Gove cuts modules but gives way on A-level shake-up

A levels are likely to be divided into two courses, each lasting a year and ending with a set of exams in the summer term, after resistance from school and university leaders to plans by Michael Gove to abandon AS levels.

Kenneth Durham, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference of leading independent schools, said that the timescale — redesigning A levels within two years — risked a repeat of the mistakes made before AS levels were introduced in 2000, when rushed changes, followed by tinkering, weakened the qualifications.

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