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    Hey!

    I read on the AQA site that the A-Levels are changing. I am worried this would effect me taking on an AQA subject next year? Would I still be able to take an AQA subject? Would I be doing the same content before the changes take place? I am just confused from reading the site and thought I would ask someone who knows what is going to happen. If you can help it would be much appreciated!
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    You will not be affected if you start this year. A levels are changing for some SOME subjects for students who start their 2 years of A level study in September 2015. Other subjects change the following year.


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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    You will not be affected if you start this year. A levels are changing for some SOME subjects for students who start their 2 years of A level study in September 2015. Other subjects change the following year.


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    Thanks for the reply,

    I would be starting sixth form next year and I was looking at some subjects I could take as a fourth option and I was looking at Sociology and PE on the AQA website and I noticed there was a link explaining a change in A-Levels. Seeming there is a change would this effect my chances at university because the exam board has changed? Also would this mean there could be a change in difficulty for the subjects?
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    Subjects that change starting 2015 will have all of the exams at the end of the two year course rather than AS in year 12 and A2 in year 13. If it's a fourth A level that you plan to drop after AS you will still be able to do that. They are supposed to be more challenging than the current A levels but who knows. If they are harder, they will be harder for everybody so don't worry about it.


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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    Subjects that change starting 2015 will have all of the exams at the end of the two year course rather than AS in year 12 and A2 in year 13. If it's a fourth A level that you plan to drop after AS you will still be able to do that. They are supposed to be more challenging than the current A levels but who knows. If they are harder, they will be harder for everybody so don't worry about it.


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    Okay, thanks for the advice!
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    (Original post by Dani04)
    Thanks for the reply,

    I would be starting sixth form next year and I was looking at some subjects I could take as a fourth option and I was looking at Sociology and PE on the AQA website and I noticed there was a link explaining a change in A-Levels. Seeming there is a change would this effect my chances at university because the exam board has changed? Also would this mean there could be a change in difficulty for the subjects?
    It doesn't affect us because we start September 2014 not September 2015, and it won't affect our chances of getting into uni because syllabus changes will never affect things such as that.
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    (Original post by yellowcopter)
    It doesn't affect us because we start September 2014 not September 2015, and it won't affect our chances of getting into uni because syllabus changes will never affect things such as that.
    I'm starting sixth form in 2015 so from the replies above it would affect me which makes me disappointed really because it's now going to be more challenging! I won't be as worried picking an AQA subject anymore now from knowing it won't affect my chances of getting into University!
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    (Original post by Dani04)
    I'm starting sixth form in 2015 so from the replies above it would affect me which makes me disappointed really because it's now going to be more challenging! I won't be as worried picking an AQA subject anymore now from knowing it won't affect my chances of getting into University!
    Oh my bad, sorry! Don't worry though, I'm sure the changes won't be that bad, they're probably only minor so you'll be fine.
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    Just to clarify, these changes are across ALL the awarding bodies.
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    (Original post by yellowcopter)
    Oh my bad, sorry! Don't worry though, I'm sure the changes won't be that bad, they're probably only minor so you'll be fine.
    Don't be sorry haha it's cool! Thanks for the advice.
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    (Original post by danconway)
    Just to clarify, these changes are across ALL the awarding bodies.
    Sorry I am a little stupid haha, could you elaborate on what your saying? Thanks!
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    (Original post by Dani04)
    Sorry I am a little stupid haha, could you elaborate on what your saying? Thanks!
    Not at all! Just remember that EVERYONE'S in the same boat: it's not just AQA who are changing A Levels - the changes are happening across all the exam boards: therefore it follows that ALL A Levels will be harder, and universities will be aware of the changes and will know that the standard is higher. And you're on a level playing field with everyone taking A levels, because everyone's sitting the new ones.

    Also, you might have it relatively easier, because exam boards may overestimate the difficulty of the exams and set slightly lower grade boundaries to be 'kind'. Anyway, this is me thinking out loud.

    Point is, that your sixth form will be up to speed and will teach you accordingly. Just focus on passing the buggers
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    (Original post by Dani04)
    Don't be sorry haha it's cool! Thanks for the advice.
    It's okay, best of luck.

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    Sorry I am a little stupid haha, could you elaborate on what your saying? Thanks!
    He meant that all the exam boards are changing their courses, not just AQA but also Edexcel, OCR and the rest.
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    (Original post by danconway)
    Not at all! Just remember that EVERYONE'S in the same boat: it's not just AQA who are changing A Levels - the changes are happening across all the exam boards: therefore it follows that ALL A Levels will be harder, and universities will be aware of the changes and will know that the standard is higher. And you're on a level playing field with everyone taking A levels, because everyone's sitting the new ones.

    Also, you might have it relatively easier, because exam boards may overestimate the difficulty of the exams and set slightly lower grade boundaries to be 'kind'. Anyway, this is me thinking out loud.

    Point is, that your sixth form will be up to speed and will teach you accordingly. Just focus on passing the buggers
    Haha okay thank you!
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    (Original post by yellowcopter)
    It's okay, best of luck.



    He meant that all the exam boards are changing their courses, not just AQA but also Edexcel, OCR and the rest.
    Oh, okay!
 
 
 
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