The A Level reform will bring with it the biggest change the system has seen in over a decade. These reforms can be quite confusing, so we've tried our best to explain how the changes affect your studies and have highlighted a few key issues for your attention and consideration.

Changes are being made to both A Level specifications (the content of what is being taught/studied) and A Level examinations.

The new specifications, first released in September 2015, will affect the following of our A Level subjects:

  1. Business
  2. Economics
  3. English Language
  4. English Literature
  5. History
  6. Psychology
  7. Sociology


The new specifications are to be taught in colleges and schools from September 2015 onwards. The first A Level examinations under the new specifications will be held in June 2017. Ofqual, the exams regulator, will be responsible for approving the overhauled course content. Many haven't been approved yet, so even teachers are unsure of what they're actually going to teach from September 2015.

Another major change is that the AS Levels will be detached from A Levels which means that they will no longer count towards A Level grades.

What does all this mean for you?

If you enrol with ICS today on any of the above courses, your last chance to sit the appropriate exam is the 2016 June diet. Your AS certification will not be carried forward to the new qualifications, so if you wish to complete the A Level, the 2016 June diet is the last point to have completed both the AS and A2 elements.

Our product team is currently working on developing the new materials for the new specifications. They will first be taught from September 2015.

There will be a second round of A Level courses which will go through this reform, including our A Level Maths. We will follow the same procedure next year.

If you enrol on any of the above A Level courses with us in or after September 2015, you will have to decide which exam diet you are aiming to sit. If it's the 2016 one, we will enrol you on the old specification. However, if you're aiming for the 2017 examination diet, you will study the new A Level content.

We hope this blog helps you to understand the changes, but understand that they can be confusing. If you're still unsure of what the changes mean for you, please don't hesitate to contact our course advisors on 0800 096 8412 or email them at

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