A Level and GCSE subject change dates

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Changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels that will affect each current school year group

Updated 31 March 2017

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1 Already implemented

2 Left school in summer 2016

3 Year 13

4 Year 12

5 Year 11

6 Year 10

7 Year 9

8 Year 8

This document gives an overview of the changes that will happen to GCSEs, AS levels and A levels. Go to the heading for your child’s current year group (for the academic year that started in September 2016) to see what the changes will be for them.
1. Already implemented

1.1 September 2015

Students started studying new AS levels and A levels in:
art and design

biology

business

chemistry

computer science

economics

English language

English language and literature

English literature

history

physics

psychology

sociology

Students started studying new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
English language

English literature

maths

1.2 Summer 2016

Students had the opportunity to take new AS level exams in:
art and design

biology

business

chemistry

computer science

economics

English language

English language and literature

English literature

history

physics

psychology

sociology

2. Left school in summer 2016

2.1 Summer 2017

Last opportunity to resit exams for legacy AS and A levels in:
art and design

biology

business

chemistry

computer science

economics

English language

English language and literature

English literature

history

physics

psychology

sociology

3. Year 13

3.1 Summer 2017

Students will take exams for new AS and A levels in:
art and design

biology

business

chemistry

computer science

economics

English language

English language and literature

English literature

history

physics

psychology

sociology

3.2 Summer 2018

Last opportunity to resit exams for legacy AS and A levels in:
ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)

dance

drama and theatre

geography

modern foreign languages (French, German, Spanish)

music

physical education

religious studies

4. Year 12

4.1 September 2016

As well as the subjects in sections 1 and 3, students will start studying new AS levels and A levels in:
ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)

dance

drama and theatre

geography

modern foreign languages (French, German, Spanish)

music

physical education

religious studies

4.2 November 2016

Resits available for GCSEs (graded A* to G) in maths, English and English language.
4.3 Summer 2017

As well as the subjects in sections 1 and 3, students will have the opportunity to take AS level exams in:
ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)

dance

drama and theatre

geography

modern foreign languages (French, German, Spanish)

music

physical education

religious studies

Final opportunity for students to resit exams for GCSEs (graded A* to G) in maths, English and English language.
4.4 Summer 2018

As well as the subjects in sections 1 and 3, students will take exams for new AS and A levels in:
ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)

dance

drama and theatre

geography

modern foreign languages (French, German, Spanish)

music

physical education

religious studies

4.5 Summer 2019

Last opportunity to resit exams for legacy AS and A levels in:
accounting

ancient history

archaeology

classical civilisation

design and technology

electronics

environmental science

film studies

further maths

general studies

geology

government and politics

history of art

information and communications technology (ICT)

law

maths

media studies

modern foreign languages (Chinese, Dutch, Italian and Russian)

music technology

philosophy

statistics

5. Year 11

5.1 Summer 2017

Students will take exams for new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
English literature

English language

maths

5.2 September 2017

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3 and 4, students will start studying new AS and A levels in:
accounting

ancient history

classical civilisation

design and technology

electronics

environmental science

film studies

further maths

geology

government and politics

history of art (A level only)

law

maths

media studies

modern foreign languages (Chinese, Italian and Russian)

music technology

philosophy

statistics

5.3 November 2017

First opportunity for students to resit exams for new GCSEs in English language and maths. Students will also be able to resit these subjects in summer 2018, and in November or summer of subsequent years.
5.4 Summer 2018

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3 and 4, students will have the opportunity to take AS level exams in:
accounting

ancient history

classical civilisation

design and technology

electronics

environmental science

film studies

further maths

geology

government and politics

law

maths

media studies

modern foreign languages (Chinese, Italian and Russian)

music technology

philosophy

statistics

5.5 Summer 2019

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3 and 4, students will take exams for new AS and A levels in:
accounting

ancient history

classical civilisation

design and technology

electronics

environmental science

film studies

further maths

general studies

geology

government and politics

history of art (A level only)

information and communications technology (ICT)

law

maths

media studies

modern foreign languages (Chinese, Italian and Russian)

music technology

philosophy

statistics

5.6 Summer 2020

Last opportunity to resit exams for legacy AS and A levels in:
ancient languages (biblical Hebrew)

modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu)

6. Year 10

6.1 September 2016

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4 and 5, students will start studying new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)

art and design

biology

chemistry

citizenship studies

computer science

dance

double science

drama

food preparation and nutrition

geography

history

modern foreign languages (French, German and Spanish)

music

physical education

physics

religious studies

6.2 Summer 2018

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4 and 5, students will take exams for new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)

art and design

biology

chemistry

citizenship studies

computer science

dance

double science

drama

food preparation and nutrition

geography

history

modern foreign languages (French, German and Spanish)

music

physical education

physics

religious studies

6.3 September 2018

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4 and 5 students will start studying new AS and A levels in:
ancient languages (biblical Hebrew A level only)

modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu)

6.4 Summer 2019

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4 and 5 students will have the opportunity to take AS level exams in:
modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu)

6.5 Summer 2020

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4 and 5 students will take exams for new AS and A levels in:
ancient languages (biblical Hebrew A level only)

modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu)

7. Year 9

7.1 September 2017

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6, students will start studying new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
ancient history

astronomy

business

classical civilisation

design and technology

economics

electronics

engineering

film studies

geology

media studies

modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, modern Greek, modern Hebrew, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Urdu)

psychology

sociology

statistics

7.2 Summer 2019

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6, students will take exams for new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
ancient history

astronomy

business

classical civilisation

design and technology

economics

electronics

engineering

film studies

geology

media studies

modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, modern Greek, modern Hebrew, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Urdu)

psychology

sociology

statistics

8. Year 8

8.1 September 2018

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 students will start studying new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
ancient languages (biblical Hebrew)

modern foreign languages (Gujarati, Persian, Portuguese, Turkish)

8.2 Summer 2020

As well as the subjects in sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, students will take exams for new GCSEs, graded 9 to 1, in:
ancient languages (biblical Hebrew)

modern foreign languages (Gujarati, Persian, Portuguese, Turkish)

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