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Teaching of the first tranche of new qualifications began in September 2015 and the first available assessment for the new AS Levels will be June 2016 series. The June 2016 series will also be the final assessment opportunity for a number of GCSEs, AS and A Level subjects being replaced as part of the government reform of general qualifications. As the entries deadline for the June 2016 series approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the qualifications that these changes apply to.
AS and A Levels
A range of new reformed AS and A level qualifications have been developed for first teach from September 2015. The new AS Level qualifications no longer count towards the final grade of the new A Level qualifications as they are separate qualifications in their own right.
The subjects reformed for first teach from 2015 are:
AS Level: Summer 2016
A Level: Summer 2017
Biology† (H021) (H421)
Human Biology* (H023) (H423)
Chemistry A† (H034) (H434)
Chemistry B (Salters) (H035) (H435)
Physics A† (H158) (H558)
Physics B (Advancing Physics) (H159) (H559)
Science (AS only) (H178)
Please note: The final assessment opportunity for AS Science (H178) is summer 2016, with a resit opportunity in summer 2017 (tbc – see information on resits below). This is a change from the list published in the September 2015 SIU.
*The summer 2016 final assessment opportunity only applies to centres that have not previously offered this qualification. Centres that have offered the qualification before have a final assessment opportunity in summer 2017, with a resit opportunity in summer 2018 (tbc, please see information on resits below).
†For Northern Ireland centres only, the final assessment opportunity for this qualification will be summer 2017, with no resit opportunity. Department of Education, Northern Ireland (DENI) requirements for AS/A Level sciences in Northern Ireland are different to requirements in England. Centres in Northern Ireland will need to transfer to the reformed CCEA specifications in these subjects.
New GCSE (9–1) qualifications for first teaching from September 2015 have been developed in English Language, English Literature and Maths: