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We have made minor drafting changes to clarify some of our expectations, but have otherwise decided to adopt our consultation proposals in full.
We have now published final versions of our:
- GCE Subject Level Conditions and Requirements for Modern Foreign Languages
- GCE Subject Level Guidance for Modern Foreign Languages
Our new rules require all reformed AS and A level qualifications in French, German and Spanish to:
- comply with the Department for Education’s AS and A level subject content for modern foreign languages, and with our assessment objectives
- assess spoken language skills through non-exam assessment which is taken during April or May, and set and marked by the awarding organisation (weighted at 30% of the total qualification)
- at A level, this will last between and 21 and 23 minutes, and comprise a presentation of the students’ independent research, followed by questions on the presentation and a discussion based on an unseen scenario
- at AS, this will last between 12 and 15 minutes, and comprise two discussion based on unseen scenarios
- comply with our rules around vocabulary lists and access to texts in exams
- prohibit access to dictionaries in assessments or formal preparation periods before them
Our guidance explains:
- our approach to the use of vocabulary lists
- the appropriate length for translation exercises
- when non-exam assessment can take place
- how to 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 modern foreign languages (French, German and Spanish). These rules will apply to the exam boards that want to offer new French, German and Spanish AS and A levels from September 2016.
This consultation takes forward decisions made following our earlier consultation ‘Developing new GCSE, A level and AS qualifications for first teaching in 2016’, and is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.