1. New As and A-Level Reforms
New AS and A levels will be taught in schools in England from September 2015. The first results for the new AS levels will be in 2016, and for the A levels in 2017. Further subjects will be introduced over the following two years.
2. What new AS and A levels will look like
The main features of the new qualifications 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.
New AS and A level to be taught from: September 2015
First AS results will be issued in:Summer 2016
First A level results will be issued in: Summer 2017
art and design
English language and literature
AS and A-Level Level to be taught from: September 2016
First AS results will be issued in: Summer 2017
First A-Level results will be issued in: Summer 2018
ancient languages (classical Greek, Latin)
drama and theatre
modern foreign languages (French, German, Spanish)
AS and A-Level Level to be taught from: September 2017
First AS results will be issued in: Summer 2018
First A-Level results will be issued in: Summer 2019
design and technology
government and politics
history of art (A level only) 1
modern foreign languages (Chinese, Italian, Russian)
AS and A-Level Level to be taught from: September 2018
First AS results will be issued in: 2019
First A-Level results will be issued in: Summer 2020
modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu)