The former Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, initiated the reform of GCSEs and A Levels in February 2013, asking Ofqual to implement changes that would lead to new qualifications. As part of this programme of reform, Ofqual decided that GCSE Humanities qualification should be withdrawn, due to overlapping content with one or more of the subjects being reformed. As a consequence of this, and declining numbers, awarding bodies chose not to redevelop the AS and A Level qualifications listed below.
We will continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the conclusion of the final resit series in 2019:
For centres looking for alternative courses to replace Humanities, we would recommend our new GCSE 9-1 qualifications in:
For further information on deadlines for submitting entries, entry amendments/withdrawals and the submission of marks for internal assessment please see the Admin guide: 14-19 qualifications.
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