A-level science plans flawed, say learned societies

In a BBC News article, 09/09/13, Judith Burns reports that a group of scientific organisations have warned that plans for tougher A-level sciences are being rushed and may misfire.

The group, Score, has criticised a decision by exams watchdog Ofqual "to push ahead" with changes to science A-levels ready for teaching in 2015.

Score, which includes the Royal Society and Institute of Physics, claims it has been sidelined in discussions about the new qualifications.

An Ofqual spokeswoman said consultation with subject experts was continuing.

On Friday, the regulator announced that changes to maths A-level would be delayed by a year, until 2016, but no such announcement was made for the sciences.

Score says this is likely to result in a lack of co-ordination between science and maths A-levels.

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