A broadening of the post‐16 curriculum based partly on the recommendations in the 1996 Dearing Review of Qualifications for 16–19 Year Olds. Implemented in 2000, it revised the traditional structure of General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level provision, by introducing the requirement for students to choose four or five subjects at Advanced Subsidiary Level in their first year of studies, preferably spanning a range of arts and science subjects; and only in their second year to narrow their focus, dropping some of their AS subjects and continuing with the rest at A2 level. Curriculum 2000 also introduced key skills across the post‐16 curriculum, for those studying GCEs as well as those on vocationally related courses. During the pilot year 2000/01 difficulties were reported by both students and teachers over the volume of assessment. Assessment procedures were subsequently reviewed and simplified, and the inclusion of key skills made optional.