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A-levels set for overhaul, Ofqual says

30/04/2012 Joanna
Secondary teachers could see the A-level courses they teach change in the near future after the examinations watchdog Ofqual said it was considering a major overhaul of the system.

Widespread criticism of consistent grade inflation and a perceived lack of confidence in the A-level system has lead Ofqual to carry out a consultation on the future of the exams and a report is due this summer.

The organisation has acknowledged that AS levels are valued by universities and students, but admits that there are issues about the number of resits students can take and there is a suggestion that the modular system may be abandoned in favour of restating the old two-year courses with final exams at the end.

Speaking in an interview with the Telegraph, Ofqual chief executive Glenys Stacey said that it was "impossible to justify" the grade inflation that has taken place persistently for the past decade.

"It is not simply a question of 'well, let's propose we get rid of the January exams', you do need to have regard to the structure of the two-part A-level," she said.

Ms Stacey said that the solution may be to address the issue subject by subject, while she also suggested that mandatory A-levels similar to those in European schools are being considered.

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