GCE A level 2016 and linked Ofqual consultation

1 August 2014

A draft of proposed subject content for the new A levels in Modern Foreign Languages and a linked Ofqual consultation have now been published.

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Read the proposed subject content for the new A levels in Modern Foreign Languages and the linked Ofqual consultation. The content for these documents has been devised in partnership with the A level content advisory board (ALCAB) which was set up by the Russell Group of universities and involves a team of experienced academics. Their report provides greater detail on the proposals and should be read in tandem with the consultation documents.

You will note that the subject content features significant changes that include revisited and 'invigorating' content directly linked to the society of target-language countries and communities.

There is an increased importance placed on:

  • knowledge of the target-language culture and society with greater emphasis on 'cultural outputs' (book/film)
  • critical and analytical thinking
  • independent research and presentation of findings
  • quality and accuracy of language used
  • logical progression from the new, revised GCSE
  • separate AS and A level examinations.

The new GCE A levels in languages will - like the new GCSEs in languages - be introduced for first teaching from September 2016. The first full A level qualifications and GCSEs will be sat and awarded in summer 2018.

It is important that teachers express their views on the proposed subject content via the consultation before Monday 22 September 2014.

To have your say and become more involved with the development of the Pearson Edexcel GCE A level (and GCSE) qualification developments, why not join our teacher panel?

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