Developments to A level Science and GCSE English Language
This page is updated regularly to reflect developments in relation to all subjects.
The information on this page is correct as of March 2017.
AS/A level Sciences
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.
|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|
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||Meets requirement|
|AQA||GCSE English Language||No|
|CCEA||GCSE English Language||Yes|
|OCR||GCSE English Language||No|
|Pearson||GCSE English Language||No|
|Eduqas||GCSE English Language||No|