Ofqual has today released an update for which qualifications will be reformed from September 2017.
The qualifications regulator released an initial list of qualifications in March which could begin teaching in September 2017.
But officials asked for a review into eight qualifications over concerns they did not meet the new reform principles.
Exam boards were invited to prove how they could meet the criteria, and here is the conclusion.
AS and A-level creative writing
AS and A-level health and social care
AS and A-level music technology
(Although Ofqual says there may be a possibility some of these subjects may not be reformed for 2017)
GCSE environmental and land-based science
GCSE health and social care
GCSE home economics: child development
AS and A-level international development
(Reformed content will not be developed and current qualifications withdrawn from September 2017. But Ofqual has not ruled out possibility of future reform)
So, the new and updated list of qualifications are below.
If a subject you teach is under the ‘will NOT be reformed’ list, then it will not be available to teach from 2017 (or earlier, depending on the exam board).
If it is on the list that Ofqual WILL reform then it should be safe. But being on the ‘will reform’ list is not a guarantee of survival. There is still the possibility exam boards won’t develop it.
Subjects that WILL begin reform ready for 2017
Design and Technology
Design and technology
Government and Politics
Health and social care
History of art
(Lists don’t include modern foreign language qualifications which has specific requirements)
Subjects that will NOT be reformed in 2017
Additional and further additional science
Additional applied science
Application of mathematics
Applied information and communication technology
Business and communication systems
Business studies and economics
Design and technology: food technology
Environmental and land-based science
Health and social care
Home economics: food and nutrition
Home Economics: child development
Home economics: textiles
Human health and physiology
Leisure and tourism
Applied art and design
Communication and culture
Economics and business
Home economics – food nutrition and health
Media: communication and production
Moving image arts
Quantitative methods (AS)
Science in society
Travel and Tourism
Use of Mathematics (AS)