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From August 2010 all OCR Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) qualifications will be discontinued.
OCR has made this decision following confirmation by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) of the award of an A* at A Level when the A Level were redeveloped for first teaching in September 2008.
The accreditation end date for all OCR AEA qualifications was August 2009 with the certification end date being August 2010.
AEAs are/were taken by a small number of learners in a limited number of subjects. In practice these will overlap in purpose with the stretch and challenge being introduced into A Level, and will detract from the clarity of the offer.
Dominique Slade, Senior Qualifications Manager, said: "The decision to discontinue AEA qualifications is part of a wider strategy to simplify the overall qualification offer, by removing options that have significant overlap.
"The introduction of more stretch and challenge in the revised A Levels means that there are more open-ended questions requiring extended essay responses and more questions requiring a synoptic overview of the subject at A2, allowing greater differentiation at the top, which was one of the reasons behind the AEAs."