UK Arts subjects to be made harder

Subjects will be reformed under the new plans.

UK GCSE and A-level arts subjects are to be made more difficult in the latest stage of a major exams system overhaul.


Nine GCSE subjects and six A-levels will be reformed under the new plans.

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September 2016 will see new GCSEs in art and design, music, drama, dance, citizenship, computer science, design and technology, PE and religious studies.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “I am passionate about great art, drama, dance, music and design, and I am determined to ensure every child enjoys access to the best in our culture.

“That is why I am delighted that new high-quality qualifications in creative and cultural subjects will be made available to all students.”

GCSE grades in England will be replaced with a numbered system, making it easier for examiners to distinguish between the brightest students.

The new scale will also see an extra grade added into a revamped qualifications system from one to nine – with nine being the highest available mark.

Under the plans, AS-levels will be separated from A-levels and become a qualification in themselves.

In the future, students taking A-levels will no longer sit exams after one year, but will be tested instead at the end of their two-year course.




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