AS “adds breadth to the curriculum and enables students to make a more informed choice”

20 Nov

The changes to A and AS-levels in England are so confusing the Department for Education should write to every school to explain them, says shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.

 “From next year, A-levels will be separated from AS-levels. But some universities still want pupils to study AS-levels.”

In 2013, Voice commented that:

“AS should be kept in its present form because it adds breadth to the curriculum and enables students to make a more informed choice of subjects.

As Ofqual pointed out in its consultation document: ‘This breadth of study was found to be an important feature of senior secondary level qualifications in our international research…. students in particular value the possibility of studying a broad range of subjects in their first year of A levels and achieving a recognised AS qualification at that point for those subjects that they do not pursue to full A level.’

I n its Official Response to Ofqual (September 2012) (pdf), Voice disagreed with the idea of  AS as “a standalone qualification but where the results do not contribute to the A level” and commented that the AS qualification should be retained in its present form because it:

“enables learners to make a more informed choice of AS2 subjects (and possibly post-A level options) and it gives university admissions tutors some indication of progress post-GCSE.”

Do let us know your views.

Ofqual is looking at how it could improve the way its presents information about the qualifications and organisations it regulates. See: www.ofqual.gov.uk/news/help-us-improve-qualifications-information.

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