Detailed guide: Regulating GCSEs, AS and A levels: guide for schools and colleges

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Updated: Updated to include changes to reviews and appeals for summer 2017.


Students in England take around 5 million GCSEs, 1 million AS and 800,000 A levels every year.

Schools and colleges have a key role in making the qualifications system work.

This guide explains how Ofqual regulates the exam boards that provide GCSEs, AS and A level qualifications, what schools and colleges can expect from exam boards and what exam boards, in turn, expect from schools and colleges. It covers:

  • GCSEs, AS and A levels and their assessment (this guide does not refer to other…
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