The British government announced plans to reform the A level system a couple of years ago and all schools have been waiting eagerly to see the detail of what these changes might be. Information has become available frustratingly slowly, but we are now in a position to explain to you what these changes are and to set out the college’s policy in certain key areas.
The most important changes can be summarized as follows;
In order to prepare for these changes, the Heads of Department (HODs), in discussion with their colleagues, have been carefully examining the new specifications produced by all the main exam boards (AQA, OCR and Edexcel). Although not all the information is fully available, the HODs have made their provisional choices of board and these can be found in the attached document. At the time of writing, new text books have not been published and we will make this information available to you as soon as we have it.
After much consideration, we have decided to enter Concord students for the optional AS level subjects at the end of the first year. There are three main reasons for this, as follows;
Survey information produced by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) suggests that at least three-quarters of schools plan to enter students for the new AS levels, so this is clearly the majority decision. Concord College intends to review its policy in 2017.
We are doing everything we can to ensure that the transition to the new system is as smooth as possible. It is quite likely that, overall, the new system will mean final A level grades will be lower than they have been in the recent past, but we are confident that Concord College will retain its position as one of the UK’s top-performing international schools.