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English After the Post-2015 A Level Reforms: HE Prerequisites and Perspectives

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This article reports the results of a survey of UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) providers of undergraduate degree programmes in English. The survey solicited HEI providers’ views on how well each of the A Levels in English prepares students for degree programmes, and asked which of the three A Levels are included in the entry requirements for those programmes. The survey also asked how far HEI providers were aware of the post-2015 reforms at A Level, and what changes had been made to programmes in response to those reforms. After outlining the rationale and methodology of the survey, this article discusses the data, focusing on prerequisites and perceptions of relative usefulness. Findings include: a significant proportion of programmes for which no A Level in English is required; mixed perceptions of the usefulness of the A Levels; and a need for more cross-phase dialogue around A Level content and teaching methods.
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Keywords: A Levels; higher education; reform; survey; transition

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of English and Modern Languages, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK 2: Department of Humanities, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK 3: School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Publication date: October 2, 2018

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