The following notice was updated in November 2016 to confirm the availability of the Business Studies January series.
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, we have redeveloped 25 GCSE (9–1) qualifications for first teach in September 2015 and September 2016. We are currently developing 8 GCSE (9–1) qualifications for first teach in September 2017.
Alongside this, we have a requirement to ensure that our Entry Level provision allows progression to our new GCSE (9–1) qualifications. As part of our review of Entry Level qualifications we have made the difficult decision not to redevelop our Entry Level Certificates in Business Studies, Child Development, Classical Greek, Design and Technology, Food Studies, French, German, Spanish, ICT and Religious Studies due to overlapping content and declining numbers. The final assessment opportunity will be summer 2018, with a resit opportunity in summer 2019.
We will continue to support and assess the qualifications up to the conclusion of the final resit series in 2019.
* Please note there will not be a January series from 2018.The last January series will be in 2017.
*These qualifications are eligible for funding in Wales or in the process of being submitted for designated status (funding eligibility) in Wales. Maintained sector schools in Wales should check the QiW for full details of available qualifications.
For further information on deadlines for submitting entries, entry amendments/withdrawals and the submission of marks for internal assessment, please see the Administration area.
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