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'Soft' GCSEs could face axe

29/05/2014 Kelly
Exam watchdog Ofqual could be set to scrap GCSEs in so-called soft subjects such as Media Studies and Leisure and Tourism.

Courses such as Hospitality and Preparation for Life and Work - which teaches pupils about job applications - have been criticised for undermining the UK exam system, the Independent reports. They are generally considered to be much easier for academic pupils to pass.

Over half of students taking Hospitality or Health and Social Care achieved a C grade or higher last year, while two-thirds of Leisure and Tourism pupils obtained the grade.

Many of these subjects may be classed as vocational qualifications when Ofqual, which approves courses drawn up by exam boards, brings in strict new criteria for any subject to get GCSE status after 2016.

A spokesman for Ofqual said: "From our point of view there's nothing to stop any particular subject being reformed [to meet a high enough standard] but all the exams will have to meet the standards we set out."

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