Changes to GCSEs

There will be differences between new GCSEs offered by Awarding Organisations (AOs) to schools in Northern Ireland. The main differences in these GCSE are:

  • Grading: CCEA Awarding Organisation will continue to grade GCSEs using letters, with an additional C* grade. It will also be putting in place a new system for awarding the A* grade. AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC Eduqas will grade their GCSEs 9-1.
  • Structure: AQA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC Eduqas will offer linear GCSEs. CCEA Awarding Organisation will offer some linear and some modular GCSEs.

In November 2016, a letter was issued to all schools by the Department of Education, informing them that WJEC GCSEs would not be available for schools here to use from September 2017.

A copy of this letter is available below:

GCSE Grading - GCSEs Offered by WJEC  122.4 KB - Uploaded 17-11-2016

Details of GCSE subjects which are available for schools here to teach in 2016 and 2017 and beyond are given on this website.