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A Level

Advanced Level


Academies are a new type of school. They are publicly-funded independent schools, for pupils of all abilities, established by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups working in highly innovative partnerships with central Government and local education partners. Their independent status allows them the flexibility to be innovative and creative in their curriculum, staffing and governance and to work in different ways to traditional local authority schools


Qualifications Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales.


The main aim of Access programmes is to prepare adult learners from non-traditional backgrounds and under-represented groups for admission to undergraduate education. They often lead to GCSEs and A levels and are run by Colleges of Further Education. ACCESS to teaching would offer GCSE mathematics, English and science and appropriate A levels for Initial Teacher Training degree entry.


Advisory Centre for Education.


Association of Chief Education Officers.


Adult and Community Learning Fund.


Advisory Committee for Vocational Training (European Union).


Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder.

Admissions Authority

Schools which handle their own pupil applications are admission authorities. They send out information about the school and pupil application forms, giving a deadline for receipt. Local authorities are also admission authorities as they are responsible for admissions to community and voluntary-controlled schools.

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