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Development of new and revised GCSEs and A levels for Wales

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We worked with stakeholders during 2013 and early 2014 to develop new and revised GCSE, AS and A level qualifications for first teaching from 2015.

In response to recommendations 18 and 19 of the final report from the Review of Qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds in Wales, we worked with stakeholders during 2013 and early 2014 to develop proposals for new GCSEs in English, Welsh and maths and revised AS and A levels for Wales.  We also published a series of online surveys to elicit the views of the wider stakeholder community on these proposals - for details, please see the surveys and Summary reports of the responses to them.

Information about all the new and revised GCSEs, AS and A levels to be introduced in Wales for teaching from 2015 and beyond is available on the Qualifications Wales website (external link).

English and Welsh GCSEs

New GCSEs in English Language and Welsh Language will focus on the skills learners will need in their everyday lives. This will prepare them for the world of work or further study as well as to be active participants in society. Revised GCSEs in English Literature and Welsh Literature will be similar to the current specifications but refreshed and updated.

Mathematics GCSEs

Two new GCSEs in mathematics are being introduced:

  • The first of these will aim to provide a greater assurance of numeracy by assessing the mathematical skills used in work, general study and daily life.
  • The second, dealing with aspects of mathematical techniques, will extend to other aspects of mathematics including those needed for progression to scientific, technical or further mathematical study.

A levels

Revised AS and A level qualifications in Wales will (where appropriate) share the same content as those in England (and possibly Northern Ireland) but the assessment structures will vary between the countries.

We are committed to keeping AS and A levels as coupled qualifications and limiting re-sits to one per module. January assessments are no longer available.