GCSE

Subject specifications that are available to candidates are listed below. Please select a specification to see details of any additional restrictions and/or special conditions for private candidates.

Rules that are applicable to all students for these specifications (for example which optional exams can and can't be taken together) can be found in our Entry codes document and subject specification documents.

Available specifications (number in brackets is the specification code)

Bengali (8638) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8638/SF and 8638/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs).

Biology (8461)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Practical skills

The entering centre must make provision for private candidates to carry out all the practical activities specified in section 8 of the specification.

Business Studies (8132) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019None - this qualification is available to private candidates.

Chemistry (8462)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Practical skills

The entering centre must make provision for private candidates to carry out all the practical activities specified in section 8 of the specification.

Chinese (Spoken Mandarin) (8673) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8673/SF and 8673/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs).

Citizenship Studies (8100)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This specification is available to private candidates.

Investigation and action

Students are required to undertake an investigation into a citizenship issue of their own choice which involves research, action and reflection based upon any part of the subject knowledge content.

An AQA Investigation template is available for students to record and monitor their progress through the investigation.

The investigation will be assessed through a set of questions in Paper 1 Section A. The questions will draw upon the knowledge, and understanding of the skills, methods and processes gained from taking citizenship action and will account for 15% of the total GCSE marks.

The Head of the entering centre must sign a written statement confirming that a candidate has completed the investigation.

Combined Science:Synergy (Double Award) (8465)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Practical skills

The entering centre must make provision for private candidates to carry out all the practical activities specified in section 10 of the specification.

Combined Science:Trilogy (Double Award) (8464)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Practical skills

The entering centre must make provision for private candidates to carry out all the practical activities specified in section 10 of the specification.

Dance (8236)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Non-exam assessment (NEA) component (8236/C)
Private candidates must attend a centre which must supervise and assess the production of evidence for this component.

Any other requirements concerning the administration of non-exam assessment contained in the specification must be met.

Economics (8136) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

English Language (8700)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
November 2018

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:.

Spoken language (endorsement) (NEA) (8700/C)

The entering centre must provide private candidates the opportunity to complete this component.

If the candidate has certificated in a previous series, then the result for the endorsement can be carried forward.

The November exams are only available to candidates who were at least 16 years old on 31 August 2018.

This qualification is not available to students at schools and colleges in Northern Ireland.

June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the followoing condition:.

Spoken language (endorsement) (NEA) (8700/C)

The entering centre must provide private candidates the opportunity to complete this component.

If the candidate has certificated in a previous series, then the result for the endorsement can be carried forward.

This qualification is not available to students at schools and colleges in Northern Ireland.

English Literature (8702)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates

Anthology

The Exams officer will be able to provide you with a copy of the Anthology.

French (8658)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8658/SF and 8658/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)

Geography (8035)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Fieldwork

Centres accepting private candidates must submit a non-exam assessment and fieldwork centre declaration form. The declaration may be completed following either the presentation of evidence by the candidate and questioning about the fieldwork enquiry, or by a teacher from the centre supervising the candidate's fieldwork activity. Fieldwork must take place outside school grounds on two separate occasions.

German (8668)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8668/SF and 8668/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)

History (8145)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Italian (8633) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8633/SF and 8633/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)

Mathematics (8300)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
November 2018

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

The November exams are only available to candidates who were at least 16 years old on 31 August 2018.

June 2019None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Modern Hebrew (8678) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8678/SF and 8678/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)

Music (8271)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This GCSE qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Non-exam assessment (NEA) components (8271/P and 8271/C)

The entering centre must supervise, authenticate and mark these components.

Panjabi (8683) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8683/SF and 8683/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)

Physics (8463)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Practical skills

The entering centre must make provision for private candidates to carry out all the practical activities specified in section 8 of the specification.

Polish (8688) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8688/SF and 8688/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)

Psychology (8182) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Religious Studies A (8062)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Religious Studies B (8063)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Religious Studies (Short Course) (8061)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Sociology (8192) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Spanish (8698)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8698/SF and 8698/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)

Statistics (8382) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Urdu (8648) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2019

This qualification is available to private candidates with the following condition:

Speaking test components (8648/SF and 8648/SH)

The entering centre must accept responsibility for supervising and authenticating these non-exam assessments (NEAs)