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The UK government has made changes to UK AS & A Levels taught from 2015, moving them from a modular structure to a linear structure with exams at the end of the course.
Read more about moving from modular to linear qualifications (PDF, 542KB)
This approach has been championed by Cambridge and is a key feature of Cambridge International AS & A Levels. Many of the world’s top universities have made clear their appreciation of this linear approach, and we share their belief that linear courses allow learners to develop a deeper understanding of subjects.
Here are some commonly asked questions about these changes and implications for Cambridge International A Level:
No, in fact the UK government’s changes affirm the strong position of Cambridge International AS & A level. That is because the changes move the UK AS and A Level model closer to the structure of our Cambridge International AS and A Level, a qualification that continues to help thousands of learners every year gain places at leading universities worldwide.
No. Students can continue to take exams for Cambridge International As & A Level November and June. One of the key changes made by the UK government is that students taking UK AS & A Levels will only sit exams in June. Previously students were able to sit exams for parts of the course in January also – prompting concerns over how many times they sit and re-sit exams. This change does not affect students around the world taking Cambridge International A Levels.
No. Another change is that UK AS Levels will no longer contribute to A Level outcomes and instead be separate, standalone qualifications. Again, this change does not affect Cambridge International AS Level. Our November and June exam series already offer students a number of assessment routes in their Cambridge International A Level studies. These options still apply. Students can:
No. An independent report by UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has concluded that the changes to UK A Level will not affect its comparability with Cambridge International AS & A Level.
The UK NARIC report states: “From September 2015, it is acknowledged that AS/A Levels are currently being redeveloped in line with UK government reforms. UK NARIC has considered the key changes proposed on a general level and on a subject level. In conclusion the changes are not felt to have an impact on the overall comparability of the Cambridge International AS & A Level.”