Decisions following consultation on GCSEs and A levels


January 26
16:00 2015

The decisions follow a public consultation on the assessment arrangements for the reformed qualifications. They cover the following reformed GCSE subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Computer science

And reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels in the following subjects:

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Physical education

Ofqual has produced a short document explaining the decisions it has taken. The key decisions are summarised below.

Summary of decisions

  1. Ofqual has previously confirmed that new AS and A level qualifications will not be tiered, and that new GCSEs should only be tiered where a single set of assessments cannot in a valid and manageable way assess students across the full ability range. None of the GCSEs included in todays announcement will be tiered.

  2. Ofqual has finalised the assessment objectives for all subjects included in todays announcements.

  3. The balance of exam and non-exam assessment for new qualifications in these subjects is detailed in the table below. The current % is in brackets*.

Subject GCSE weighting of non-exam assessment AS weighting of non-exam assessment A level weighting of non-exam assessment
Art and design 100% (100%) N/A N/A
Computer science 20% (25 to 60%) N/A N/A
Dance 60% (80%) 50% (60%) 50% (55%)
Music 60% (60 to 80%) 60% (60 to 70%) 60% (60 to 70%)
Physical education 40% (60%) 30% (35 to 50%) 30% (35 to 50%)

Remaining 2016 subjects

Ofqual and the DfE have also recently consulted in parallel on the content and assessment arrangements for a further group of qualifications planned for first teaching in September 2016. These are:

  1. GCSEs in: citizenship studies, cooking and nutrition, design and technology, drama and religious studies.

  2. AS qualifications and A levels in: drama and theatre, and religious studies.

  3. The results of this consultation will be announced in February 2015.



*The existing regulatory requirements for assessment in these subjects were not designed to our current definition of non-exam assessment. Instead they were determined by the amount of internal and external assessment permitted. Therefore, when we describe the current weighting of non-exam assessment, we refer to the amount of assessment that is seen or could be permitted in current qualifications and which falls under our definition of non-exam assessment.

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