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The Department for Education and the regulator Ofqual today launched consultations on proposals for reforming the content and structure of A levels taken by students in England.
New A Levels are scheduled to be taught in schools from September 2015. The current timetable is for A Levels in English language and literature, the sciences, history, geography, psychology, art and design, sociology, business, economics and computer science to be taught from September 2015. New A Levels in maths, further maths and languages will be taught from September 2016.
Among the key proposals are a new stand alone AS, and a reduction of non-exam assessment, or coursework, across different subjects.
OCR's Mark Dawe said: "OCR will be incorporating our qualification expertise, evidence-based research as well as what teachers and academics are telling us through our forums into OCR's formal consultation responses. We urge teachers to take this opportunity of having their say on plans for reform.
"New A Levels offer a chance to stimulate and reward exciting teaching and learning but we are particularly concerned about how a stand alone AS will work for schools and colleges and the application of coursework in different subjects and at different stages. Looking ahead, the same degree of attention will need to be given to the remaining A Level subjects, and to vocational qualifications, which are used by half of all HE entrants.”
To contribute to the Department for Education and Ofqual A Level reform consultations, follow the links below:
OCR has a new section on this website dedicated to keeping you informed on the reform of GCSEs and A Levels. You can also sign up to receive email updates on GCSE and A Level reform from OCR.