AS - reformed Ofqual accredited (First awarded 2016)


The purpose of the reformed Ofqual accredited A level, as set out in Ofqual’s Qualification Level Conditions and Requirements is as follows:

  • provide evidence of students’ achievements in an internationally comparable post-16 course of study that is a sub-set of A level content; 
  • enable students to broaden the range of subjects they study.

A – E


Reformed Ofqual accredited AS will be linear in their structure, with all assessment at the end of the qualification.

Students will sit a terminal examination, and, in some cases, undertake non-exam assessment.

Further information

The introduction of reformed Ofqual accredited AS and A levels will be phased. The subject timetable for AS and A level reform is as follows:

The 2017 and 2018 admissions cycle will see large numbers of applicants applying to HE with a mixture of new and current AS and A levels due to the staggered reform timetable.

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.

Not all applicants will choose to study AS qualifications.

Link to rules, regulations and guidance for the reformed A levels and AS qualifications (taught from September 2015) published by Ofqual:…

Links to awarding organisation websites and specifications: