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The government should consider reducing the range of A Levels on offer in order to make them more financially viable for providers.
This is one of the options layed out in a DfE research report which looked into the decision-making process behind A Level class sizes in 16 to 19 settings, and the impact this has on the cost of provision.
The report suggests that reducing the range of A level subjects on offer nationally, or providing a clearer indication of which A levels are deemed to be of “national importance” could help to make more A Levels financially sustainable for providers in the future.
Other options include: more active management of the A Level market, for example, imposing more stringent criteria for demonstrating the viability of A Level provision locally similar to area-based reviews; promoting collaboration between institutions; and creating a more managed, UCAS-style system of post-16 applications to better translate student applications into confirmed places.
The research found: