Are changes to A-levels putting more pressure on younger GCSE students?
In January, news broke that there would be major changes to the A-level system from 2015. The Educational Secretary hopes that this will give students a deeper understanding and interest of their subjects.
Exams will be taken at the end of the two-year course, instead of AS exams being sat at the end of year one, and A2 exams after year two. AS exams will be taken alongside full A-levels after the two years in college, each student will sit double the amount of papers they would have previously had to take.
University places will be offered according to predicted grades. The universities will also have to base their offers on other evidence, such as work experience, extra-curricular commitments and school references.
The effects of the changes may not be felt until a few years after they are made, and ultimately they will determine whether the new or old system makes the most of each students potential, and secures them the university places that they want.
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