Exam subjects set for 'major overhaul'

Dozens of GCSEs, AS and A-levels are set to be ditched in the latest stage of a major shake-up of exams.

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Exam subject shake-up proposals outlined

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Exam watchdog Ofqual will today set out its proposals for completing GCSE and A level reform.

Ofqual is making proposals about how subject content should be reviewed, and stating the standards it expects for subjects to continue.

Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey said: "We think it important that subject content is reviewed and updated as qualifications change, and we set out proposals for how we think that is best done for the remaining subjects.

At the same time, there are subjects which we think would not meet the principles we have put forward, and which we propose should be discontinued."

'Dozens' of school exam subjects set for overhaul

Pupils study in the IT/Media suite at the Heath Park Business and Enterprise College, Wolverhampton. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

Dozens of GCSEs, AS and A-levels are set to be ditched in the latest stage of a major shake-up of exams.

Courses in subjects such as home economics, performing arts, environmental science, catering and human biology are among those in line to be scrapped.

But others, such as ancient history, film studies, law and media studies, could be reformed to become new, tougher qualifications.

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