Saturday, May 16, 2015

Arguing Against the UK's A-Levels

In UK, there are two ways to enter University level education. First, take A-Levels or equivalent courses such as International Baccalaureate for 2 years to complete the equivalent of freshman year of university. On the other hand is to complete a Foundation Courses and transfer to University. There is a distinction between Foundation Courses and Foundation Degrees. The Foundation Degree is the completion of two years of a Bachelor's degree, while Foundation Courses are the equivalent level of material as A-levels, without A-level exams, and it is typically for Arts, Design, and Architecture students.

What is wrong with using A-Levels?
As a weighted opinion, wasting 2 years at the college level to complete 1 year at the university level is a was of time. In fact, it is better for the universities to expand their degrees to 4 years instead of taking A-Levels. However, UK universities do not want to waste time in sorting out the qualified and unqualified students with gateway modules for a freshman year. Yet, they still have to sort out the qualifying students using A-Levels, and A-Levels require multiple reforms to stop grade inflation. In a competitive global economy, the wasted year is not efficient for college students and potential college graduates. Therefore, it is better to abolish this waste of time known as the A-Levels to streamline the education process.

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