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We received two responses to the consultation - one which made general comments about the overall reform of GCSEs, AS and A levels, and one which supported all our proposals.
As a result, we have decided to confirm all our proposed rules and guidance for new AS and A levels in environmental science.
We have now published our:
- GCE Subject Level Conditions and Requirements for Environmental Science
- GCE Subject Level Guidance for Environmental Science
Our new rules will require new AS and A levels in environmental science to:
- comply with the Department for Education’s subject content for AS and A level environmental science, and with our assessment objectives
- allocate 10% of total marks assessing mathematical skills and 15% of total marks to indirect assessment of practical work
They also require exam boards to collect statements from schools which confirm that they have taken reasonable steps to ensure students have completed the practical work required by the subject content.
Our guidance explains how awarding organisations should interpret our assessment objectives.
This consultation is about the rules and guidance we plan to put in place for new AS and A levels in environmental science. These rules will apply to the new environmental science AS and A levels that will be taught in schools in England from September 2017.
This consultation takes forward decisions made following our earlier consultation ‘Development of new GCSEs and A levels for teaching from 2017’, and is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.