A Level Reform

How will Waldegrave manage the changes to A Levels?

A Levels have been reformed. This means the subject content and assessment style has changed.

The main features of the new A Levels are:

  1. Assessment will be mainly by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills.

  2. AS and A Levels are 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. AS Levels have been designed by exam boards to be taught alongside the first year of A levels.

  5. 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.


2018-2019 Entry

Students will choose three A level subjects to study across two years.  Waldegrave Sixth Form will offer a mixed programme of study and some subjects will run a two year linea course with internal exams at the end of Y12, whilst others will continue with the AS exams at the end of Y12 and then progress onto the A Level in Y13.  The decision to retain AS in some subjects has been made by departments based on the suitability of the new style A level courses for this approach.

Subjects not sitting AS exams at the end of Y12 include: Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, Media, Further Maths, Music, Physics, Philosophy, PE.

Subjects continuing to sit the AS exam in Y12 include: Art, Economics, Fashion, French German, Photography, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish