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Confused about A Level changes/ AS exams in summer 2016 watch

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    Basically I've started my A Levels in September 2015 and they are linear, so we've been told that the exams are at the end of two years. But, we are sitting 'AS' exams this summer. I was confused by this, as I thought that wasn't being done anymore, so I asked my senior tutor to clarify. She said that these exams are being used as performance indicators and are important and are official 'external' exams. So, confused by this as well, I rang UCAS as I wanted to know whether we had to record these results on our forms for uni (I was worried as I might do bad I don't want unis to see) and UCAS told me you would have to record the results on the form if you receive a certificate for them and they are official. I think you only get a certificate for Linear subjects in AS if you drop a subject, so I don't think we will get certificates (correct me if I'm wrong). I'm not intending on dropping any subjects as I'm doing three A Levels, so i don't think Ill get any certificates unless they do give us one. So my question is, are these AS exams that students who are doing Linear A levels are taking this summer, official exams where you have to record them on your UCAS form and your referee will mention them in Personal statement, or are they simply like MOC exams that your teachers are going to use as a basis ( along with class work and stuff) for predicted grades, that you don't have to record? Obviously, if you do well then you would want to record them so I don't know about that either. If anyone could clarify this I would really appreciate it, because I'm treating them as real exams, but I'm just being told conflicting information and I'm so confused. Sorry for being so confusing, but i just tried to include all the info that was confusing me.
    Thanks A Lot!

    Wait if they're external... do our schools mark them o.0 or do they get sent off to the exam board?
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Wait if they're external... do our schools mark them o.0 or do they get sent off to the exam board?
    I think they are getting sent off if they are external :/ We are doing them like actual exams with invigilators and stuff. Ugh.

    this is the system as i understand it: you only have AS exams in your AS subjects (with the exception of maths) i think these are the only ones that go on your UCAS form. i dont think that the end of year exams that schools are doing are official in the capacity that they go tour prospective unis i think they are there for predicted grades and to help determine which students should resit the first year of the two year course. You then have your A level exams in June 2017 which determine whether you get into uni.

    If they're externally marked then they're real exams.

    Before, AS used to be half of an A-Level - you would do the AS exams in Y12, and the A2 exams in Y13 to then get the full A-Level. Under the new, linear system, if you do an AS, it will not count towards a full A-Level, but is a stand-alone qualification.

    Any exams you take will have to be put on your UCAS form. A lot of schools want to make their students do the AS so it can help in predicting your final grades for their reference when you come to fill in UCAS. It would also show the university evidence of your ability, so could be very beneficial.

    Not all subjects have changed over to the linear system yet. Those subjects who have changed so far (so, started being taught in September 2015) are as follows, any others are still on the old, modular system:
    art and design
    computer science
    English language
    English language and literature
    English literature
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