Guidance

Accreditation of GCSEs, AS and A levels for teaching from 2017

A table showing the status of subjects being accredited for teaching from September 2017.

Documents

Details

The timetable shows the dates by which exam boards have to send their specifications to Ofqual for consideration. As we receive and accredit specifications, we will update the attached table showing the progress.

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 26 GCSE subjects have all specifications accredited.

All 19 AS and all 20 A level subjects have all specifications accredited.

Number of specifications accredited

For teaching from 2018

See “Accreditation of GCSEs and A levels for teaching from 2018”.

 For teaching from 2017

All of the 44 GCSE specifications have been accredited.

All of the 73 AS and A level specifications have been accredited.

For teaching from 2016

In 2016 we accredited 147 GCSE, AS and A level specifications.

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 attached documents are listed below.

GCSEs

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

  • ancient history
  • arabic
  • astronomy
  • Bengali
  • business
  • Chinese
  • classical civilisation
  • design and technology
  • economics
  • electronics
  • engineering
  • film studies
  • geology
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • media studies
  • modern Greek
  • modern Hebrew
  • PE short course
  • Polish
  • psychology
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • sociology
  • statistics
  • Urdu

AS and A levels

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

  • accounting
  • ancient history
  • archaeology (no AS or A levels have been developed in this subject)
  • Chinese
  • classical civilisation
  • design and technology
  • electronics
  • environmental science
  • film studies
  • further maths
  • geology
  • history of art (A level only; no AS levels have been developed in this subject)
  • Italian
  • law
  • maths
  • media studies
  • music technology
  • philosophy
  • politics
  • Russian
  • statistics
Published 19 May 2016
Last updated 8 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Accredited AQA A level media studies.
  2. Update to A level media studies, AQA, 5th submission received 6 September.
  3. A level media studies, AQA, 5th submission due 6 September.
  4. Media studies: A level, OCR, accredited.
  5. A level Media Studies, OCR, 6th submission due 30 August 2017.
  6. Update to OCR A level media studies.
  7. Update to A level media studies, AQA, 5th submission due.
  8. Update to A level media studies.
  9. A level media studies updated.
  10. Updated A level media studies.
  11. Accredited, Pearson (Edexcel), AS level and A level statistics.
  12. Accredited, AQA, Media studies AS level.
  13. Update to media studies: A level - OCR - 4th submission received 28 July.
  14. Update to AS level media studies: AQA, 5th submission received 25 July. Update to AS and A level statistics: Pearson (Edexcel), 3rd submission received 21 July.
  15. Update to AS level media studies.
  16. AQA GCSE media studies accredited.
  17. GCSE media studies: submission received
  18. OCR GCSE media studies accredited.
  19. Update for AS and A level statistics.
  20. Update to Media studies: AS level, AQA, Awaiting 5th submission. Update to GCSE media studies, AQA, Awaiting 6th submission. Update to GCSE media studies, OCR, 6th submission received 7 July.
  21. Updates to GCSE media studies. AQA - 6th submission due 7 July. OCR - awaiting 6th submission.
  22. Update to GCSE media studies, OCR, 5th submission received 26 June 2017. Update to AS level media studies, AQA, 4th submission due on 29 June 2017. Updates to AS and A level statistics, Pearson, awaiting 3rd submission.
  23. Submission dates updated for several subject for both AS levels, A levels and GCSEs
  24. Update to GCSE media studies, AQA, 6th submission due
  25. GCSE media studies (AQA) - submission date updated
  26. Update to AS and A level statistics.
  27. OCR AS level media studies accredited. Updates to GCSE media studies.
  28. OCR Media Studies submission date updated.
  29. Update submission date for GCSE media studies (OCR)
  30. AQA further maths AS and A level accredited.
  31. AQA Further maths: AS level accredited.
  32. Accredited, Pearson Further maths: A level.
  33. Update to GCSE media studies.
  34. Updates to GCSE media studies, AS level media studies and A level further maths.
  35. Updates to GCSE media studies, AS level media studies and AS and A level further maths.
  36. Updates to AS and A level further maths and AS and A level statistics.
  37. Updates to GCSE media studies, AS and A level statistics.
  38. Update to A level further maths.
  39. Updates to AS and A level media studies.
  40. Accredited AQA AS and A level politics.
  41. Updates to AS and A level statistics.
  42. Updates to AS and A level politics.
  43. OCR AS level further maths, spec MEI B accredited.
  44. Update to A level further maths.
  45. Updates to GCSE media studies and A level media studies.
  46. OCR Further Maths A level (Spec MEI B) accredited
  47. Update to A level further maths.
  48. Update to A level media studies.
  49. Pearson AS level further maths accredited.
  50. Several AS and A level submission dates updated.
  51. Updates to AS and A level media studies and AS and A level further maths. Accredited: Pearson, history of art A level.
  52. Accredited: Pearson A level maths
  53. Accredited OCR, Further maths: AS level (Spec A). Updates to A level maths and GCSE media studies.
  54. OCR A level further maths spec A accredited. Submission dates revised for several subjects.
  55. Updates to A level maths and AS level media studies.
  56. Pearson AS level maths accredited.
  57. Updates to GCSE media studies and updates to AS and A level further maths.
  58. Updates to A level further maths and AS and A level maths.
  59. Updates to AS and A level further maths and AS and A level maths
  60. Updates to AS and A level maths and AS and A level politics.
  61. Update to history of art A level.
  62. Update to A level media studies.
  63. Pearson AS level politics accredited.
  64. Accredited: Pearson A level politics.
  65. Updates to A level further maths.
  66. AQA GCSE Chinese accredited.
  67. Accredited: Pearson GCSE, AS and A level Russian. Updates to GCSE media studies, A level history of art and AS and A level politics.
  68. Accredited AQA GCSE Polish. Updates to GCSE media studies, AS and A level maths and AS and A level media studies.
  69. Updates to AS and A level further maths. Accredited, Pearson (Edexcel), GCSE modern Greek and accredited, AQA, GCSE modern Hebrew.
  70. Submission dates updated for several subjects both in GCSE and AS and A levels.
  71. Accredited AQA GCSE statistics and WJEC Eduqas A level Design & technology.
  72. Pearson GCSE Arabic accredited. WJEC Eduqas AS level Design and Technology accredited.
  73. Accredited AQA AS and A level maths. Updates to GCSE modern Hebrew.
  74. Accredited: WJEC Eduqas - A level film studies. Updates to AS and A level politics.
  75. Updates to GCSE Arabic, GCSE media studies, GCSE modern Hebrew, GCSE Russian, GCSE statistics and AS and A level maths.
  76. Updates to A level film studies, AS media studies and GCSE Chinese.
  77. Updates to A level film studies and AS and A level further maths.
  78. Accredited AQA A level product design (design and technology). Updates to AS and A level further maths, AS and A level maths, A level media studies and GCSE modern Hebrew.
  79. Accredited AQA GCSE Bengali and OCR A level design and technology. Updates to GCSE Chinese and A level design and technology.
  80. Updates to AS and A level media studies, GCSE Arabic, GCSE modern Greek and GCSE Russian.
  81. Updates to AS and A level politics.
  82. OCR A level film studies accredited. WJEC Eduqas GCSE design and technology accredited. AQA GCSE Urdu accredited. Updates to A level design and technology and AS and A level further maths.
  83. Chinese: AS level (Pearson) accredited
  84. Accredited GCSE Media Studies (WJEC Eduqas) GCSE Urdu (Pearson)
  85. Pearson GCSE Japanese accredited. OCR GCSE psychology accredited. AQA AS level design & technology (fashion & textiles and product design) accredited. Updates to GCSE media studies and Russian. Updates to A level film studies.
  86. AQA A level design & technology (fashion & textiles) accredited. Update to GCSE psychology. Updates to A level design & technology and film studies. Updates to AS and A level further maths.
  87. Updates to GCSE Arabic, GCSE media studies and GCSE statistics. Updates to AS level Chinese and AS and level politics.
  88. Updates to GCSE media studies, AS and A level maths and AS and A level media studies.
  89. Accredited: Pearson GCSE statistics. Updates to GCSE Polish, GCSE statistics and GCSE Urdu.
  90. Updates to GCSE Bengali, GCSE Japanese, GCSE modern Greek, GCSE modern Hebrew, GCSE Russian and GCSE Urdu.
  91. Accredited: AQA GCSE Panjabi. Updates to GCSE Arabic, GCSE Bengali, GCSE design & technology, GCSE media studies, GCSE modern Hebrew, GCSE Polish, GCSE Urdu, AS level Russian and AS and A level media studies.
  92. Pearson Italian A level accredited.
  93. Accredited: Pearson GCSE Chinese. Updates to AS and A level further maths, A level Italian and AS and A level politics.
  94. Accredited Pearson A level Chinese. Updates to AS level Chinese and GCSE statistics
  95. Accredited: WJEC Eduqas GCSE sociology Updates to GCSE design & technology, AS and A level design & technology and AS and A level further maths
  96. OCR A level maths spec A accredited. Updates to AS and A level further maths and GCSE media studies.
  97. Update to GCSE statistics
  98. Updates to A level film studies, AS and A level further maths, AS and A level media studies and GCSE sociology
  99. Updates to A level design and technology, A level Italian and AS and A level maths.
  100. Updates to AS and A level politics and GCSE Polish
  101. Accredited: AQA AS and A level law. Updates to AS and A level Chinese, AS and A level design and technology, A level film studies, AS and A level Russian, AS and A level statistics and GCSE Bengali.
  102. OCR A level maths Spec B: MEI B accredited. Updates to A level film studies, GCSE modern Hebrew and GCSE Urdu.
  103. Accredited OCR Maths: AS level (Spec MEI:B)
  104. AQA and Pearson, GCSE Italian accredited. Updates to AS and A level maths, A level film studies and GCSE media studies.
  105. AQA GCSE design and technology accredited. Updates to AS and A level history of art and AS and A level law.
  106. Pearson (Edexcel) AS level Italian accredited. Update to A level film studies.
  107. Updates to AS and A level Further maths and A level maths. Update to GCSE sociology.
  108. Accredited AS and A level environmental science - AQA. Updates to AS and A level law, A level maths and GCSE statistics.
  109. Accredited: OCR and WJEC Eduqas AS Level Film studies Accredited: OCR GCSE Film Studies
  110. Updates to GCSE statistics, AS and A level maths, AS and A level further maths and AS and A level politics.
  111. Updates to maths AS and A level and GCSE media studies.
  112. AQA GCSE psychology accredited. OCR AS level maths, spec A accredited.
  113. WJEC Eduqas AS and A level law accredited. GCSE media studies updated. AS and A level media studies.
  114. AQA AS and A level accounting accredited. Updates to GCSE design & technology, film studies and psychology. Updates to AS and A level accounting, design & technology, film studies and law.
  115. Updates to GCSE design and technology, GCSE film studies, GCSE statistics, AS and A level environmental science, AS level film studies, AS and A level further maths and AS and A level Italian.
  116. Pearson GCSE psychology accredited. Updates to GCSE design & technology, and sociology. Updates to AS and A level accounting, Italian, law and politics.
  117. WJEC Eduqas GCSE film studies accredited. Updates to GCSE psychology, A level design and technology and AS and A level law.
  118. AS and A level maths updated and several submission dates updated for both GCSE and AS and A level.
  119. WJEC Eduqas - AS and A level Geology accredited. Updates on AS and A level environmental science and GCSE psychology.
  120. Updates to GCSE design & technology, film studies and psychology. Updates to AS and A level accounting, film studies, further maths and law.
  121. Updates to GCSE media studies, GCSE sociology and GCSE statistics
  122. Updated to reflect expected submissions from Pearson for A level history of art and AS and A level statistics.
  123. Accreditation OCR Ancient history: A level Ancient history: AS level AQA GCSE sociology
  124. OCR AS and A level geology accredited. Updates to GCSE Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, modern Greek, psychology, Russian and Urdu. Updates to AS and A level Chinese, design and technology, geology, Italian and Russian.
  125. WJEC Electronics: A level & AS level accredited WJEC GCSE electronics accredited
  126. Updates to GCSE film studies, media studies and psychology. Updates to AS and A level ancient history, law, maths and media studies.
  127. OCR GCSE classical civilisation accredited. GCSE sociology updated. AS and A level politics updated. AS level design & technology updated.
  128. OCR AS level design & technology accredited. Updates to GCSE design & technology and sociology. Updates to AS and A level design & technology, environmental science and politics.
  129. Updates to GCSE classical civilisation, design and technology. electronics, film studies, psychology and sociology. Updates to AS and A level accounting, electronics, film studies and media studies,
  130. Updates to AS design and technology, AS and A level maths, AS level electronics, AS and A level law, AS and A level accounting, GCSE psychology and GCSE polish.
  131. Updates to GCSE design and technology, classical civilisation, Arabic, modern Greek, Urdu, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Bengali and Punjabi. Updates to AS and A level Chinese, Italian and Russian.
  132. OCR A level classical civilisation accredited. Update for GCSE sociology.
  133. Updates to AS and A level design & technology, film studies and geology.
  134. Updates to AS and A level Law and GCSE sociology.
  135. AQA - GCSE engineering accredited. Submission dates updated for several subjects in both AS/A level and GCSE.
  136. OCR AS and A level law accredited. Updates to submission dates for AS level design & technology and film studies. Updates to GCSE, AS and A level electronics.
  137. Pearson GCSE PE (short course) accredited. Several AS and Level submission dates updated.
  138. Pearson Design & technology: A level Design & technology: AS level GCSE design & technology accredited
  139. Updates to AS and A level accounting and GCSE PE (short-course).
  140. AQA Philosophy AS and A level accredited. Updates to AS and A level maths, AS and A level ancient history, GCSE, AS and A level film studies.
  141. Updates to AS and A level electronics and law. Update to GCSE electronics.
  142. Update to AS level design and technology, A level classical civilisation, GCSE design and technology, GCSE classical civilisation and GCSE film studies.
  143. Updates to GCSE sociology. Updates to AS and A level law and design and technology.
  144. OCR GCSE design and technology and OCR GCSE ancient history accredited. Updates to GCSE psychology and AS and A level further maths.
  145. Update to GCSE media studies. Update to AS and A level media studies and A level design and technology.
  146. Update to AS and A level design and technology, and law. Updates to GCSE engineering, psychology and statistics.
  147. Updates to A level design and technology. Updates to AS and A level classical civilisation and maths. Updates to GCSE design and technology, and sociology. Removal of AS and A level history of art, archaeology and statistics.
  148. Submission dates updated for several subjects in GCSE, AS levels and A Levels
  149. Updates to GCSE sociology and media studies. Updates to AS level law and AS and A level media studies.
  150. Submission dates updated.
  151. Submission dates changed for several subjects at GCSE and AS and A level
  152. GCSE PE (short course) - WJEC Eduqas accredited.
  153. WJEC Eduqas GCSE geology accredited
  154. Update to GCSE PE (short course)
  155. Updates to GCSE engineering and GCSE film studies. Updates to AS and A level math, further maths and film studies.
  156. Submission dates updated for AQA A level and AS level Maths and further maths
  157. Updated GCSE psychology and AS and A level history of art.
  158. Updates to AS and A level politics and GCSE psychology.
  159. Updates to AS and A level history of art, law and statistics. Updates to GCSE psychology, PE (short course) and statistics.
  160. GCSE PE (short course) updated.
  161. Updates to AS and A level design and technology, history of art, law and classical civilisation.
  162. Updates to AS and A level law, classical civilisation and film studies. Updates to GCSE classical civilisation, design and technology, and film studies.
  163. GCSE design & technology updated.
  164. Updates to GCSE psychology and to AS and A level maths and further maths.
  165. Updates to GCSE design & technology and geology.
  166. Several submission dates updated for both AS and A Levels and GCSE
  167. Updates to AS and A level electronics and Italian. Updates to GCSE electronics, sociology, Arabic, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, modern Hebrew and Polish.
  168. Submission dates updated for several subjects.
  169. GCSE Business - WJEC Eduqas and AQA accredited
  170. OCR has been accredited to offer GCSE business. In addition the 2nd submission has been received on 16 August 2016 from AQA for GCSE business.
  171. Updates to AS and A level geology.
  172. Updates to GCSE design & technology. Updates to AS and A level design & technology, archaeology and politics.
  173. Updates for GCSE design & technology, PE (short course) and statistics. Updates for AS and A level design & technology, politics, geology and statistics.
  174. Updated GCSE, AS and A level subjects accredited to be taught from 2017 document to include recent developments. GCSE design and technology: OCR, 2nd submission due 2 September 2016 GCSE ancient history: OCR, awaiting 2nd submission GCSE sociology: AQA, awaiting 2nd submission and WJEC Eduqas, awaiting 2nd submission A level ancient history: OCR, awaiting 2nd submission AS level ancient history: OCR, awaiting 2nd submission
  175. Updated the attached (GCSE, AS and A level subjects accredited to be taught from 2017). The updates include: 1. GCSE geology, WJEC Eduqas, 2nd submission received 8 August 2016. 2. GCSE electronics, WJEC Eduqas, awaiting 2nd submission. 3. Electronics: A level, WJEC Eduqas, awaiting 2nd submission. 4. Electronics: AS level, WJEC Eduqas, awaiting 2nd submission.
  176. Updated the attachment to reflect accreditation updates. These are: GCSE PE (short course): WJEC Eduqas; 1st submission received 8 August 2016. AQA; AS and A level accounting: 2nd submission due 7 October 2016.
  177. GCSE astronomy accredited. Updates for GCSE psychology and AS and A level history of art.
  178. 2 of 78 AS and A level specifications have been accredited. GCSE: GCSE design & technology AQA:Awaiting 2nd submission OCR:Awaiting 2nd submission Pearson(Edexcel):Awaiting 2nd submission WJEC Eduqas: Awaiting 2nd submission GCSE business OCR: 2nd submission received 29 July 2016 WJEC Eduqas: 2nd submission received 1 August 2016 AS and A level: AQA: Design & technology: A level "Fashion & Textiles: 1st submission received 19 May 2016, Product Design: 1st submission received 19 May 2016"
  179. Accreditation: AS and A level, Music Technology (Pearson)
  180. Update: New submission dates for various subjects.
  181. OCR: GCSE Economics accredited.
  182. Accredited: AQA GCSE economics
  183. Updates to GCSE submission dates.
  184. Pearson GCSE business accredited.
  185. Submission dates updated for both GCSE and As and A level
  186. Updates to GCSE business, economics and astronomy.
  187. Updates for GCSE business, astronomy and sociology.
  188. Updated the HTML document to show that the 2nd submission was received on 8 July 2016 for GCSE economics.
  189. Updated submission date for AS and A level archaeology.
  190. Updated submission dates for AS and A level history of art, environmental science, philosophy and accounting.
  191. Updated GCSE economics submission date.
  192. Update to the accreditation table for GCSE Economics, GCSE Astronomy and GCSE Geology.
  193. Updates to AS and A level music technology and GCSE business submission dates.
  194. Updated submission dates.
  195. Updated with the submission information for AS and A level environmental science.
  196. Updated information about the latest submission dates to Ofqual as of 21.06.2016.
  197. Updated with the latest submission date for GCSE Psychology
  198. Updated submission dates for GCSE Psychology and GCSE Geology
  199. Updated GCSE psychology.
  200. Updated GCSE engineering.
  201. Updated to show latest AS and A level submissions.
  202. Submissions received for AS and A level music technology.
  203. GCSE engineering and economics specs received.
  204. Added accreditation table for September 2017.
  205. First published.