Guidance

Timeline of changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels

An overview of what changes will be made to GCSE, AS and A level qualifications between 2015 and 2020.

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These documents show:

  • what changes to qualifications will be happening for each year group
  • changes to GCSE subjects by academic year
  • changes to AS and A level subjects by academic year
Published 24 November 2014
Last updated 5 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the new academic year.
  2. Updated with qualifications being reformed for first teaching from September 2018
  3. Updated information about resits for legacy GCSEs, AS and A levels
  4. Updated to reflect school years from September 2016.
  5. Updated to reflect latest decisions on subjects to be reformed for first teaching in September 2017
  6. Subjects changed following DfE consultation
  7. Updated to reflect school years from 2015
  8. Updated to reflect recent changes.
  9. Removed PDF timelines as they are out of date.
  10. Updated attached files with latest information.
  11. Updates to subject titles
  12. Removed 'design and technology' from the list of GCSEs (9 to 1) to be first taught in 2016.
  13. A level design and technology has been moved to its correct position.
  14. New timelines attached - one showing changes to GCSE subjects by academic year and the other showing changes to AS and A level subjects by academic year.
  15. Attachment was updated to correct a couple of mistakes in headings saying 'September' rather than 'Summer' and to also reflect that new AS and A levels in maths and further maths have been put back by a year.
  16. First published.