Guidance

Summary of changes to AS and A levels from 2015

Updated 31 March 2017

1. Taught from 2015

The following subjects will be first awarded in 2016 for AS and 2017 for A level.

Subject Non-exam assessment Consultations and decisions Final rules Accredited specifications Comments
Art and design AS level: 100%1

A level: 100%1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
Biology AS level: none2

A level: none3
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Conditions and guidance for practical assessments
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR A
OCR B
Pearson A
Pearson B
WJEC Eduqas
At least 12 set practical activities for A level.
Separately reported grade for practical skills at A level.
School statement confirming they have taken reasonable steps to ensure practical work completed.
Business AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
Chemistry AS level: none2

A level: none3
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Conditions and guidance for practical assessments
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR A
OCR B
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
At least 12 set practical activities for A level.
Separately reported grade for practical skills at A level.
School statement confirming they have taken reasonable steps to ensure practical work completed.
Computer science AS level: none4

A level: 20%4
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
WJEC Eduqas
 
Economics AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson A
Pearson B
WJEC Eduqas
 
English language AS level: none5

A level: 20%5
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
English language and literature AS level: none5

A level: 20%5
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
English literature AS level: none5

A level: 20%5
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA A
AQA B
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
History AS level: none1

A level: 20%6
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
 
Physics AS level: none2

A level: none3
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Conditions and guidance for practical assessments
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR A)
OCR B
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
At least 12 set practical activities for A level.
Separately reported grade for practical skills at A level.
School statement confirming they have taken reasonable steps to ensure practical work completed.
Psychology AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
Sociology AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements, conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
WJEC Eduqas
 

2. Taught from 2016

The following subjects will be first awarded in 2017 for AS and 2018 for A level.

Subject Non-exam assessment Consultations and decisions Final rules Accredited specifications Comments
Classical Greek AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
OCR  
Dance AS level: 50%7

A level: 50%8
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA  
Drama and theatre AS level: 60%9

A level: 60%10
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
French AS level: 30%11

A level: 30%11
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
Pearson
 
Geography AS level: none1

A level: 20%12
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
School statement confirming opportunities for fieldwork.
German AS level: 30%11

A level: 30%11
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
Pearson
 
Latin AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
OCR  
Music AS level: 60%13

A level: 60%13
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
Physical education AS level: 30%14

A level: 30%14
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
Religious studies AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
Spanish AS level: 30%11

A level: 30%11
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
Pearson
 

3. Taught from 2017

The following subjects will be first awarded in 2018 for AS and 2019 for A level.

Subject Non-exam assessment Consultations and decisions Final rules Accredited specifications Comments
Accounting AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA  
Ancient History AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
OCR  
Archaeology AS level: none1

A level: 20%1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
No qualifications have been or are currently being developed in this subject  
Chinese AS level: 30%11

A level: 30%11
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Pearson  
Classical civilisation AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
OCR  
Design and technology AS level: 50%15

A level: 50%15
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA (fashion & textiles)
AQA (product design)
OCR
Pearson
WJEC Eduqas
 
Electronics AS level: 20%16

A level: 20%16
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
WJEC Eduqas  
Environmental science AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA  
Film studies AS level: 30%17

A level: 30%18
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
OCR
WJEC Eduqas
 
Geology AS level: none19

A level: none19
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
OCR
WJEC Eduqas
At least 12 set practical activities for A level.
Separately reported grade for practical skills at A level.
School statement confirming they have taken reasonable steps to ensure practical work completed.
History of art AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
No qualifications have been or are currently being developed at AS level in this subject  
Italian AS level: 30%11

A level: 30%11
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Pearson  
Law AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR
WJEC Eduqas
 
Mathematics AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA
OCR A
OCR MEI B
 
Further Mathematics AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
   
Media studies AS level: 30%20

A level: 30%20
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
WJEC Eduqas  
Music technology AS level: 40%21

A level: 40%22
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Pearson  
Philosophy AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
AQA  
Politics AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Pearson  
Russian AS level: 30%11

A level: 30%11
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
Pearson  
Statistics AS level: none23

A level: none24
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangements
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)
Conditions & guidance
   

4. Taught from 2018

The following subjects will be first awarded in 2019 for AS and 2020 for A level.

Subject Non-exam assessment Consultations and decisions Final rules Accredited specifications Comments
Biblical Hebrew AS level: none1

A level: none1
Conditions & guidance Subject content (DfE)    
Modern foreign languages (Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, modern Hebrew, Japanese, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Urdu) AS level: none1

A level: none1
Subject content (DfE)
Assessment arrangments
Conditions & guidance
Subject content (DfE)    
  1. Unchanged from legacy qualifications 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44

  2. Legacy qualifications use 20% 2 3

  3. Our legacy rules require at least 20%; all legacy qualifications use 20% 2 3

  4. No equivalent legacy qualification 2

  5. Our legacy rules permit 15% to 40%, all legacy qualifications use 40% 2 3 4 5 6

  6. Our legacy rules require 15% to 20%; all legacy qualifications use 20%

  7. Legacy qualifications use 60%

  8. Legacy qualifications use 55%

  9. Legacy qualifications use between 40% and 100% (they all include the maximum permitted 40% controlled assessment; one includes a further externally-assessed performance, which is also a form of non-exam assessment)

  10. Legacy qualifications use between 40% and 70% (they all include the maximum permitted 40% controlled assessment; one includes a further externally-assessed performance, which is also a form of non-exam assessment)

  11. Legacy qualifications use between 30% and 40% 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

  12. Legacy qualifications do not include non-exam assessment

  13. Legacy qualifications use between 60% and 70% (assessment approaches vary, but both controlled assessment units, and externally-assessed performance/composition units are forms of non-exam assessment) 2

  14. Our legacy rules permit 30% to 50%; all legacy qualifications use at least 40% 2

  15. Our legacy rules permit 30% to 60%; all legacy qualifications use at least 50% 2

  16. Legacy qualifications use between 27% and 30% 2

  17. Legacy qualifications use between 40% and 50%

  18. Legacy qualifications use between 45% and 50%

  19. Legacy qualifications use between 20% and 30% 2

  20. Our legacy rules permit 40% to 50%; all legacy qualifications use 50% 2

  21. Legacy qualifications use 70% (although all units are externally assessed, all but one are forms of non-exam assessment)

  22. Legacy qualifications use 65% (although all units are externally assessed, all but one are forms of non-exam assessment)

  23. Legacy qualifications use up to 8.33%

  24. Legacy qualifications use up to 4.17%