Guidance

Subject-level arrangements

A table setting out the specific subjects in which qualifications are being reformed to meet the requirements set by each regulator.

Schools and colleges can use the table below to see which qualifications have been developed for use in each jurisdiction and, in combination with the table above, which qualifications in which subjects are available to them.

The reforms to qualifications are taking place on a phased transition which means some subjects are being reformed at different times across the 3 countries. Not all subjects have yet been reformed – check the website of the relevant regulator or with your exam board for more details.

This table should be read in relation to the Statement from the qualification regulators on changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels, also attached below.

A levels

A level subject Requirements set by Ofqual Requirements set by Qualifications Wales Requirements set by CCEA Regulation
Accounting Yes No No
Ancient history Yes No No
Ancient languages1 Yes No No
Archaeology2 Yes No No
Art and design Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Classical civilization Yes No No
Computer science Yes Yes No
Dance Yes No No
Design and technology Yes Yes Yes
Digital technology No No Yes
Drama and theatre Yes Yes No
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Electronics Yes No No
English language Yes Yes No
English language and literature Yes Yes No
English literature Yes Yes Yes
Environmental science Yes No No
Environmental technology No No Yes
Film studies Yes No No
Further maths Yes Yes Yes
Geography Yes Yes Yes
Geology Yes No No
Government and politics3 No Yes Yes
Health and social care No No Yes
History Yes Yes Yes
History of art Yes No Yes
Irish No No Yes
Journalism No No Yes
Law Yes Yes No
Life and health sciences   No Yes
Modern foreign languages (French, German, and Spanish) Yes Yes Yes
Modern foreign languages (other languages)4 Yes No No
Modern foreign languages (listening, reading, writing)5 Yes No No
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Media studies Yes Yes No
Moving image arts No No Yes
Music Yes Yes Yes
Music technology Yes No No
Nutrition and food science No No Yes
Performing arts No No Yes
Philosophy Yes No No
Physical education Yes Yes No
Politics6 Yes No No
Psychology Yes Yes No
Religious studies Yes Yes Yes
Science (biology, chemistry and physics) Yes Yes Yes
Sociology Yes No No
Software systems development No No Yes
Sports science and the active leisure industry No No Yes
Statistics Yes No No
Welsh No Yes No
Welsh second language No Yes No

1 Classical Greek, biblical Hebrew, Latin

2 Ofqual has set requirements for A level Archaeology, but no qualifications have been or are being developed in this subject

3 Government and politics A level with separate subject content is available in Wales and Northern Ireland.

4 Chinese, Italian, Russian

5 Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, modern Greek, modern Hebrew, Japanese, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu

6Politics A level with separate subject content is available in England.

GCSEs

GCSE subject Requirements set by Ofqual Requirements set by Qualifications Wales Requirements set by CCEA Regulation
Ancient history Yes No No
Ancient languages7 Yes No No
Agriculture and land use No No Yes
Applied science (single award) No Yes No
Applied science (double award) No Yes No
Astronomy Yes No No
Art and design Yes Yes Yes
Design & technology Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Business and communications systems No No Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Child development No No Yes
Citizenship studies Yes No No
Classical civilisation Yes No No
Combined science (double award) Yes Yes Yes
Computer science Yes Yes No
Construction No No Yes
Contemporary crafts No No Yes
Dance Yes No No
Digital technology No No Yes
Drama Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes No Yes
Electronics Yes No No
Engineering Yes No No
Engineering and manufacturing No No Yes
English language Yes Yes Yes
English literature Yes Yes Yes
Film studies Yes No No
Food preparation and nutrition Yes Yes Yes
Further maths No No Yes
Gaeilge No No Yes
Geography Yes Yes Yes
Geology Yes No No
Government and politics No No Yes
Health and social care8 No No Yes
History Yes Yes Yes
Hospitality No No Yes
Irish No No Yes
Journalism No No Yes
Learning for life and work No No Yes
Leisure travel and tourism No No Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics – numeracy No Yes No
Media studies Yes Yes No
Modern foreign languages (French, German and Spanish) Yes Yes Yes
Modern foreign languages (other languages)9 Yes No No
Motor vehicle and road user studies No No Yes
Moving image arts No No Yes
Music Yes Yes Yes
Physical education Yes Yes Yes
Physical education short course Yes Yes No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes No No
Religious studies Yes Yes Yes
Religious studies short course Yes Yes No
Single award science No No Yes
Sociology Yes No No
Statistics Yes No Yes
Welsh No Yes No
Welsh literature No Yes No
Welsh second language No Yes No

7 Classical Greek, biblical Hebrew, Latin

8 Legacy GCSE provision for child development and health and social care will continue to be available in Wales until 2020.

9 Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, modern Greek, Gujarati, modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Urdu

Published 15 August 2019