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Williamson, Joanna; Vitello, Sylvia – Cambridge Assessment, 2018
Candidates taking a reformed (decoupled) Advanced (A) level may follow an 'Advanced Subsidiary (AS) + A level' route in that subject, taking the decoupled AS level, usually in Year 12, followed by the A level, usually in Year 13. Alternatively, they may follow an 'A level only' route. The research described in this report explored whether there…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Change
Rodeiro, Carmen Vidal – Cambridge Assessment, 2019
Researchers investigating progression to higher education (HE) have suggested that student and school characteristics (e.g., gender, prior academic attainment, social background, type of school) are important factors affecting HE participation and the type of HE institution attended (Chowdry et al., 2013; Boliver, 2013; Vidal Rodeiro, Sutch, &…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Attainment, Achievement Tests, Course Selection (Students)
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Whittaker, Adam – British Journal of Music Education, 2021
A-level music, a qualification taken most often in English and Welsh school contexts around the age of 18, has been a long-standing feature of the musical training of many musicians. Historically bound up with Western European Art Music, the qualification has somewhat broadened its horizons in recent times, though with mixed success in opening up…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Tests, Foreign Countries
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Whittaker, Adam – British Journal of Music Education, 2020
The canon forming the backbone of most conceptions of Western music has been a feature of musical culture for decades, exerting an influence upon musical study in educational settings. In English school contexts, the once perceived superiority of classical music in educational terms has been substantially revised and reconsidered, opening up…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Curriculum, Knowledge Level
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Macrae, Andrea; Clark, Billy; Giovanelli, Marcello – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College English, Undergraduate Study, Higher Education
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Brown, Carol – Psychology of Education Review, 2018
Based on Eccles' expectancy-value model of achievement motivation this study used questionnaires to explore the relationships between expectations, task values and A-level achievement in 930 students from 12 Oxfordshire schools. Understanding the relationship between these variables is important given the significance of these qualifications for…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Exit Examinations, College Entrance Examinations, Foreign Countries
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Nash, Poppy; Naylor, Amanda; Manandhar, Dristi; Stubbs, Joshua; Penten, Philip – Pastoral Care in Education, 2021
There is growing concern across Advanced-Level (A-Level) providers and universities that many students are experiencing high levels of stress and physical illness, related to academic and/or social aspects of student life. The impact of academic pressure to 'succeed' is increasingly evident. There is an urgent need to provide appropriate student…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Student Attitudes, Study Habits, Resilience (Psychology)
Gill, Tim – Cambridge Assessment, 2019
This report investigates the progression of students from General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) to A level; that is, the proportion of students who go on to take an A level in the same (or related) subject. Progression rates are presented by GCSE grade, and student gender. In addition, the report looks at the relationship between GCSE…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Exit Examinations, College Entrance Examinations, Foreign Countries
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Bowyer, Jessica; Carroll, Prerna – Psychology Teaching Review, 2016
A levels in England are moving from a modular to a linear system. Additionally, the AS and A level are being "decoupled", meaning that students will no longer undertake summative assessment at the end of the first year of study. Psychology may be particularly vulnerable to these changes as students often have no prior experience of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Psychology, Online Surveys
Vidal Rodeiro, Carmen – Research Matters, 2019
Policy makers and the general public have become increasingly concerned about the extent to which different qualifications/subjects prepare young people for Higher Education. Despite policy efforts and claims of equivalence, progression might differ depending on the qualifications/subjects studied, even after controlling for background…
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), Student Characteristics, Background, Foreign Countries
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Lukácsi, Zoltán – Language Testing, 2021
In second language writing assessment, rating scales and scores from human-mediated assessment have been criticized for a number of shortcomings including problems with adequacy, relevance, and reliability (Hamp-Lyons, 1990; McNamara, 1996; Weigle, 2002). In its testing practice, Euroexam International also detected that the rating scales for…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Test Items, Check Lists
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Darlington, Ellie; Bowyer, Jessica – Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 2017
As part of a large-scale survey of over 4000 undergraduates at British universities, 238 economics students reported on their experiences of studying post-compulsory secondary mathematics qualifications (A-levels) and the preparation they provided for their degrees. Participants were positive about their experience of post-compulsory mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Brown, Carol – Psychology of Education Review, 2021
According to Eccles' expectancy-value model of achievement motivation, students' expectations and values relate to their performance and are influenced by goals and identities. When specific identities are important to an individual the tasks associated with them will have value and the individual will be motivated to act them out. This study…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Expectation, Self Concept, Student Motivation
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Jones, H. L.; Gaskell, E. H.; Prendergast, J. R.; Bavage, A. D. – Educational Studies, 2017
First-year undergraduates can find the transition from the prescriptive learning environment at school to one of self-directed learning at university, a considerable challenge. A Pre-university Skills Course (PSC) was developed to address this issue by preparing sixth formers for the university learning style. It was piloted with students in the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Educational Benefits, Skill Development, Prior Learning
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Brown, Carol – Psychology of Education Review, 2018
Based on Eccles' expectancy-value model of achievement motivation this study used questionnaires to explore the relationships between students' perceived task demands (perceived task difficulty of A levels and required effort) and their expectations and values attached to A level achievement. Although it has been tested extensively in the US, and…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, High Stakes Tests, Student Attitudes, Expectation
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