Guidance

GCSE, AS and A level subjects accredited to be taught from 2017

Updated 23 February 2017

This page shows the status of specifications submitted to Ofqual to be taught as GCSEs, AS and A levels from September 2017.

Exam boards take these subject content and requirements documents and use them to produce a specification and sample assessment materials for any subject they wish to offer. The specification is submitted to Ofqual for consideration. Ofqual convenes a panel of subject and assessment experts to scrutinise the specification and make a decision on whether it meets all the requirements for that subject. If it does, it will be accredited and teachers will be able to use it. If it does not, it will be sent back to the exam board and they will have to change their specification based on the feedback given by Ofqual. When they have made the amendments they will submit the new specification.

1. Number of qualifications accredited

21 of 26 GCSE subjects have at least 1 specification accredited. 18 of 26 subjects have all specifications accredited.

14 of 20 AS and A level subjects have at least 1 specification accredited. 12 of 20 subjects have all specifications accredited.

2. Number of specifications accredited

2.1  For teaching from 2017

35 of 44 GCSE specifications have been accredited.

44 of 73 AS and A level specifications have been accredited.

2.2 For teaching from 2016

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

2.3 For teaching from 2015

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

3. The accreditation process

We have produced a diagram of the accreditation process.

4. Key information

Entry Meaning
Specification accredited
- Exam board is not submitting a specification for this subject
‘submission due’ The date the exam board is aiming to submit for accreditation
‘awaiting submission’ We are awaiting a submission from the exam board but they have not indicated when we will receive it or the date they indicated has passed
‘submission received’ We have received a specification from the exam board and it is awaiting an accreditation decision

5. GCSEs

Subject AQA OCR Pearson (Edexcel) WJEC Eduqas
GCSE ancient history - - -
GCSE Arabic - - 3rd submission received 22 February 2017 -
GCSE astronomy - - -
GCSE Bengali - - -
GCSE business
GCSE Chinese 3rd submission received 21 February 2017 - -
GCSE classical civilisation - - -
GCSE design & technology
GCSE economics - -
GCSE electronics - - -
GCSE engineering - - -
GCSE film studies - -
GCSE geology - - -
GCSE Italian - -
GCSE Japanese - - -
GCSE media studies Awaiting 3rd submission 3rd submission due 9 March 2017 -
GCSE modern Greek - - 3rd submission received 21 February 2017 -
GCSE modern Hebrew 4th submission due 24 February 2017 - - -
GCSE PE (short course) - -
GCSE Polish 3rd submission received 1 February 2017 - - -
GCSE psychology -
GCSE Panjabi - - -
GCSE Russian - - 3rd submission received 21 February 2017 -
GCSE sociology - -
GCSE statistics 4th submission received 21 February 2017 - -
GCSE Urdu - -

6. AS and A levels

Subject AQA OCR Pearson (Edexcel) WJEC Eduqas
Accounting: A level - - -
Accounting: AS level - - -
Ancient history: A level - - -
Ancient history: AS level - - -
Chinese: A level - - -
Chinese: AS level - - -
Classical civilisation: A level - - -
Classical civilisation: AS level - - -
Design & technology: A level Fashion & Textiles: ✓

Product Design: ✓
Awaiting 5th submission
Design & technology: AS level Fashion & Textiles: ✓

Product Design: ✓
4th submission received 16 February 2017
Electronics: A level - - -
Electronics: AS level - - -
Environmental science: A level - - -
Environmental science: AS level - - -
Film studies: A level - -
Film studies: AS level - -
Further maths: A level 2nd submission received 16 February 2017 Spec A: 2nd submission received 6 February 2017

Spec MEI B: 2nd submission received 13 February 2017
Awaiting 3rd submission -
Further maths: AS level 2nd submission received 16 February 2017 Spec A: 2nd submission received 6 February 2017

Spec MEI B: 2nd submission received 13 February 2017
Awaiting 3rd submission -
Geology: A level - -
Geology: AS level - -
History of art: A level - - 1st submission due 8 March 2017 -
Italian: A level - - -
Italian: AS level - - -
Law: A level -
Law: AS level -
Maths: A level Awaiting 4th submission Spec A: ✓

Spec MEI B: ✓
4th submission due 6 March 2017 -
Maths: AS level Awaiting 4th submission Spec A: ✓

Spec MEI B: ✓
4th submission due 6 March 2017 -
Media studies: A level Awaiting 3rd submission 3rd submission due 9 March 2017 - 3rd submission received 16 February 2017
Media studies: AS level Awaiting 3rd submission 3rd submission due 2 March 2017 - 3rd submission received 20 February 2017
Music technology: A level - - -
Music technology: AS level - - -
Philosophy: A level - - -
Philosophy: AS level - - -
Politics: A level 3rd submission received 14 February 2017 - 4th submission due 8 March 2017 -
Politics: AS level 3rd submission received 14 February 2017 - 4th submission due 8 March 2017 -
Russian: A level - - 3rd submission due 2 March 2017 -
Russian: AS level - - 3rd submission due 2 March 2017 -
Statistics: A level - - 1st submission due 11 April 2017 -
Statistics: AS level - - 1st submission due 11 April 2017 -