Three years of tracking research by Beaufort Research on behalf of Qualification Wales has shown a general positive movement in public confidence in non-degree qualifications.
Public in Wales’ confidence in AS/A levels generally high. AS/A levels were felt by the public to be good preparation for further study and to be trusted qualifications. As in previous years, there was some disagreement about how well AS/A levels were understood by people (with around one in four of the public disagreeing with this statement), as well as whether they were good preparation for the world of work and develop a broad range of skills for students.
Public perceptions of GCSE qualifications were similar on the whole to those of AS/A levels, with the strongest endorsement of GCSEs for being ‘good preparation for further study’ and for being ‘a trusted qualification’. Read the whole report here.