The Times is reporting that while geology and creative writing are among four subjects given a late reprieve in an Ofqual cull of GCSE and A-level qualifications, four others are to be scrapped…
The move is part of the ongoing attempt by Ofqual to remove qualifications either deemed to overlap with other subjects or seen as unsuitable to more rigorous assessments being introduced to create tougher standards.
Eight subjects remained under review – four at GCSE and four at AS and A level. of these, Ofqual has now announced that four will be saved with new content developed:
- GCSE geology
- AS and A level creative writing
- AS and A level health and social care
- AS and A level music technology
However, the other four will be withdrawn and will not be available to teach from September 2017:
- GCSE environmental and land-based science
- GCSE health and social care
- GCSE home economics: child development
- AS and A level international development
The report points out that the exercise has already resulted in a number of high-profile casualties including A levels in anthropology, critical thinking, engineering and performing arts, along with GCSEs in law, catering, general studies and environmental science.
More at: No place for GCSE home economics (subscription may be required)
See all the detail direct from Ofqual in a pdf at: Further Decisions for Completing GCSE, AS and A Level Reform in 2017
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