New A level and GCSE science and GCSE English Language qualifications

This page is updated regularly to reflect developments in relation to all subjects. Information correct as of January 2017

Minister O’Dowd announced (September 2014) that all science A levels offered in schools in Northern Ireland must have marks for the assessment of practical skills contributing to the overall grade. The table below details which of the new science A levels (for first teaching from September 2015 / 2016) will meet this requirement.

Minister Weir announced (June 2016) that all science GCSEs offered in schools in Northern Ireland must have marks for the assessment of practical skills contributing to the overall grade. The table below details which of the new science GCSEs (for first teaching from September 2016 / 2017) will meet this requirement. This decision is currently under review. Any future decisions will be communicated to schools.

Minister Weir announced (November 2016) that WJEC GCSEs graded A*-G would not be available to schools here from 2017. The table below reflects this decision.

AS/A Level Sciences

Awarding Organisation Subject Level Meets requirement
AQA Biology AS and A level No
AQA Chemistry AS and A level No
AQA Physics AS and A level No
CCEA Biology AS and A level Yes
CCEA Chemistry AS and A level Yes
CCEA Physics AS and A level Yes
OCR Biology A and B AS and A level No
OCR Chemistry A and B AS and A level No
OCR Physics A and B AS and A level No
Pearson Biology A and B AS and A level No
Pearson Chemistry AS and A level No
Pearson Physics AS and A level No
WJEC Biology AS and A level Yes
WJEC Chemistry AS and A level Yes
WJEC Physics AS and A level Yes
WJEC Eduqas Biology AS and A level No
WJEC Eduqas Chemistry AS and A level No
WJEC Eduqas Physics AS and A level No

GCSE Sciences

Awarding Organisation Subject Level Meets requirement
AQA Biology GCSE No
AQA Chemistry GCSE No
AQA Combined Science GCSE No
AQA Physics GCSE No
CCEA Biology GCSE Yes
CCEA Chemistry GCSE Yes
CCEA Double Award Science GCSE Yes
CCEA Single Award Science GCSE Yes
CCEA Physics GCSE Yes
OCR Biology GCSE No
OCR Chemistry GCSE No
OCR Combined Science GCSE No
OCR Physics GCSE No
Pearson Biology GCSE No
Pearson Chemistry GCSE No
Pearson Combined Science GCSE No
Pearson Physics GCSE No
WJEC Eduqas Biology GCSE No
WJEC Eduqas Chemistry GCSE No
WJEC Eduqas Combined Science GCSE No
WJEC Eduqas Physics GCSE No

New GCSE English Language qualifications

Minister O’Dowd announced (March 2014) that all English Language GCSEs offered in schools in Northern Ireland must have marks for speaking and listening contributing to the overall grade. The table below details which of the new English Language GCSEs (for first teaching from September 2015) will meet this requirement.

Awarding Organisation Subject First teaching Meets requirement
AQA GCSE English Language 2015 No
CCEA GCSE English Language 2017 Yes
OCR GCSE English Language 2015 No
Pearson GCSE English Language 2015 No