Media studies survives – but leisure studies doesn’t – in final cull of A-levels

The Guardian is reporting that last wave of Michael Gove’s examination reforms will see several perceivedly ‘soft’ courses disappear from syllabus by 2017…

Leisure studies – often the butt of jokes about the dumbing down of exams in schools – is to be axed as an A-level subject, while the equally maligned media studies is to survive, the exams regulator for England has announced.

Environmental science, another subject expected to be dropped as an A-level subject, has also been granted a reprieve by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) when the regulator published its list of remaining A-levels and GCSE subjects to be reformed by 2017…

From 2017, subjects that have not been reformed will no longer be taught or offered for examination – a list that includes travel and tourism and performing arts, as well as leisure studies, among A-levels. GCSEs that will no longer be offered include catering, law and applied business.

Ofqual had proposed scrapping GCSEs in electronics and engineering but was persuaded to retain both as exam subjects by lobbying that the proposed replacement – design and technology – would not cover the same ground.

Environment science was also reinstated as an A-level despite Ofqual’s initial opposition, with the regulator receiving hundreds of submissions calling for the subject to be retained because of its complexity and popularity.

However, anthropology, citizenship studies, applied ICT, and communication and culture were all added to Ofqual’s cull of A-levels after exam boards failed to offer proposals to reform the subjects…

More at: Media studies survives – but leisure studies doesn’t – in final cull of A-levels


See the details from Ofqual at: Completing GCSE, AS and A level Reform


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