Michael Gove's A-level reforms scrap modular exams

A-level students sit their exams. Credit: PA

The A-level is to be reformed so that pupils no longer have to sit so many exams, the Education Secretary has told ITV news in an exclusive interview.

He says that it's time that sixth formers focus more on learning and less on what he calls the "obstacle course of exams."

But Labour accused Michael Gove of turning the clock back.

The AS-level, which pupils currently sit in the Lower Sixth, will remain.

But it will be a stand alone qualification for 17-year-olds.

Mr Gove says the changes will raise standards because students will study for two years before taking their A-level exams and waste less time on revision and re-sits.

He told me he didn't believe it would lead to a two-tier system with less able students only taking the AS-level.

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

The General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, Russell Hobby, said: