- New Curriculum and Assessment Changes
New Curriculum and Assessment Changes
Last updated 27 May 2014.
Key timeline for secondary science
New A level and GCSE content
New content has been published by DfE this month. New A levels content to be taught from September 2015 can be found here. New GCSE content for combined and single sciences, to be taught in schools from September 2016 can be found here.
A-level practical science assessment
Ofqual announcement to separate practical science from A-level grades. The regulator is to go ahead with its plan to separate practical science skills from the overall A-level grade and this will mean:
- Requirement to undertake a minimum of twelve practical activities throughout the two year course.
- Students will receive a separate grade for practical skills (pass/fail grade).
- Students could fail their practical competence test and still achieve an A*.
Other assessment changes
Ofqual announced in April 2014 the introduction on new top-level grades from 2017 to better differentiate high achivers and benchmark the UK with international comparisons. GCSEs are to be graded from nine to one, replacing A*-to-G grades. The equivalent level 'C' is likely to become a level 4.