Linear A Levels: Love Them or Loathe Them?

Trivium 21c

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Linear A levels, love them or loathe them, are on their way back. A number of peopleare pointing out all the problems that may arise with their re-introduction, including some worried folk from universities who usethe AS grade in determining whether to make an offer to a potential student or not. In schools someare worried about the decoupling of the AS especially thosewith smaller sixth forms, where teaching AS alongside A level might be continued. I have heard that some teachers will use the AS as a mock exam in year 12, which I believe will be a disaster,and others who wantstudents to then make a choice as to whether to continue their studies in a particular discipline or not and think that by taking the AS they will be able to decide and have a qualification to their name if they give up; Ah well, they are not designed…

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