Latest results spark revival of campaign to save citizenship A level

Campaigners have revived their campaign to save the citizenship A level qualification, which will cease to be offered from 2017.

Exam board AQA decided to drop the qualification earlier this year, but the recent A level results have given those against the move fresh hope.

Campaigners including the Citizenship Foundation, the Association for Citizenship Teaching, and Democratic Life had urged AQA not to go ahead with its plans.

They were unsuccessful in persuading the awarding body to keep the course, with the decision being blamed on falling student numbers – AQA said that the numbers taking the course had halved since 2011.

It means that the last exams for students taking the current qualification will be in June 2018.

However, the 2015 A level results show that 2,914 students achieved the qualification (630 at A level and 2,284 at AS level), causing campaigners to renew their efforts. A new online petition has now been launched.

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