Will the Grade 9-1 GCSEs be taught in Wales and Northern Ireland?
Both Wales and Northern Ireland have introduced their own reformed A*-G GCSE courses, but the rules about the Grade 9-1 GCSEs are different in each country...
In Wales, state-maintained schools can usually only teach the reformed GCSE courses offered by WJEC (also known as CBAC). However, in subjects where WJEC doesn’t offer a reformed GCSE, Grade 9-1 GCSEs are allowed. Independent schools in Wales can teach any GCSE courses they choose.
In Northern Ireland, schools can teach most of the new Grade 9-1 courses if they choose to — the only exceptions to this are GCSE Science and GCSE English Language.