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News - 28 October 2013

Changes to A-levels

The consultation document outlines revisions to 14 A-level subjects: art and design, biology, business studies, chemistry, computing, economics, English language, English literature, English language and literature, geography, history, physics, psychology and sociology.

It follows a review of the content of A-levels earlier this year chaired by Prof Mark E Smith, vice-chancellor of Lancaster University, with input from the exam boards.

The consultation translates the review's recommendations into proposals for each subject.
Maths and language A-levels are being considered separately and will not be taught until 2016.

In English literature, the eight texts to be studied in depth must include at least three works from before 1900 including a Shakespeare play, as well a work from after 2000. The new exam will also include an "unseen text".

English language A-level students will have to study six texts, including "non-literary" work such as essays or journalism.

The new history A-level will no longer require students to study more than one period. Instead sixth-formers will be asked to study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“Business studies and computing A-levels will be renamed business and computer science.
Students taking economics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology A-levels, will have to use more maths. In art and design, there will be a new emphasis on drawing."

A separate consultation on A-level coursework and on the new AS-levels for the same 14 subjects was also launched by the exams regulator, Ofqual.

This looks at "subject by subject arrangements that put in place a better balance between exam and non-exam assessment or coursework".

The changes include the reintroduction of non-exam assessment of fieldwork in geography which will count for 20% of the final grade.

In biology, chemistry and physics, practical skills will be assessed but the marks will be reported separately and will not count towards students' grades.

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