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Detail of outcome
We decided we will permit exam boards to develop AS and A levels in Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Greek, modern Hebrew, Japanese, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Urdu against:
- the Department for Education’s (DfE) new subject content for modern foreign languages with smaller cohorts, or
- the subject content for modern foreign languages (which includes a speaking assessment).
We also decided to implement all our proposed rules and guidance for AS and A levels developed against the subject content for modern foreign languages with smaller cohorts.
We decided these qualifications will need to use a title of the form: Language (Listening, Reading, Writing).
Detail of feedback received
There were five responses to the consultation, four from organisations and one from an individual.
Respondents largely supported our proposals, noting in particular the need to indicate the skills assessed in these qualifications.
This consultation is about the rules and guidance we intend to put in place for the new modern foreign languages AS and A levels that will be taught in schools in England from September 2018.
This consultation takes forward decisions made following our earlier consultation ‘Developing new MFL AS and A levels for first teaching in 2018’, and is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.