English after the post-2015 A level Reforms:HE Prerequisites and Perspectives


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, focussing 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.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2018.1509205
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Changing English on 6 Sept 2018, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1358684X.2018.1509205
Uncontrolled Keywords: A levels,higher education,reform,transition,survey
Publication ISSN: 1469-3585
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-10-02
Published Online Date: 2018-09-06
Accepted Date: 2018-08-04
Authors: Macrae, Andrea
Clark, Billy
Giovanelli, Marcello (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8470-3800)



Version: Accepted Version

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