AS and A Levels

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has provided guidance on recording AS and A Levels on the ILR for 2015/2016.

Taken alone, or in combination with technical and vocational or applied general qualifications, A Levels enable progression to university and a range of careers that need graduates. 

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College describe how they planned the Study Programme offer to ensure students acquired the skills needed to achieve their A Levels.

Information for schools and colleges on implementing the A Level reforms. A Level reform guidance document (PDF,448.47 KB)

Detailed information on the reforms to AS and A Levels can be found on the Ofqual and Department for Education (DfE) websites. In summary, the changes aim to ensure A Levels allow students to progress to higher education and include:

  • Greater involvement from HE in the development of A Levels
  • AS and A Levels will be linear with all assessment at the end of the course
  • AS will be entirely decoupled from the A Level
  • AS qualifications can be taught alongside A Levels

AoC - Ofqual Understanding the GCSE, AS and A Level Reform programme.pdf (PDF,492.6 KB)

Ofqual has published its latest decisions on GCSE, AS and A Level reform assessment arrangements.

Phasing of the A Level Reforms:

September 2015 (first exams in 2017)

  • A Levels – English language, English literature, English language and literature, history, biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, art and design, economics, sociology, business, computer science

September 2016 (first exams in 2018)

  • A Levels – mathematics, further maths, modern and ancient languages, geography, dance, drama, music, physical education, religious studies

September 2017 (first exams in 2019)

  • Remaining A Levels