Exams

Changes to GCSE and A levels

Over the last few years, there have been many significant changes to the GCSE and A level courses, exams and grading systems.

Generally speaking, the new courses have wider and more challenging content than in previous years, exams have been made harder and the amount of coursework has been reduced. A new 9-1 grading system has also been introduced for GCSE subjects. 

All of these changes mean that this year’s results cannot and should not be compared with those of previous years.

To help you understand these changes further, here are some links to useful documents provided by the ASCL teacher’s union and the Department for Education

 

GCSE changes

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents/Carers

 

Frequently Asked Questions for students

 

Top facts from the DfE about GCSE changes

 

New GCSE Factsheet

 

GCSE and A level changes

GCSE changes summary

 

A level changes summary

 

If you need further information please contact me at college

Mr Bradley

Deputy Headteacher

martin.bradley@thomasbennett-tkat.org