22 January 2015: Following the successful completion of its initial remit, ALCAB is to close down for the time being. See News for details
18 December 2014: ALCAB has today published its final advice on the content of new A levels in languages, mathematics and geography. The Government and Ofqual have also published their final requirements, which reflect ALCAB’s advice. See our News page for details.
2 December 2014: The Government has today announced that they have accepted advice from ALCAB and Ofqual to delay first teaching of the new A levels in mathematics and further mathematics to 2017. See News page for details.
29 September 2014: ALCAB has written to Ofqual explaining why new A levels in modern foreign languages should include an analytical essay in English. See ALCAB correspondence.
16 July 2014: ALCAB has today published the reports of its panels with recommended content of new A levels in mathematics, further mathematics, modern foreign and classical languages and geography. See “News” for details.
Welcome to the A Level Content Advisory Board (ALCAB). We provide advice to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) on the content required in new A levels in subjects identified by leading universities as particularly important.
We work closely with a broad range of higher education institutions, from both within and outside the Russell Group of Universities, as well as with stakeholders from across the education sector and expert subject associations. ALCAB’s initial task was to provide guidance on the content required for A levels in mathematics, further mathematics, modern foreign and classical languages and geography. later ALCAB plans to work with Ofqual on the review of the implementation of new A levels in subjects identified by the Russell Group as “facilitating subjects”.
ALCAB is governed by a Management Board which reports to the Russell Group. The Board is chaired by Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick. The Executive Director is Isabel Nisbet (see “News”). Our detailed work looking at individual A Level subjects has been undertaken by subject panels of experienced academics. They have consulted widely, including with subject experts and teachers.