Introduction: A-Level Reform in England
Currently, whilst AS-Levels can be taken as a standalone qualification, they are generally taken as the first part of an A-Level course. AS-Levels are completed at the end of Year 12 (first year of Sixth Form). A2 exams and coursework are then added to an AS-Level at the end of Year 13 (second year of Sixth Form), bringing it up to A-Level standard.
From September 2015, changes were made to the way A-Levels are made up. Some A-Levels will still take two years to complete but will no longer be split into AS and A2-Level. AS-Levels will still be offered as a standalone high quality qualification in their own right, taking one year to complete. New qualifications are being introduced in phases, meaning that at Tolworth we are offering a mixture of new A Levels and existing A Levels. The new qualifications are indicated by 'New Linear Course' in our subject listing. At Tolworth we expect the majority of our students to sit four AS levels and then progress onto three full A Levels subject to reaching minimum pass grades.
How will the changes affect our students?
All AS Levels will be assessed at the end of the first year.
- For the Linear A-Level courses, you will be required to be assessed on all of the AS and A Level content at the end of the second year.
- As part of your studies, you will take internal practice exams throughout your course.
- Course content has changed from September 2015, with more focus on exams.
Timeline - Phase 1 - reformed for first teaching in September 2015
AS and A levels offered nationally are being reformed in stages. Subjects in the first stage were English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Psychology, Art and Design, Sociology.
Timeline - Phase 2 - reformed for first teaching in September 2016
Subjects in the second stage are Geography, Modern Languages, Physical Education and Religious Studies.