GCSE changes 2017
Recent changes to the current GCSE exams mean that coursework is reduced to the absolute minimum. Most pupils are assessed by a final exam(s) at the end of two years rather than more frequent assessments over their course. Grades will change from A*-G and be replaced with Grades 1-9. The first new exams for GCSE Maths and English will be in summer 2017. The new GCSE Science exams will start in summer 2018.
There's no Foundation Level in the new English GCSEs — students of all abilities will take the same exams. There are fewer course options in the new Science GCSEs. Most students will either take the new Combined Science course (worth two GCSEs) or three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Coursework and practical assessments play a much smaller part in the new GCSE courses — which means most of the marks are won or lost in the exams at the end of Year 11.
For other GCSE subjects, the new Grade 9-1 courses will be introduced over the next few years.