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Virtual A'Levels

Virtual A'Levels

Pearson to launch virtual Spanish A-level course in September – but union leader warns that 'highly inflated claims' about online learning 'have not come to reality'

.Schools all over the country have shown interest in online A-level courses that can be delivered without a teacher in the classroom, Tes can reveal.

The education company Pearson is launching a “virtual” Spanish A level later this year, and is already thinking about expanding the courses to a range of other subjects including French, maths and physics.

Pearson has a well-established “virtual schools” business in the US, Connections Education, which currently teaches 65,000 primary and secondary-aged students who are studying full-time online while at home.

Sharon Hague, Pearson’s senior vice-president for schools, told Tes that the company was interested in bringing virtual courses to the UK to help schools “manage their time and budgets” and maintain “the breadth of their curriculum”.

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