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Alternatively, students can take separate qualifications in chemistry, biology, and physics.
Other removed qualifications include a variety of design technology subjects, which are reformed into a single "design and technology" subject with multiple options, and various catering and nutrition qualifications, which are folded into "food technology".
GCSE examinations in English and mathematics were reformed with the 2015 syllabus publications, with these first examinations taking places in 2017.
The remainder will be reformed with the 20 syllabus publications, leading to first awards in 20, respectively.
Officially, the grades before 1975 were simply "pass" and "fail".
Qualifications that are not reformed will cease to be available.
The science reforms, in particular, mean that single-award "science" and "additional science" options are no longer available, being replaced with a double award "combined science" option (graded on the scale 9-9 to 1-1 and equivalent to 2 GCSEs).
Under the Conservative government of David Cameron, and Education Secretary Michael Gove, various changes were made to GCSE qualifications.
Before a wide range of reforms, interim changes were made to existing qualifications, removing the January series of examinations as an option in most subjects, and requiring that 100% of the assessment in subjects from the 2014 examination series is taken at the end of the course. Under the new scheme, all GCSE subjects are being revised between 20, and all new awards will be on the new scheme by summer 2020.The Certificate of Secondary Education, or CSE, was graded on a numerical scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the best, and 5 being the worst passing grade. The highest grade, 1, was considered equivalent to an O-Level C grade or above, and achievement of this grade often indicated that the student could have followed the more academically challenging O-Level course in the subject to achieve a higher qualification.