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The Education Secretary's announcement that from the Autumn of 2015 exams taken at the end of Year 12 will no longer count towards the overall A-Level result has not been welcomed by teachers.
The final grade will depend on just one set of papers sat at the end of the two-year course, ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:
These are the changes to A-levels and AS-levels proposed by Education Secretary Michael Gove in a letter to the exams regulator Ofqual:
- AS-levels will be separated from A-levels to become a "high quality standalone qualification"
- A-level students will no longer sit exams after one year, and will instead be tested at the end of their two-year course
- More emphasis on the final exam instead of modules and resits
- Reforms will kick in from September 2015 instead of September 2014 as planned
Stephen Twigg, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, said:
Asked if his reforms would mean the end of AS-levels, Michael Gove told ITV News:
"The AS-level will survive, but it will be a standalone qualification - half an A-level.
"But for those people who want to do a full A-level course, there won't be that necessary obstacle of having to do exams along the way."
The Education Secretary Michael Gove explained that his plans for reformed A-levels cut down on modular examinations.
"The most important thing about the A-levels that we want to introduce is that they get rid of an obstacle course of exams and modules and bite-size learning," he said.
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Michael Gove's A-level reforms will see students studying for two years before taking any exams.