A levels were originally introduced to facilitate entry to higher education.
Whilst this remains a primary purpose, over time A levels have also established a role in recognising achievements from purely academic to more applied skills and knowledge that are valued within employment.
A* - E
Assessment opportunities for AS and A levels are available in May/June and candidates may take the opportunity to be assessed in units or at the end of the course.
Assessment is generally by written external examination except where this is not appropriate.
Additionally, non-examination assessments, practical examination, portfolio assessment and coursework are used to assess those aspects of the course which are not suitable for assessment via a timed written examination.
AS and A levels accredited in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will differ in terms of structure, content and assessment arrangements. Grading will remain the same.
A levels accredited by CCEA Regulation have been designed so as to be equivalent in demand to those accredited by Ofqual.
For CCEA Regulation accredited A levels, science practical assessment will continue to contribute towards the learner’s final grade.
Link to CCEA website: http://ccea.org.uk/qualifications