This year will see the first cohort of students preparing for the new GCSE examinations.
Here you will find useful resources for students and parents who are looking for tuition in Birmingham at KS1-3, GCSE and A-level.
Following changes to the Primary and Key Stage 3 curriculum in September 2014, A Levels and GCSEs are also changing.
From September 2015, new syllabuses are being followed by all schools and colleges. Birmingham Tutors are committed to keeping abreast of all these developments so you can be assured that your child will receive the specialist knowledge they need.
Grading 9 – 1
The way GCSEs are graded is changing. All new GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 5 considered a good GCSE and grade 9 being the highest and the top half of A*.
This means that when exam results are announced in 2017, GCSE English Language, English Literature and Maths will be graded 9–1, as the new specifications for these subjects are being taught from September 2015.
By 2019, all GCSEs will be graded 9–1, as only new GCSEs will be taught from September 2017.
This new system is intended to help provide more differentiation between higher and lower achieving students.
Please see GCSE
De-coupled AS and A-levels
AS and A-levels have been decoupled, which means that they’re separate qualifications and the AS no longer counts towards the A-level.
Students can still pick several subjects at AS to help them decide which subjects they’d like to take at A-level. The AS is excellent preparation for the A-level.
Want to know more?
Visit GCSE and A-level Examining Boards for more information.