studies 4,934
Classical civilisation 3,403
Classics 5,124
Communication and culture 3,376
Creative writing N/A
Critical thinking 13,789
Electronics 2,131
Film studies 10,256
General studies 56,519
Geology 3,224
Government and politics 20,214
Health and social care single award 10,548
History of art 873
Information and communication technology 16,970
Law 22,496
Leisure studies 1,015
Media studies 34,388
Media: communication and production 637
Music technology 3,018
Philosophy 5,788
Statistics 1,404
Travel and tourism 3,360
World/global development 2,101

A level subjects we are proposing will stop

We are proposing to stop these subjects because of their similarity or overlap of content with other qualifications.

Subject Final year of award Number of UK awards in 2012 Related continuing subjects
Science in society 2016 123 Sciences
Applied science 2016 2,815 Sciences
Environmental studies 2016 1,426 Sciences
Human biology 2016 1,899 Biology
Applied art & design 2016 524 Art & design
Humanities 2016 N/A History; Geography (2018)
Economics and business 2016 1,954 Economics; Business studies
Applied business 2016 6,656 Business studies
Home economics (food, nutrition and health) 2016 333 DT: food technology
Engineering 2016 225 DT: systems and control technology
Performing arts 2016 1,329 Dance; Drama and theatre studies
Performance studies 2016 1,039 Drama and theatre studies
Quantitative methods 2017 N/A Mathematics
Use of mathematics 2017 680 Mathematics

A level subjects to be considered for reform

These subjects will be considered for reform, to be first taught from September 2017.

Subject Number of UK awards in 2012
Accounting 3,791
Anthropology 96
Applied information and communication technology 8,725
Archaeology 509
Citizenship studies 929
Classical civilisation 2,403
Classics 4,133
Communication and culture 2,118
Creative writing N/A
Critical thinking 229
Electronics 1,165
Film studies 6,882
General studies 35,381
Geology 2,064
Government and politics 14,148
Health and social care single award 6,701
History of art 943
Information and communication technology 9,492
Law 13,144
Leisure studies 956
Media studies 24,503
Media: communication and production 455
Music technology 4, 819
Philosophy 3,211
Statistics 747
Travel and tourism 1,997
World/global development 610