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



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