Will English Baccalaureate Certificate push up standards?
17 September 2012 Last updated at 19:50 BST
The GCSE exam in England is to be replaced by a qualification called the English Baccalaureate Certificate - which will be awarded for the first time in 2017.
The shake-up of the exam system will mean a single end-of-course test rather than modular assessments, and one exam board responsible for each core subject.
But will the new system really push up standards and what will the changes mean for less able pupils?
The BBC's Reeta Chakrabarti reports.