A level and GCSE reforms

Wed Apr 30 15:32:00 UTC 2014

This update contains the latest information on qualification reform for GCSE and A Level Economics and Business Studies.

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A Level reform

On 9 April 2014 the Department for Education (DfE) published the revised content requirements for A Level qualifications for first teaching from September 2015.

You can download a copies of the subject criteria from the DfE website.

Key changes proposed for AS and A level 2015

From first teaching in September 2015, new A levels will be linear qualifications, with all assessment at the end of the course. AS will become a standalone qualification and won't contribute towards an A level.

The subject criteria for AS and A level Economics and Business have been revised and therefore all awarding organisations must design new specifications which adhere to these criteria. The key changes are summarised below:

  • a requirement to include the financial sector in all A level Economics specifications
  • a requirement that the assessment of quantitative skills make up 20 per cent of the total assessment in A level Economics
  • Business Studies will now be called Business
  • a requirement that the assessment of quantitative skills make up 10 per cent of the total assessment in A level Business

A level reform timeline

Read a timeline of A level qualification reform below.

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Coming soon for A level Economics and Business

Draft A level specifications

We'll be submitting draft A level specifications to Ofqual for accreditation in June. A draft copy of the specification will then be uploaded onto the website and we'll notify you when it's available.

Face to face and online launch events

A level Business

Date Location Event code
16/06/2014 London 14LBAB01/01
17/06/2014 Birmingham  14LBAB01/02
18/06/2014 Manchester 14LBAB01/03
19/06/2014 Leeds  14LBAB01/04
25/06/2014 Taunton 14LBAB01/05
03/07/2014 Online 14LOAB01/01
08/07/2014 Online  14LOAB01/02

GCSE Economics

Date Location Event code
16/06/2014 London 14LBAB02/01
17/06/2014 Birmingham  14LBAB02/02
18/06/2014 Manchester 14LBAB02/03
19/06/2014 Leeds  14LBAB02/04
25/06/2014 Taunton 14LBAB02/05
02/07/2014 Online 14LOAB02/01
07/07/2014 Online  14LOAB02/02

Bookings can be made on our training page.

You can also email us at trainingevents@pearson.com. Please identify the event that you wish to attend, providing:

  • the event code, date and location
  • your contact name, your email address, your centre name and number (if applicable)

Of course, if you're not currently an Edexcel centre or if you are an LA Advisor or work in another capacity with English teaching you are also very welcome to attend.

Accredited A level specifications

These will be available in the autumn term 2014, for first teaching September 2015.

Planning and support documents

In autumn term 2014 we'll provide you with support documents to help you plan for 2015, including schemes of work, getting started guides, course planners and content mapping documents.

Getting Ready to Teach events

From autumn term 2014, we’ll have a further programme of online and face-to-face launch events followed by Getting Ready to Teach events to help you plan and deliver the new specifications.

GCSE reform

The April 9 DfE announcement listed the subjects to be redeveloped for first teaching from September 2016.  GCSE Business Studies was not on this 2016 list - remaining subjects are to be redeveloped for first teaching in September 2017.

Read more about GCSE reform.

Read the DfE announcement.

This means that you can plan for 3 more cohorts with the existing specification.

Kind regards,

Colin

Colin Leith, Business and Economics subject advisor
Colin LeithBusiness and Economics
UK: 020 7010 2182
Intl: + 44 (0)20 7010 2182
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