I work in a Sixth Form College and they are downgrading our department because we cannot meet the college benchmark in terms of success rate for AS. Our results in Spanish and French are excellent for A2, but we always get a few students for AS who struggle terribly with the course. As teachers we cannot do more than we are doing at the moment in terms of extra support, etc. We try everything every year, but there are always "casualties" as we get students with very low ability . The school is using statistics that are not reliable, since classes are small, and you only need one to fail and another to leave college to make the statistics look bad. I was wondering if you are also experiencing difficulties with getting students to pass with a good grade in AS. I use WJEC and I find the exam very challenging. I had a look at AQA and it seems much easier, but I am terrified of changing because I keep hearing horror stories about the marking, etc. I find the system so inflexible and unfair, they don't care about the reasons why a student fails, which in most cases is because they don't bother coming to class or studying. Does your school take into account AS results or only A2?