Cutbacks force 90% of colleges to offer pupils only three AS-levels

The Guardian is reporting how A Level students are likely to see larger classes and fewer subject choices as colleges make cutbacks.

The widespread practice of students pursuing four AS-levels before dropping their weakest subject for the final year is to be phased out, a report has claimed, as funding pressures on sixth-form colleges see new pupils offered just three qualifications from the outset.

In recent years, students have been encouraged to enrol in four AS-levels in their first year in sixth form, then to abandon their weakest subject in their second and pursue their three best to A2-level.

But a survey by the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) found that just 10% of colleges are planning to offer the traditional four subjects in lower sixth and three in upper from September 2017.

The rest will offer three A-levels as standard in both years, with only the higher-achieving students considered for four, raising concerns that the curriculum will become narrow for the majority of pupils.

The cut in A-levels is part of a wider picture of cutbacks in the sixth-form sector, which has been particularly hard hit by funding constraints in recent years.

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