Fewer exams under A-level reform

A-levels are to be reformed so pupils focus more on learning and less on "the obstacle course of exams", the Education Secretary told ITV News in an exclusive interview. AS-levels will become stand-alone qualifications for 17-year-olds.

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Teacher's criticism of A-Level reform

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:

How will A-level and AS-levels change?

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


Labour: A-level reforms are 'turning the clock back'

Stephen Twigg, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, said:

Yet again Michael Gove is all about turning the clock back. This plan would narrow the options for young people.

It's no wonder leading universities like Oxford and Cambridge say this is a mistake.

We need to have more high quality options available to at age 16, including all young people studying English and Maths to 18.


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