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Archaeology: GCE A-level

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd November 2016.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential effect of withdrawal of the archaeology A-level on the number of students taking that subject at undergraduate level.

Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential effect of withdrawal of the history of art A-level on the number of students taking that subject at undergraduate level.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

It is disappointing that AQA has taken the decision to withdraw from offering these subjects at A level. Neither subject, however, is a pre-requisite for degree level study, and both are taken by a relatively small number of students.

The option for AQA or another exam board to develop A level specifications for these subjects in future will also remain open. We are in discussion with the exam boards on this issue.

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