Update - A-level reform announcement

Friday 25 Jan 2013

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, informed Ofqual on 23 January of his policy requirements for A-level reform.

This follows last year's consultation by Ofqual and the key points are:

  • new A-levels to be ready for teaching from September 2015 (not 2014 as originally proposed)
  • A-levels to be linear with assessment only at the end of the two-year course
  • AS levels to remain, but as standalone qualifications that cover half the content of an A-level course
  • there will be involvement in the new A-levels from universities - including annual reviews.

You can read our response to Michael Gove's announcement about A-level reform.

This is further to Ofqual's announcement that from 2013 students in England will no longer be able to sit A-level exams in January. For more information about what this means for you and your students, please see our summary of changes. Here you can also find an update on how this will affect the Applied A-level subjects which are being withdrawn after the June 2013 series.