The former Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, initiated the reform of GCSEs and AS, and A Levels in February 2013, asking Ofqual to implement changes that would lead to new qualifications. As a consequence of this programme of reform, lack of recognition in school performance tables and funding criteria changes OCR and other awarding bodies made the difficult decision not to redevelop GCE Travel and Tourism, GCE Leisure Studies and GCSE Leisure and Tourism. Therefore, the current qualifications will be withdrawn at the conclusion of the final assessment series. Learners starting any of these qualifications in September 2016 will be the last full two-year cohort.
We will continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the conclusion of the final assessment series, as follows:
For information on Ofqual’s decisions about GCSE, AS and A level reform, or timing for the withdrawal of legacy GCSEs, AS and A levels please see the Ofqual website.
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.
If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998.