THE AS LEVEL
9. In 1989 a new examination was introduced
for 18 year olds: the Advanced Supplementary (AS). The aim of
it was to broaden the experience of those taking A levels and
its standard was to be the same as that of the A level, on half
the content. This was contrary to the perceived need for an intermediate
examination between GCSE and A level, and the AS was not taken
up by as many students as the Government had hoped it would be.
10. The 1996 review undertaken by Lord Dearing
recognised the lack of appeal of the AS and proposed a new Advanced
Subsidiary examination, which could be taken either as a freestanding
qualification or as a precursor to the Alevel itself.
The new AS was to be set at a standard appropriate to the end
of one year's study in the sixth form, thus similar to the intermediate
examinations proposed earlier.
9 The Story of the General Certificate of Education
(GCE) Advanced level - Colin Robinson
September 2001. Commissioned by Statistics
and Information Management Team; Communications and Knowledge
Management Division; QCA. Back
Lord Dearing: Review of Qualifications for 16-19 Year Olds 1996. Back