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AS entries have dropped substantially in summer 2017 as more of the available AS qualifications are ‘de-coupled’ and AS results no longer count towards A Level grades.
This is one of the main findings from Ofqual’s publication of provisional entries for this summer’s GCSEs, AS and A Levels. The report’s figures reflect changes to qualifications as well as wider policy changes
42% fewer AS entries have been made this year with some of the largest percentage decreases in engineering, performing arts and drama. AS entries are now lower than A Level entries overall.
Other findings include: