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Approval of Wales-only GCSEs and A levels

The tables below list the GCSEs and A levels approved for award in Wales. 

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For first teaching from September 2015

GCSEs approved for award in Wales  A levels approved for award in Wales 
Welsh Language Art & Design
Welsh Literature Biology
English Literature Business
English Language Chemistry
Mathematics Computer Science
Mathematics - Numeracy Economics
  English Language
  English Language and Literature
  English Literature
  History
  Psychology
  Physics
  Sociology
  Welsh Language

For first teaching from September 2016

GCSEs approved for award in Wales  A levels approved for award in Wales 
Applied Science Single Award Drama
Applied Science Double Award French
Art & Design Geography
Biology German
Chemistry Music
Drama Physical education
Food and Nutrition Religious Studies
French Spanish
Geography Welsh Second Language
German  
Music  
Physical Education (full course)  
Physics  
Spanish  
Science Double Award  

For first teaching from September 2017

GCSEs approved for award in Wales  A levels approved for award in Wales 
Business Design & Technology
Computer Science Further Mathematics
Design & Technology Government and Politics
History Mathematics
Media Studies Media Studies
Physical Education (short course) Law
Religious Studies  
Welsh Second Language  

In subjects where there is no Wales-specific GCSE or A level available, state-funded learners will be able to choose from the GCSEs and A levels that have been reformed for England – as long as we have designated them as eligible for use on publicly funded learning programmes in Wales.  

GCSE (9-1) AS and A level subjects and the awarding bodies offering them in England. 

GCSEs (9-1) for first teaching from 2016

* This subject has been taken as a legacy AS / A level through the medium of Welsh with at least one awarding body since 2013.

GCSE (9-1) subject

AQA

OCR

Pearson (Edexcel)

WJEC Eduqas

Classical Greek

No

Yes

No

No

Citizenship Studies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Dance

Yes

No

No

No

Latin*

No

Yes

No

Yes

GCSEs (9-1) for first teaching from 2017

The table below indicates which awarding bodies will offer reformed GCSEs in the subjects listed for first teaching from 2017 in England.

An asterisk (*) next to a subject name indicates that it has been taken as a legacy GCSE through the medium of Welsh with at least one awarding body since 2013.

 GCSE (9-1) subject

AQA

OCR

Pearson (Edexcel)

WJEC Eduqas

Ancient History

No

Yes

No

No

Arabic

No

No

Yes

No

Astronomy

No

No

Yes

No

Bengali

Yes

No

No

No

Chinese

Yes

No

Yes

No

Classical Civilisation

No

Yes

No

No

Economics

Yes

Yes

No

No

Electronics*

No

No

No

Yes

Engineering

Yes

No

No

No

Film Studies

No

Yes

No

Yes

Geology

No

No

No

Yes

Italian

Yes

No

Yes

No

Japanese

No

No

Yes

No

Modern Greek

No

No

Yes

No

Modern Hebrew

Yes

No

No

No

Polish

Yes

No

No

No

Psychology*

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Punjabi

Yes

No

No

No

Russian

No

No

Yes

No

Sociology*

Yes

No

No

Yes

Statistics

Yes

No

Yes

No

Urdu

Yes

No

Yes

No

AS and A levels (decoupled) for first teaching from 2016

The table below indicates which awarding bodies offer reformed AS and A levels in the subjects listed in England.

An asterisk (*) next to a subject name indicates that it has been taken as a legacy AS / A level through the medium of Welsh with at least one awarding body since 2013.

AS and A level subject

AQA

OCR

Pearson (Edexcel)

WJEC Eduqas

Classical Greek

No

Yes

No

No

Dance

Yes

No

No

No

Latin

No

Yes

No

No

AS and A levels (decoupled) for first teaching from 2017

The table below indicates which awarding bodies will offer reformed AS and A levels in the subjects listed for first teaching from 2017 in England.

An asterisk (*) next to a subject name indicates that it has been taken as a legacy AS / A level through the medium of Welsh with at least one awarding body since 2013.

AS and A level subject

AQA

OCR

Pearson (Edexcel)

WJEC Eduqas

Accounting

Yes

No

No

No

Ancient History

No

Yes

No

No

Chinese

No

No

Yes

No

Classical Civilisation

No

Yes

No

No

Electronics *

No

No

No

Yes

Environmental science

Yes

No

No

No

Film Studies

No

Yes

No

Yes

Geology

No

Yes

No

Yes

History of Art

No

No

Yes

No

Italian

No

No

Yes

No

Music Technology*

No

No

Yes

No

Philosophy

Yes

No

No

No

Russian

No

No

Yes

No

Statistics

No

No

Yes

No

Existing GCSEs and A levels in the following subjects will continue to be offered while we review qualifications in the health and social care, and information technology sectors. 

GCSEs A levels
Information and Communication Technology Information and Communication Technology
Health and Social Care Health and Social Care
Home Economics: Child Development Applied information and Communication Technology 
Applied information and Communication Technology