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Accreditation of GCSEs, AS & A levels for teaching from 2016

A table showing the status of subjects being accredited for teaching from September 2016.

Documents

Details

This document shows which specifications from exam boards have been accredited for teaching from September 2016 or, where the specification has not been accredited, what the next stage is and any dates associated with that specification.

When new information is available, the document will be updated at least weekly. Check the ‘+ full page history’ link on bottom-left of this page to see when and what the last update was.

Number of qualifications accredited

All GCSE subjects are fully accredited.

All AS and A level subjects are fully accredited.

Number of specifications accredited

For teaching from 2016

All submitted specifications have been accredited.

All GCSE specifications have been accredited.

All 64 AS and A level specifications have been accredited.

For teaching from 2015

In 2015 we accredited 122 GCSE, AS and A level specifications.

The accreditation process

We have produced a diagram of the accreditation process.

The subjects covered in the document are listed below.

GCSEs

See also subject content from DfE and requirements and guidance from Ofqual.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Citizenship
  • Classical Greek
  • Combined science
  • Computer science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Food preparation and nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Religious studies
  • Spanish

AS and A levels

See also subject content from DfE and requirements and guidance from Ofqual.

  • Classical Greek
  • Dance
  • Drama and theatre
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Religious studies
  • Spanish
Published 29 January 2016
Last updated 15 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Religious studies - Pearson GCSE Spec B
  2. Updated submission date for Pearson religious studies short course specification B.
  3. WJEC French, German and Spanish A levels accredited.
  4. Accreditation table updated to display changes as of 1 July 2016 (WJEC French: A level, German: A level, Spanish: A level - 7th submission received 1 July 2016).
  5. WJEC AS level French, German and Spanish accredited. Updated submission dates for WJEC MFL A levels.
  6. Pearson (Edexcel): GCSE Religious studies Spec 'SC A' accredited.
  7. Updated to reflect changes to the number of specifications at GCSE (for teaching from 2016) and to update Religious Studies (Spec A and B - Pearson) being accredited.
  8. Update to WJEC GCSE French, German and Spanish.
  9. Updated to highlight the submissions received on 17 June 2016.
  10. Updated submission dates for WJEC MFL AS and A levels.
  11. Updated submission dates.
  12. Submission updates for both A levels, As levels and GCSE subjects.
  13. Submission date updated": Pearson GCSE RS short course
  14. OCR GCSE drama accredited.
  15. Pearson religious studies: 4th submission received 2 June 2016
  16. AQA AS level geography accredited.
  17. AQA A level geography accredited.
  18. WJEC GCSE German accredited.
  19. AQA AS level geography 4th submission received. OCR GCSE drama 5th submission received. WJEC Eduqas GCSE German 6th submission received.
  20. AQA Geography A level submission received.
  21. Submission dates updated for AQA AS & A level geography
  22. GCSE accreditation: WJEC GCSE French and Spanish
  23. WJEC GCSE religious studies and religious studies short course accredited.
  24. Update: submission date for OCE GCSE drama
  25. Table updated to reflect OCRs withdrawal from modern foreign language qualifications. Updates to AQA AS & A level geography, and WJEC GCSE religious studies.
  26. OCR AS and A level religious studies accredited.
  27. Accredited WJEC AS and A level geography.
  28. 4th submitted specs for WJEC AS and A levels in French, German and Spanish rejected. 5th submitted WJEC GCSE specs for French, German and Spanish received.
  29. Specs received for OCR AS & A level religious studies. Update for WJEC GCSE religious studies.
  30. WJEC physical education AS and A level specs accredited.
  31. Updated OCR GCSE drama and WJEC AS level geography.
  32. Updated the table to show the progress of accreditation.
  33. AQA: A level religious studies accredited Person GCSE religious studies spec: A, awaiting 4th submission.
  34. WJEC AS level religious studies accredited. OCR AS and A level religious studies due dates updated. WJEC GCSE religious studies specifications received.
  35. Update to WJEC AS level geography submission date. Updates to WJEC GCSE religious studies submission dates.
  36. GCSEs accredited: AQA chemistry, combined science and WJEC combined science. Pearson AS level religious studies accredited.
  37. Accredited - AQA GCSE Biology and Physics
  38. Pearson religious studies A level accredited
  39. AQA AS and A levels specs accredited in French, German and Spanish.
  40. Pearson AS and A levels specs accredited in French, German and Spanish. Updates for AS and A level physical education and GCSE French, German and Spanish.
  41. Updated submission dates for several subjects.
  42. AQA - AS level Religious Studies accredited
  43. Updated dates for AS and A level French, geography, German and Spanish.
  44. GCSE accreditation - OCR religious studies short course. Several GCSE, AS and A level submission dates updated.
  45. AS & A level submission dates for several subjects. GCSE - accredited Pearson's specifications for German, French and Spanish.
  46. Accredited - Pearson French AS and A level, German AS and A level and Spanish AS and A level. GCSE: several subjects updated submission dates.
  47. WJEC Eduqas - Religious studies: A level accredited. Various submission dates updated.
  48. Submission date updated for combined science - WJEC Eduqas
  49. Updated on submission dates for both GCSE, AS levels and A levels in several subjects.
  50. OCR GCSE combined science, spec B accredited.
  51. Amendment to statistical data.
  52. Removal of a additional space.
  53. Updated submission dates for AS & A level. GCSE (OCR) combined science and physics accredited.
  54. OCR AS level geography accredited. Updates to AS and A level French, German, religious studies and Spanish.
  55. OCR Chemistry Spec: A GCSE accredited
  56. OCR GCSE physics Spec A accredited.
  57. Updated submission dates for GCSE, AS level and A level subjects. Accreditation on GCSE chemistry by WJEC
  58. 1 more AS and A level physical education spec accredited. Updates to AS and A level French, German, physical education, religious studies and Spanish. Updates to GCSE French, German, physics and Spanish.
  59. WJEC GCSE physics accredited. Updates to AS and A level French, geography, German, religious studies and Spanish. Updates to GCSE biology, chemistry, combined science, French, German, physics, religious studies and Spanish.
  60. Accredited GCSEs in: biology, chemistry, citizenship, combined science, physics and religious studies.
  61. AS and A level drama and theatre fully accredited. OCR GCSE biology spec A accredited. Updates to GCSE religious studies and AS and A level religious studies.
  62. Update to several submission dates for GCSE, AS levels and A level. Accreditation of OCR Geography A level.
  63. AS & A level drama & theatre specs accredited. GCSE dance now fully accredited. Updates to AS and A level French, German, religious studies and Spanish. Updates to GCSE chemistry, combined science, drama, French, German, Physics, religious studies and Spanish.
  64. Submissions dates updated. Corrected some minor errors.
  65. GCSE Biology spec accredited, A level drama and theatre spec accredited. Updates for AS level geography and AS and A level physical education,
  66. One additional specification for GCSE drama accredited.
  67. Updates to GCSE biology, chemistry, combined science, French, German and Spanish. Updates to AS and A level French, German and Spanish. Running total also now included on the publication page.
  68. All specs for GCSE physical education now accredited. Updates to GCSE drama and GCSE, AS and A level religious studies.
  69. Updated submission dates for GCSE and AS and A level subjects, including GCSE sciences.
  70. Updated GCSE science submission dates.
  71. GCSE citizenship, drama and food preparation and nutrition accredited. AS and A level geography accredited. Updates for GCSE Biology, Chemistry, combined science, dance and physics. Updates for AS and A level drama and theatre, geography and religious studies.
  72. All GCSE specs for geography and history now accredited. AS level Latin accredited. Updates for GCSE food preparation and nutrition, French, German, physical education, religious studies and Spanish. Updates for AS and A level physical education and religious studies.
  73. 3 GCSE religious studies specs accredited. Status updates for GCSE citizenship, drama, food preparation and nutrition, French, German, physical education and Spanish. Status updates for AS and A level French, German and Spanish.
  74. Updated GCSE sciences to show that we're awaiting submission of revised specs; GCSE religious studies to show specs received. Updated submission due dates for AS and A level French, geography, German, religious studies and Spanish
  75. Specs received for GCSE citizenship, drama and history.
  76. Updated expected submission dates for GCSE: French, geography, German, history and Spanish; AS and A level: French, geography, German and Spanish.
  77. All GCSE computer science specs now accredited. Update to submission for GCSE drama and GCSE food preparation. Update to submissions for AS and A level drama and theatre, and religious studies.
  78. Submission dates received for GCSE food preparation and nutrition and GCSE geography. Updates for AS and A level geography and physical education.
  79. First published.