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)

Additional Science (4408) (final re-sit opportunity)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (AS4P) (controlled assessment)
The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification is available as a final re-sit opportunity in January 2018.

Bengali (4635) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – both short course and full course GCSE qualifications are available to private candidates.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Biology (8461) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018This 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.

Biology (4401) (final re-sit opportunity)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (BL4P) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification is available as a final re-sit opportunity in January 2018.

Business Studies (4130) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

The short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 14 (413014) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 3 (413003) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

The applied double award GCSE has the following condition:

Units 4, 5 & 6 (413004, 413005 & 413006) (controlled assessments)

The two controlled assessment units you choose as part of your applied double award GCSE (from units 4, 5 & 6) must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessments.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received an applied double award GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your marks for the controlled assessment units.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Business and Communication Systems (4130) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 10 (413010) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Chemistry (8462) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018This 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.

Chemistry (4402) (final re-sit opportunity)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (CH4P) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification is available as a final re-sit opportunity in January 2018.

Chinese (Mandarin) (4670) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018The spoken short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 3 (46703) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a spoken short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.
The written short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (46704) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise and authenticate the controlled assessment. We will mark the work.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a written short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Units 3 & 4 (46703 & 46704) (controlled assessments)

The units must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise and authenticate the controlled assessments. The centre must also mark the unit 3 controlled assessment.


If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your marks for the controlled assessment units.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Citizenship Studies (8100) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

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.

Classical Civilisation (4020) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018The short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (40204) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (40204) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Combined Science:Synergy (Double Award) (8465) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018This 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) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018This 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) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018This 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 (4130) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – both short course and full course GCSE qualifications are available to private candidates.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Electronics (4430) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 2 (44302) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

English Language (8700)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018None – the full course GCSE qualification is available to private candidates.

English Literature (8702)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018None – the full course GCSE qualification is available to private candidates.

French (8658) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

This qualification is available to private candidates.

General Studies (4760) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – the full course GCSE qualification is available to private candidates. However, please note the following:

Unit 1 (47601)

Assessment is addressed through a case-study exercise involving pre-release material, which will be sent to your accommodating centre by 1 March 2018 for study and analysis in preparation for the June 2018 exam.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Geography (8035) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

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) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

This qualification is available to private candidates.

Health and Social Care (4820) (outgoing specification)

Exam series Restrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018        The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 2 (48202) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.
The double award GCSE has the following condition:

Units 2 & 4 (48202 & 48404) (controlled assessments)
The units must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessments.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a double award GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your marks for the controlled assessment units.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

History (8145) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Italian (4630) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018The spoken short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 3 (46303) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a spoken short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.
The written short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (46304) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise and authenticate the controlled assessment. We will mark the work.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a written short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.
The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Units 3 & 4 (46303 & 46304) (controlled assessments)

The units must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise and authenticate the controlled assessments. The centre must also mark the unit 3 controlled assessment.
If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your marks for the controlled assessment units.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Law (4160) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – the full course GCSE qualification is available to private candidates.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Mathematics (8300)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
November 2017

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 2017.

June 2018None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Modern Hebrew (4675) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – both short course and full course GCSE qualifications are available to private candidates.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Music (8271) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

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 (4680) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – both short course and full course GCSE qualifications are available to private candidates.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Physics (8463) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018This 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.

Physics (4403) (final re-sit opportunity)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (PH4P) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification is available as a final re-sit opportunity in January 2018.

Psychology (4180) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – both short course and full course GCSE qualifications are available to private candidates.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Religious Studies A (8062) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Religious Studies B (8063) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Religious Studies (Short Course) (8061) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – this qualification is available to private candidates.

Science A (4405) (final re-sit opportunity)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (SCA4P) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification is available as a final re-sit opportunity in January 2018.

Science B (4500) (final re-sit opportunity)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
January 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (SCB4P) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification is available as a final re-sit opportunity in January 2018.

Sociology (4190) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

None – both short course and full course GCSE qualifications are available to private candidates.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Spanish (8698) (new specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

This qualification is available to private candidates.

Statistics (4310) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018

The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 2 (43102) (controlled assessment)
The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.

Urdu (4645) (outgoing specification)

Exam seriesRestrictions/special conditions for private candidates
June 2018The spoken short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 3 (46453) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise, authenticate and mark the controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a spoken short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.
The written short course GCSE has the following condition:

Unit 4 (46454) (controlled assessment)

The unit must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise and authenticate the controlled assessment. We will mark the work.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a written short course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your mark for the controlled assessment unit.
The full course GCSE has the following condition:

Units 3 & 4 (46453 & 46454) (controlled assessments)

The units must be taken at an AQA-approved centre that will supervise and authenticate the controlled assessments. The centre must also mark the unit 3 controlled assessment.

If you are re-taking this specification and have already received a full course GCSE result for it, you can opt to carry forward your marks for the controlled assessment units.

Withdrawal of this specification

This specification will be withdrawn after the June 2018 exams.