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.