Is this the end of A-levels?
It's the all-singing, all-dancing "specialised" 14-19 diploma (see pages 16 and 17). The first ever, fully endorsed by industry, it has the three "Rs", key skills, soft skills like communication in the business environment, maths, IT, a language (possibly) and big chunks of GCSE or A-level academic study.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority says it's unique. Well, it's certainly a unique move in the right direction. In France, it is called the baccalaureat technologique; in Germany, the Fachabitur. Certainly, if we are to harmonise qualifications across Europe, we must go this way.
With such a seamless 14-19 diploma, covering enough academic options for the full student ability range, A-levels could be abolished. Now, there's a novel idea.