A Level Reform
How will Waldegrave manage the changes to A Levels?
A Levels are being reformed over the next three years. This means the subject content and assessment style will change.
The main features of the new A Levels are:
Assessment will be mainly by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills.
AS and A Levels will be assessed at the end of the course. AS assessments will typically take place after 1 year’s study and A levels after 2. The courses will no longer be divided into modules and there will be no exams in January.
AS and A Levels will be decoupled – this means that AS results will no longer count towards an A level, in the way they do now.
AS Levels can be designed by exam boards to be taught alongside the first year of A levels.
The content for the new A Levels has been reviewed and updated. Universities played a greater role in this for the new qualifications than they did previously.
A Level subjects that have been reformed for September 2015
- Art and Design
A Level subjects that will be reformed for September 2016
A Level subjects that will be reformed for September 2017
- Maths and Further Maths
- Philosphy and Ethics
We decided that in September 2015 all students starting reformed A Levels would continue to take four subjects in Year 12 and they also continue to sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12.
- The results of the AS exams will be used to determine progression into Year 13 and be used for UCAS applications.
- Students who then choose to drop a subject and continue with three A Levels will be able to make an informed decision about their choice.
- Students will need to attain a minimum of three Grade Ds to progress into Year 13.
We have made this decision for the following reasons:
To avoid confusion for students when they are studying a mixture of reformed and unreformed A Levels
Many students do not know which are their preferred 3 A Levels at the start of the Year 12
Students often change their minds throughout the year as to which subjects to drop, based on experience, research and final attainment.
We can advise students on Year 13 courses based on performance at AS
Students will have a full set of AS results to include on UCAS application forms that will support and inform teacher predictions in the first year of new A Levels.
We expect to review the decisions above based on national guidance in January 2016 in good time to make a final decision for September 2016