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    Hi guys,
    I know that A-Levels are being reformed and they new reforms are rolling out in parts in three years.
    Can someone please explain what these new reforms are. Everyone says they are very different from the old A-Level system you are used to, but I dont really know what the old system is.
    So can someone also explain the new system by comparing it to the old system, if you get what I mean.
    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by Darshan98)
    Hi guys,
    I know that A-Levels are being reformed and they new reforms are rolling out in parts in three years.
    Can someone please explain what these new reforms are. Everyone says they are very different from the old A-Level system you are used to, but I dont really know what the old system is.
    So can someone also explain the new system by comparing it to the old system, if you get what I mean.
    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    When will you start Year 12?
    This September(2016).
    I will be taking Physics, maths and further maths, if that helps
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    (Original post by Darshan98)
    This September(2016).
    I will be taking Physics, maths and further maths, if that helps
    For Physics you will take 3 exams at the end of 2 years to get an A level. (You also have to take 12 specified practicals over the course of the 2 years but how you do in these does not affect your final grade). Depending on your school, you may take AS exams (2 exams) at the end of year 12 and be awarded a grade but this will not make up part of your overall A level grade.

    For Maths and Further Maths you will take the 'old' A levels. You will take 12 units for the 2 A levels, probably 6 in the summer of Year 12 (probably getting you AS Maths and AS Further Maths) and 6 in the summer of Year 13. If you want, you will be able to re-sit any unit(s) you did badly in in Year 12 in Year 13 and your better mark at the 2 attempts is the one that will be used to calculate the overall A level grade.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    For Physics you will take 3 exams at the end of 2 years to get an A level. (You also have to take 12 specified practicals over the course of the 2 years but how you do in these does not affect your final grade). Depending on your school, you may take AS exams (2 exams) at the end of year 12 and be awarded a grade but this will not make up part of your overall A level grade.

    For Maths and Further Maths you will take the 'old' A levels. You will take 12 units for the 2 A levels, probably 6 in the summer of Year 12 (probably getting you AS Maths and AS Further Maths) and 6 in the summer of Year 13. If you want, you will be able to re-sit any unit(s) you did badly in in Year 12 in Year 13 and your better mark at the 2 attempts is the one that will be used to calculate the overall A level grade.
    Thanks very much.
    I understand most of it now but how is different from the old A-Level system? Does that mean that I can do A2 without AS. If yes, how universities know how realistic my predicted grades what are chances of achieving those.
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    (Original post by Darshan98)
    Thanks very much.
    I understand most of it now but how is different from the old A-Level system? Does that mean that I can do A2 without AS. If yes, how universities know how realistic my predicted grades what are chances of achieving those.
    A2 as an idea no longer exists: there are AS levels with AS level exams and A levels with A level exams (whereas before to get an A level you needed to take AS and A2 exams).

    The university bit is difficult (though it is just the way it was 20 years ago), which is one of the reasons why 70% of schools are still entering students for AS levels. Since schools routinely mis-predict A level results (I saw the stats recently and can't precisely recall them but something like 20% were at least 2 grades over what students got) they will have to give GCSE results more credence.
 
 
 
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