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New A-Levels - Exam Changes for A-Levels in England 2015-2017/18

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    Hi there,There has been change made to the way A-Level exams are sat, since 2015 I believe, and I wondered a few things.Here's a little bit about me: I'm 19 years old, my first attempt at A-Levels were ruined, beginning at 2014 to 2015. This is due to around 7-8 teachers leaving in half of my 4 courses I studied and also because of other college-student-related problems. This academic year I've taken, and passed, a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art because nothing else was quite as open to me, and my photography teacher recommended it - and now, here I am.Circumstances have led me to be able to have a private tuition to retake my A-Levels. But the exam structure is not similar as it was in the summer/fall of 2014. *Exams are now taken at the end of A2*. This means exams at AS, now, count nothing to your A-Level grade in value, it's the value of a prediction of your grade.Now for a few questions: Why should I study 2 years of A-Levels when I won't be taking my AS exams, until only I am taking my A2 exams at the same time of my AS exams? Would it not be better to do a 1-Year-Intensive A-Level course instead, with all the rigour a determined student might be able to have?There are students from Asia, who barely know or speak much English, but earn A*s in 18-month-long A-Level courses - all whilst learning English at the same time! Surely someone born and bred in England could achieve those top grades in a shorter span of time?Please feel free to give advice and opinions. Thanks.

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