Key Stage 4 Courses

GCSE grades are changing GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands. In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "ofqual 9 to 1 postcard". More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.

GCSE KS4 Courses

SubjectCourse TitleExam BoardQualification
ArtArt, Craft & Design section 3.4AQAGCSE
Graphic Communication section 3.6AQAGCSE
DTDesign Technology: Product DesignAQAGCSE
Design Technology from 2017 onwardsAQAGCSE
Design Technology: Technical Award Materials TechnologyAQAGCSE
EnglishEnglish Language WJEC EDUQASGCSE
English LiteratureWJEC EDUQASGCSE
Food Preparation & Nutrition Food Preparation & NutritionWJEC EDUQASGCSE
GeographyGeography OCRGCSE
MathsMathematics Linear AEDEXCELGCSE
Media StudiesMedia StudiesAQAGCSE
ScienceCombined Science: TrilogyAQAGCSE
Triple Science: BiologyAQAGCSE
Triple Science: ChemistryAQAGCSE
Triple Science: PhysicsAQAGCSE

Non-GCSE KS4 Courses

SubjectCourse TitleExam BoardQualification
EnglishStep up to EnglishAQAEntry Level - Silver
PEEdexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport Course SpecificationEDEXCELBTEC
ScienceEntry Level ScienceAQAEntry Level

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