A Level Reform

You may have seen in the news that A Levels are changing. This reform is driven by the Government and aims to better equip students for university and employment. The changes are part of a national initiative to ensure the value of A Levels into the future and began in September 2015.

What is changing?

·         AS qualifications (the first year of an A Level) will become standalone and not count towards A2 (the second year of an A Level).

·         AS and A Levels will be assessed at the end of the course.

·         Greater emphasis will be placed on exams as the most effective form of assessment.

·         Some A Level subjects may disappear to prevent duplication.

What is staying the same?

·         A Levels will continue to be a two year course, as they always have been.

·         The grading system (A* to E) will stay the same.

·         The value of A Levels are unchanged. The qualifications will still allow universities to accurately identify the level of achievement of students, provide a benchmark of academic ability for employers and act as an internationally comparable post-16 academic course of study.

How will subjects be affected?

·         Course content is being changed in waves in September 2015, 2016 and 2017.

·         Subjects which are already reformed are: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English (Language, Literature and Combined), History, Physics, Psychology and Sociology.

·         At the time of print, subjects which will be reformed for 2016 which we offer are: Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies, Geography, German, French, Music, PE, Religious Studies and Spanish.

·         Subjects scheduled for 2017 reform are Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

·         Other subjects are under review and will be available unreformed until at least 2017. We will keep you up-to-date on this page of our website.


How will it affect me?

See the document below for more information on A Level Reform.

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