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Dear colleague

Confirmation of our plans for AS and A-level Statistics under Government reform

As you will be aware, government changes to the exam system and qualifications mean that only new qualifications accredited by Ofqual can be offered by awarding bodies in the future.

As you entered students for the AS and A-level Statistics in 2016, I am writing to let you know that we have decided not to continue developing this as a new AS and A-level qualifications for first teaching in 2017. This means 2018 will be the last time students can sit the exams for the current A-level and 2019 will be the last re-sit opportunity.

I appreciate that this is disappointing news and wanted to explain the reasons behind this decision.

As we have been working towards accreditation, we have concluded that Statistics is best assessed as part of a wider maths qualification and a standalone Statistics qualification is not a good fit with our redeveloped mathematics offering. This suite has been developed to include a much greater emphasis on statistics and we are confident that students’ needs in this area can be best met through our new qualifications. These include our A-level Mathematics that will be ready for first teaching in September 2017, and our Level 3 Mathematical Studies qualification, which is already being taught.

We wanted to give you as much notice as possible so that you have enough time to accommodate these changes in your plans. We will of course continue to provide you with any support you need in order for your students to complete this qualification while it is still available.

Thank you for choosing AQA in the past. If you have any questions or would like further support, please contact me or a member of the Mathematics Team on 0800 197 7162 or by email.

Yours sincerely,


Kevin Phillips
Director: Chief Executive’s Office  

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