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."
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