As you will be aware, the DfE are in the process of reforming A level exams. The reforms began to take effect in September 2015. For students starting Sixth Form in September 2016, the majority of A levels will be the more challenging reformed type. Under the old modular A level system the AS and A2 exams were coupled so that the AS and A2 exam results each contributed 50% of the marks of the overall A level. The new reformed linear A levels have de-coupled AS and A2 results. This means that students may still take a separate AS level exam in a subject but the result will not contribute towards the overall A level. The A level result is achieved on the basis of examinations (and coursework) taken in year 13 only.
In light of this, from September 2016, any student who studies reformed A Levels at Broughton Hall will take a linear exam, at the end of year 13. Students who study any old modular subjects will still sit an AS in year 12 which will contribute towards their final A2 grade in year 13.
For the majority of students joining Sixth Form in September 2016, they will follow a study programme of three Level 3 courses. Four Level 3 courses may still be permitted at the discretion of the Director of Sixth Form. GCSE Maths or English re-sit courses are to be taken in addition to Level 3 courses, if a grade C has not been achieved in either subject.