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    Hey there, I heard this on a conservative party conference the other day about reforming the A-levels. As we all know before 2001 the A-levels was a 2 year course wih exams sat at the end of the second year. However the new system has the A/S system and I feel also it needs to be scrapped because:

    1. Its not that challenging and by getting a high A/S you don't need a high score for A2 level which will really test people. (A level passes and a grades rose heavily becuase of this, and this may help with the A grade inflation and avoid the A* system)

    2. Its not fair! Many people don't develop to their full potential in their first year and those who don't do as well will have a big burden in thier second year and again not show thier full potential. (Worst are A/S january ones)

    3. The A level may remain and the IB can piss off about being the new UK exam for 16-19 year olds because I think the system of specialisation is much better than having to learn everything again like in GCSE.

    What your opinions on this?
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    First your saying that it isnt challenging because students get high AS-Level grades, then simply mess around and dont apply themselves during the A2-Level year. Then you complain that AS-Level as a year is too hard for those who havent developed to their full potential.

    Seems to me as though the system is challenging on all levels, and is an adaptable alternative to the one end of year exam system which was in place before the module alternative. Anyway, the pros and cons of the modular A-Level system have been debated to death in a number of different ways.
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    i think they should bring the old alevel system back where you do the exams in june at the end of the two years rather than separating them out into AS/A2 componenets. I decided to take AS and A2 chem in one sitting last june and enjoyed it very much and found it easier to do in one go (because of the synoptic content in units 5 and 6)
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    Maybe instead of having exams at the end of 2 years they should have them at the end of each year. That would take out 2 sittings and people wouldnt be able to continuously risit.
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    I am doing all mine in one year so it doesn't really make a difference. I doubt they will change it back though, it's all talk.
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    Originally posted by Vincente
    3. The A level may remain and the IB can piss off about being the new UK exam for 16-19 year olds because I think the system of specialisation is much better than having to learn everything again like in GCSE.
    :laugh: lol I agree but I dislike it for other reasons. It also caused a huge divide within my year group when they introduced it, which really put a downer on things for us as a year group when there was so much tension being the A Level and IB people.

    Personally I think the whole system needs to be reformed, not sure about scrapping AS Levels but the current system definitely needs to be changed.
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    I agree there should be changes but I can agree that IB is not for everyone from previsous expernice but their idealogy is correct though. Maybe make everyone study 4-3 as courses and then what areas you are lacking say you doing sciences as and maths then taking a Further English or Standard English dependment on your GCSE result aswell as a foreign language etc? this results in an adittional UCAS score which would be adjusted for admissions and regonised by employers in teaching the requeried skills for workplace.
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    I'm not really sure about my opinion on this. I just focus on what we have because whether we like it or not, this is what we're stuck with.
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    In my opinion, the only thing wrong with the A-level system at the moment is endless resits. I'd either scrap them completely apart from in exceptional circumstances or limit them to one per subject per AS/A2. I think the 2 year modular system is fine, although the point about doing really well at AS and then not needing to do as well at A2 is certainly a valid one.
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    (Original post by kellywood_5)
    In my opinion, the only thing wrong with the A-level system at the moment is endless resits. I'd either scrap them completely apart from in exceptional circumstances or limit them to one per subject per AS/A2. I think the 2 year modular system is fine, although the point about doing really well at AS and then not needing to do as well at A2 is certainly a valid one.
    The 2 year system is okay itself. The fact that AS is worth the same as A2 means that people would do more resits. AS-levels shouldn't be worth as much simply because it's easier :p:. This means that people who do well at AS don't have to do as well at A2, meaning some might lack the the higher knowledge and understanding of A2.
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    I like the system how it is personally.
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    You make a good point, I agree that it would be fairer to have the AS worth say 40% of the marks, and A2 worth 60% of the marks of something like that. I know that I only need C's this year to get AAAA in my Alevels, although I certainly worked my arse off last year to get high AS module results.
 
 
 
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