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Proposed changes to A levels - WJEC's response

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Commenting on the news that the Secretary of State is seeking a range of changes in A Level exams, including greater involvement from universities, Gareth Pierce, Chief Executive of WJEC, said:

“Through our active engagement with stakeholders in England and Wales, WJEC has already been giving detailed consideration to a range of issues that need to be addressed in developing the next generation of A Levels.  These include the involvement of higher education and employers, the relationship between the AS examination and the full A Level, and the extent to which re-taking of units is permitted.

“We welcome the proposals to find new ways of involving universities in developing A levels, especially in advising on subject content and developing students' skills to support further learning.  The proposed changes build on ways in which universities have already been contributing within the present system, notably in helping to shape the criteria used by regulators to manage the current A Level qualifications framework.

“We hope there will be early discussions between government departments, regulators and awarding organisations to allow time to develop high quality specifications and support resources for the new A levels, giving schools and colleges appropriate time to plan their first delivery of the new qualifications.”

For further information please contact:

Dafydd Wyn, Communications Officer
029 2026 5102 dafydd.wyn@wjec.co.uk