​​Proposed amendment to the assessment of Chinese and Japanese AS and A levels​

Closed 31 May 2023

Opened 26 Apr 2023


Ofqual invites your views on a proposed amendment to the assessment requirements for AS and A level Chinese and Japanese qualifications being taught from autumn 2024. This consultation seeks views on whether, and if so how, Ofqual should amend a requirement for AS and A level qualifications in Chinese and Japanese that limits how many marks can be used for responses in English. 

Ofqual’s proposal is in response to a separate consultation launched by the Department for Education (DfE).


This consultation is open to anyone who may wish to make representation but may be of most interest to:  

  • students, including private candidates, and especially those who are expecting to study Chinese AS or A level or Japanese AS or A level from autumn 2024 and beyond, and their parents and carers 

  • teachers of these qualifications 

  • school and college leaders and heads of other types of exam centre 

  • unions 

  • exams officers 

  • the exam boards that will provide the qualifications 

  • those who use qualifications to make selection decisions: higher education institutions and employers. 

Consultation arrangements 


This consultation will be open for 5 weeks starting on Wednesday 26 April 2023 and ending on Wednesday 31 May 2023 at 11:45pm. 


Please respond to this consultation by completing the online response form.

What happens next

Your response has been submitted. Thank you for completing the consultation

This information will now be analysed and the findings will be published on our website.

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  • Anyone from any background


  • AS and A levels