Friday, 1 March 2013


Gove takes a step back to the past on A levels


Michael Gove, the current secretary of state for education, has announced that in 2017 A Levels will

be changing back to what they were before the year 2000. They’re scraping the AS level and just

basing your final A level result on a final exam.


The change means that the students for every A level will have 2 years to revise. The first teenagers

to start the new system will start there course in 2015 and then in 2017, they will take their exam.

These changes will first impact on the existing year ten pupils.


The current, soon to be old, system enabled A level students to re-sit modules in order to improve

their final A level Grade. This is one of the reason that the A level results have improved over the



Are the changes necessary?


Most Universities have been concerned about the academic ability of the first year students in

subjects such as Maths and English and their views on the increase of results in A Levels has been

that parents has helped students with their assessments and course work, which has increased

their level. The resulting grade of theses assessment not necessarily reflecting on the ability of the



However, some universities, such as Cambridge will be considering their own entrance exam for

evidence that the student is academic enough to enter their university because universities usually

rely on AS levels. The new system will take out AS levels therefore they need different evidence

about the current level of the student.


Does the proposed Change better prepare students for future employment?


Whilst you are in a working environment commonly, an employee will have a meeting with their

boss and assess over a period of time how well they’ve done and what they’ve achieved. The A level

system will now take away the first annual assessment for the two year course.


Because there will be less exams to revise and prepare for, could it mean that it will enable the

Students to gain deeper understanding of the subject?


What is the view of a student affected by the Change?


Pupils may be influenced by their own ability. Some pupils prefer a big three hour exam whereas

others like modular work and tests. The system change may also affect Males and Females

differently. For example, in 2006, when maths course work was abolished from GCSE, Boys pulled

ahead of girls in the rankings.


A year 10 student (year 10 students will be first to be affected by the change) told me ‘


How are parents likely to react?

Some parents will welcome the system with open because it is back to the A levels as they new

them. The first year of the two year course being a no pressure, relaxed and a year without exams

after the previous years studying for GCSE’s. But in the January of the second year there will be

mock exams.


A parent, Matt Dring, has said, ‘I think that my son will suffer from the A level changes but I will support a standalone AS level because I think it will enable pupils continue with education’.


However, another parent, Karen Rolfe, who is a parent of a college student, has said’ In my opinion, students get it to easy these days and that the government have made a correct decision.’


What are the teachers’ views?


A teacher at the west Bridgford Academy has quoted ‘I think that the change is not necessary, and it is unfair to base 2 years of learning into one 3 hour exam. It doesn’t show any understanding that the students have on the subject.’


However the head of Torch Academy Gateway Trust, which run Toot Hill School, agrees with the changes telling this is Nottingham, ‘I Believe that the current picture for learning at A levels is inconsistent. For students, it feels like they’re taking one exam after an other. That is why I feel it is better for them to sit their exams at the end of the two years.’


This massive change will affect everyone in education, all having different views on the change and one that will rumble over the years.








































































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