At present the following are the key points.

  • AS Levels from 2015 are of the same standard and length as they were before the reforms
  • Ofqual requires the boards to ensure that AS and first-year A Levels can be “co-taught”.
  • Candidates entering for AS at the end of the Lower Sixth and who wish to continue with the subject to full A Level will be assessed on the same content again a year later but at a deeper, synoptic level.
  • Universities are likely to take less cognisance of AS attainment now that it is no longer a universal qualification.
  • There is more teaching time in the summer term of the Lower Sixth, with only some subjects entering students for the AS as formative assessment.