Edexcel GCSE Engineering (2009)

Withdrawal of Applied GCSEs from 2017

Qualification news | 15 April 2015

As part of the government’s GCSE reform, we're withdrawing the option of Applied GCSE for learners from 2017.

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The current range of Applied GCSEs are being withdrawn, so the last first-teach date is September 2016. We're developing our plans for our curriculum offer from 2017 and will be in touch when we can confirm them.

The following courses are being withdrawn:

  • GCSE Applied Business
  • GCSE Engineering
  • GCSE Health and Social Care
  • GCSE Leisure and Tourism
  • GCSE Manufacturing

Your Edexcel Applied GCSEs will be available until 2017, so you can be confident about choosing the right course for your applied learners over the next few years with plenty of time to plan.

What does this mean for my learners?

From September 2017, you'll need to have moved your learners onto either Edexcel GCSEs or the BTEC First qualifications, but we will be in touch with more information as soon as we confirm our plans.

Summary of our current Applied GCSE courses and the new qualifications that will replace them

Applied GCSE subject

Last first-teach date for
a 2-year course


First teach date for new course

Your Subject Advisor


Applied Business

September 2016

GCSE Business

Available now

Colin Leith

BTEC First in Business

Available now


September 2016


BTEC First in Engineering

Available now

The engineering team

BTEC First in Engineering Design and Product Investigation

Available now

BTEC First in Engineering Electronics and Computer Control Technologies

Available now

BTEC First in Engineering Materials and Manufacturing

Available now

Health and Social Care

September 2016

BTEC First in Health and Social Care

Available now

Kate Elsmore

Leisure and Tourism

September 2016

BTEC First in Travel and Tourism

Available now

Jon Wolton


September 2016

BTEC First in Engineering Materials and Manufacturing

Available now

The manufacturing team

We’re here to help

You can talk through your options for September 2017 with one of our subject experts. You'll find contact details in the 'support for teachers' section at the foot of each qualification page.

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