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A-Level Changes: What you need to know

posted by Carla on Friday, 5 May 2017

Over the past couple of years, both the structure and content of A-levels has changed. Here is a quick guide to those A-Level changes. If you can’t find the information you need here or would like to discuss your circumstances in more detail, please contact our Student Adviser Team who will be happy to discuss your options with you.

Your guide to The A-Level Changes

Have all subjects changed?

Yes, but not all at the same time. The A-Level changes have been spread across 3 years.

When will the new A-levels start?

For first enrolment in 2015

The first exam for these subjects will be summer 2017 for the A-level and summer 2016 for the AS level:

  • History
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Business
  • Economics

For first enrolment in 2016

The first exam for these subjects will be summer 2018 for the A-level and summer 2017 for the AS level:

  • French
  • Religious Studies

For first enrolment in 2017

  • All other subjects

For details on subjects not offered by Oxbridge Home Learning, please see Ofqual’s timeline of changes which you can find by clicking here.

When are the last exams for the current A-levels?

For subjects changing in 2015 (Biology, Business Studies, Economics, English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, History, Psychology, Sociology), the last exam for the current A-levels is summer 2016. It is possible that there may be a resit opportunity in 2017, but this is yet to be confirmed by Ofqual.

When will Oxbridge stop taking enrolments on the current A-levels?

Oxbridge Home Learning will stop taking enrolments between October and December of the year prior to the final exam session, depending on the subject. Full details will be on the subject page on the website from September.

What will the structure of the new A-levels be like?

Linear. This means that assessment will take place at the end of the course.

Does this mean that there will be no more AS level?

There will still be an AS level, but it will be a stand-alone course and will not count towards the A-level.

What will change within the content of the new A-levels?

There will be a lot of changes, some of these will include:

  • All subjects (where relevant) will have an increased level of maths.
  • Practical work will not form part of the overall A-level grade for sciences but will be reported on separately.
  • History will span a longer time period.
  • Flexibility with geography fieldwork.

Will Oxbridge still offer the same subjects at A-level and AS level?

There will be some changes. Oxbridge Home Learning will offer Chemistry and Physics from Autumn 2015, but will no longer offer English Language and Literature. English Language and English Literature will still be available separately.

Where can I get more information?

You can get further information from Ofqual. We will also make sure that this page is kept up-to-date with the latest information. The course pages on Our Oxbridge Home Learning website will also have information about the final exam opportunities for that subject.

If you would like to talk through these changes or discuss your own requirements, please get in touch with our Course Advice team who will be, as always, happy to help you.