A-levels: Schools uncertain over choices, says Ucas

The BBC is reporting claims from UCAS that many schools have not decided what sixth-form courses they will teach later this year when exam changes come into force in England…

From September AS levels, the first year of A-levels, will be split off and will not count towards the final grade.

Half of 500 schools that responded to a Ucas survey plan to offer AS levels. A fifth said they did not yet know…

In a report, entitled Unpacking Qualification Reform, Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook says there is a “high level of uncertainty and anxiety amongst schools and colleges, and a wide range of responses to the A-level reform”.

She adds: “From a university admissions perspective, the highest-profile change to qualifications is the decoupling of the AS from the full A-level.

“Responses to this survey paint a picture of a high level of uncertainty and anxiety amongst schools and colleges, and a wide range of responses to the A-level reform.

“Only half of schools and colleges who responded to the survey are planning to offer AS qualifications in all reformed subjects that they offer from 2015.”

She also says secondary schools are looking to universities and colleges to explain clearly how they will manage the changing qualifications landscape.

“Some universities have already produced qualification reform statements, expressing their commitment to be flexible and work with schools and colleges during this transition.”

She urged all all universities and colleges to do the same…

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