Any parents of Y12 DCs up for a support thread?

(364 Posts)
cardibach Fri 26-Apr-13 21:23:06

to get us through AS and university Open Days etc.?

chocoluvva Sat 27-Apr-13 09:00:17

Great idea - though I'm in Scotland.

DD is about to sit her highers - equivalent to A2s.

Have you looked at TheStudentRoom site? Lots of tips for school/college/uni.

chocoluvva Sat 27-Apr-13 09:00:58

Doh. Highers are equivalent to AS levels.

cardibach Sat 27-Apr-13 11:30:52

Just me and you then, choco! I'm in Wales, so things a bit different from England but not in your league.
We have booked a load of Open Days (thereby netting me some lovely weekends away) and DD is looking forward to those. Seeing the grades required has inspired more revision, too. SHe was struggling, but she's seen she is more than capable of getting on the courses she wants (Occupational Therapy) if she gets on with it. SHe is studying English, Biology and Chemistry at AS, as well as the Welsh Bac. She wants to defer entry and have a gap year, though, to travel.
What is your DD planning on doing?

prettydaisies Sat 27-Apr-13 12:14:34

I have a DD in Y12 doing AS levels and also going to look round universities. The universities that DD wants to go and see all seem to have their open days in the week and there's no way I'd get time off work so she's either going on her own or else OH might take her - his job is a bit more flexible.
I think she has 2 more weeks of school, then study leave for 2 weeks and then back to school after half term even though she still has some more exams then. We're in England.

notfluffy Sat 27-Apr-13 12:30:20

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Cerisier Sat 27-Apr-13 12:50:54

Good idea cardibach, I found the GCSE thread last year very supportive. I have a DD in Y12 working hard for AS's. We are in Asia so getting to universities to look round isn't easy, we can only get over to the UK in July when most open days are over.

cardibach Sat 27-Apr-13 13:11:40

Fortunately for us, DDs Universities all have at least one Saturday Open Day. We live in the back of beyond, so they all mean a weekend away - nice, but expensive.
Anyone else's DC having extreme difficulty with Chemistry? it causes regular tears here. sad

glaurung Sat 27-Apr-13 13:12:13

I have a yr 12 dd too. She doesn't want to go to university and is seriously thinking about dropping out of school next year. Motivation for AS exam study is therefore a bit of a problem right now.

cardibach Sat 27-Apr-13 13:13:00

Oops, sorry notfluffy just seen the bit in your post about Chemistry - that's exactly DD's problem. Any suggestions for solving it gratefully received!

glaurung Sat 27-Apr-13 13:15:23

..and she does chemistry too cardibach - it's a tough subject, some people say the toughest.

glaurung Sat 27-Apr-13 13:18:13

dd struggled with timing in her Jan papers and didn't finish several. I expect it will be a problem this time around too. Looking at mark schemes very carefully is usually the best way to learn how to get the marks (chemistry is notorious for being picky about using exactly the right terminology)

prettydaisies Sat 27-Apr-13 13:30:32

DD is wishing she'd done chemistry instead of English lit I think. Perhaps I need to tell her it's very difficult. She's talking about doing it as an AS in Y13, but I'm not sure how practical that is. Also she won't have done any chemistry for a year.

notfluffy Sat 27-Apr-13 17:05:38

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cardibach Sat 27-Apr-13 19:20:49

Sounds tough, notfluffy. There is so much pressure on grades now, it's bonkers!
She does lots of past papers, but it isn't seeming to make much difference. It's WJEC - the new Head of Chem says it is a difficult board with questions which are not as straight forward as some. She's switching them to OCR for next year, which doesn't help DD sad
I teach at the school and so have access to mark schemes. They are less then helpful too. She has a tutor, but I'm not sure how much good it is doing. She can answer all the questions in lessons/tutor sessions but can't seem to apply it to the exam questions. They have done their prac - no marks yet, but strong hints she got an A in it. THis may pull her U grade papers up to an E! WIth luck she'll do better than that though.
She is looking good for a B or C in Bio - really needs a B as some Universities want B in Bio for Occupational Therapy. She should walk an A in English (it's Lang and Lit) as she has the right sort of flair.
prettydaisies I am an English teacher - if your DD has any problems/queries feel free to ask me! A different perspective can sometimes help.

cardibach Sun 28-Apr-13 17:31:20

How's everyone's revision going today? DD is out at a rehearsal now, but has turned the bathroom into a shrine to Chemistry. You can't even have a wee without revising in this house.

Isthiscorrect Mon 29-Apr-13 03:51:13

Hi, ds is in yr 12, we live overseas but he is still taking AS levels. He needs all A's as he is applying to Cambridge and Georgetown, amongst others. His course are Philosophy, History, Gov & Pol and economics. We went back to the UK for Easter and visited 7 universities over the course of the 2 weeks. It's exhausting, and along with the weather, we all came back sick. Course work appears to be finished so it's all revision and past papers. He has flash cards with names, dates, acronyms etc, everyday he adds more, so he can use the right words according to the marking scheme. I just shuffle them and then we do 10/15 mins whilst making the tea or similar. He has enormous posters he has made tuck up all over the place. Other stuff has been written on the patio windows in the family room, yet more stuff on the tiles in the kitchen. You can't turn round for seeing something. And i must admit that I know far more now about philosophy than I ever thought I would do.

BackforGood Mon 29-Apr-13 13:46:32

Hi. My ds is in Yr12. He doesn't even know if he wants to go to University, and if he does, which subject, or where ~ not sure we'll get to a lot of Open days.
Do they all tend to be in the same couple of weeks?

glaurung Mon 29-Apr-13 14:30:43

You can visit the campuses at any time Backforgood. If you can't make many of the official open days it still gives a feel of the place, most of them have self guided 'walking tours' you can do. I think the open days are mostly clustered in June/July - perhaps a bit longer than 2 weeks, but there will still be clashes and some get booked up rather quickly too.

It's not always wise to rush to university if unsure, especially if your ds can find a good alternative (is he thinking of anything in particular - there are some good apprenticeship schemes about). Dd is sure she doesn't want to go and my view is if she changes her mind she can always go a few years down the line instead.

Hi cardibach and backforgood I think you were both on last year's GCSE support thread? In fact cardibach sent me some English revision stuff which was very useful.
DS1 is working his socks off at the moment. He is doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics chemistry and Biology. Did well in the January modules but is very keen to get into a top uni to do Maths and pushes himself very hard.
backforgood the open days are spread a little. Many in the last couple of weeks in June. Then another lot in September. Then I gather there are more in the spring if they want to re- visit once they have an offer. His college are doing coach trips to some uni open days and we will do others. We also live in the back of beyond so everywhere is miles away.

DD has turned the bathroom into a shrine to Chemistry grin
We used to have the Periodic Table shower curtain like Sheldon has in BBT I kid you not. Not that DS1 is a clone of Sheldon.

Cerisier Mon 29-Apr-13 15:40:50

I'm sorry to hear DD is disenchanted with her studies glaurung. Has she any idea what she would like to do?

Cerisier Mon 29-Apr-13 15:43:10

I was on the GCSE thread as Astelia- I have done my regular NC since then!

Theas18 Mon 29-Apr-13 15:54:18

Mee! Please hold my hand..

It's the 2nd time for me. Eldest is 2nd year at uni. DS worries me more. He's equally able but has moments when he seems to just miss things. Not hugely, but when the profile you need to be taking forward is AAAA (plus general studies and the up coming EPQ) there isn't room for this.

Uni open days booked including Newcastle- that's £100 return on the train for me and DS booked 2 months exactly in advance, so he isn't going to be popping home and we aren't going to be popping up... (DD1 never pops home, well she's coming tonight as she's duetting with DS for his music performance tomorrow). We do go up to DD1s concerts though and it would be a shame not to be able to do so for him.

Soooo I guess the first set of vibes are for nerves of steel tomorrow for him! As long as he holds his nerve the marks should be good.

fivefathoms Mon 29-Apr-13 16:14:49

Newcastle is very near for us hence everywhere else miles away! Open Days are going to be a pain as single parent with younger one doing GCSE's right to the end of June. Eldest will have to do what I did and go to open days by himself I reckon.

Theas18 Mon 29-Apr-13 16:35:52

I can see your problem fivefathoms! I'm only doing newcastle as it'll involve staying over - and the Nottingham day on the way back.

THe more of this juggling I do, the more I am thankful for the lucky happenstance that placed the kids 3 school years apart each time so we don't have the awful A level and GCSE at the same time thing.

I have DS2 in year 10 so 2014 will see GCSE and A levels together. I have always thought two years to be the perfect age gap but next year will test that.
Theas18 does he have an exam tomorrow?

Theas18 Mon 29-Apr-13 17:22:57

Yup sort of- it's the music performance module. A good start in this will really boost his confidence.

cardibach Mon 29-Apr-13 17:24:09

secret we still have that shower curtain! The serious revision is on the back of the door, though.
Yes, I was on the GCSE thread last year - glad the revision stuff was useful! <blushes at being remembered>
We have one Open Day in August (York St. John)! The others are June/July and September/October though.

DS is going to Leeds, Warwick and Durham in June with college, he has been to Cambridge and Oxford on college trips and we are going together to Nottingham in September.
I would have liked to go to Durham and made a weekend of it but the coach is only £10 so I miss out there. He has mentioned Bath and Bristol which are both overnight jobs but we can't go on the proper open days.

notfluffy Mon 29-Apr-13 18:14:43

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glaurung Mon 29-Apr-13 18:49:51

Cerisier, her plan is to do an engineering apprenticeship. She could go on to do a degree afterwards if she wanted - I'm not sure how many of them do in practice though and she would be limited where to do a degree by not having A-levels.

BackforGood Mon 29-Apr-13 20:08:00

Thanks Glaurung and secretscwirrels - yes I needed support for his GCSEs too grin. ds doesn't really know what he wants to do, which makes it tricky to narrow down open days of course, but he's neither engineering nor accountancy inclined, which seem to be where the apprenticeships are. I think he'd be best getting work for a few years, and then going to University in his 20s if he decides it is the right thing for him. Trouble is of course, those 'jobs' are quite difficult to come by.

BackforGood there are "apprenticeships" everywhere. I work in the the public sector and they have recently taken on about 40, in all areas of work. The local authority took on a similar number. They are certainly out there.
However I have huge issues with many of them and think young people should research carefully.
I think there is a great need for proper vocational, on the job training and if these kids came out after 5 years as qualified plumbers or hairdressers or similar then it would be fantastic. Sadly what I have seen is apprentices taken on for only a year, given little training, doing the same work as low grade existing employees but for much less money. The best that could be said for it is that it is work experience for the CV.

bruffin Tue 30-Apr-13 13:54:25

DS is year 12, taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Philosophy and Engineering as an extra.

We had a huge wobbly last term with maths, dug himself into a hole but wouldnt go to see anyone for help. Thankfully his january results were good and now he has got his confidence back and getting really good results in past papers.
He is driving me mad about uni. We have had over 20 prosepectuses turn up. he has a huge spreadsheet with requirements, whether they do a year abroad etc I just want to put my fingers in my ears and go lalala blush

He really wanted to go to Imperial, he has already spent a day there and will be going to a Headstart course in July but wont be go because he only has a C at English GCSE. He is dyslexic and got caught up in the aqa gcse thing last year. None of the others ask for a B at gcse for English.

Secretsquirrel Ds and his mates are going to the Durham open day but are going by train. I dont think they realised how expensive opendays are going to work out in fares.

bruffin I think you were on a thread about Maths/FM? What subject is he looking at for degree?
DS is beavering through past papers, of which there seem to be many. Poor DH has to mark them which he is doing his best at having done Maths A level in 1969. I reached my limit on Maths before GCSE.
He has mocks in D1 C3 and C4 in the next few days.
He also has a Headstart course in July which clashes with a couple of open days.

cardibach Tue 30-Apr-13 16:45:36

Brufin it sounds like he has a lot on his plate, but if he really wants Imperial would he be prepared to do
a resit? I know it is harder for dyslexics but it is possible (I teach English). Extra maturity tends to increase the marks anyway. It would be a shame if he couldn't go because of something so small in the scheme of things.

bruffin Tue 30-Apr-13 16:46:08

Secrets DS has been looking at engineering, but is also wavering towards physics. He has a had a couple of trips of power plants recently which i think he has found quite interesting. DS has D2 C1 and C2 plus a retake on mechanics which he balls up because he was so worried about D1 that he didnt spend anytime on it. But has done lots of past papers on C1 and C2 and only loosing marks on silly mistakes.

Have you had the paper work on Headstart, DS got his last week and he is really excited about it, although i think it was the food rather than anything else grin

bruffin Tue 30-Apr-13 17:01:30

Cardibach They did offer a resit, but it wasnt practical. For some reason what he did badly was the speaking test which was taken the year before, no idea why because that is his strong point. He got a B in the summer exams, which is what was offered as a resit, but he would have had to pull that up to a really high A to get a B. There was also something about the 40% rule. There are other exams they will take,which I think are aimed at foreign students.
I am annoyed that it is something like that which will block him from even applying. He is in this photo so has been recognised as having a lot of potential in engineering. He is bottom right hand corner with the squashed up legs.

We haven't had anything from Headstart since I paid.
One of DS's friends mentioned he had got something through so perhaps I'd better chase it up.

mummytime Tue 30-Apr-13 17:10:16

Bruffin do talk to Imperial, as when I talked to them they said they might look at a dyslexic student with only a C at GCSE English. They also do a lot to support dyslexic students (or so they say).

bruffin Tue 30-Apr-13 17:26:12

I wouldnt worry Secrets, my friends DD hasnt had her paper work yet, she is going to different one to ds.

I did email Imperial but they sent a terse no back. Will probably try again. Ds's Arkwright sponsor have connections to Imperial and said that they might be able to get him a bursery, but that was before we knew about the English requirement.

BackforGood Tue 30-Apr-13 17:29:06

Hi Secrets - yes, I've seen "apprenticeships" like that in childcare and in catering sad. I didn't realise LAs did them though - I'l try to look into that for him, thanks smile

glaurung Tue 30-Apr-13 18:25:22

Dd tells me she is definitely doing her apprenticeship, so I'll be losing her a year earlier than I expected, which hasn't sunk in yet at all. I think (hope) it's a good scheme - just hope she doesn't regret it.

cardibach Wed 01-May-13 16:07:26

well. DD had her Biology prac today (relying on it to boost the marks - exams not her strong point...). She has gone to a friends to revise Chemistry, but has text me to say it went well. that's a relief.
I am also grateful to the friend for the Chemistry tutoring. he is a lovely boy and a great student and he seems to be able to get her to calm down and understand it.

hanginginthere1 Wed 01-May-13 20:49:29

Chemistry does same very difficult. As someone mentioned earlier, my daughter also has difficulty in exams, She seems to be doing well in the classwork/homework. She did want to do medicine, but is beginning to realise that her Chem isn't quite good enough. Doing well in biology, got an A in the Jan module. She is thinking of Law or History. We have got a few open days booked, including Liverpool, whose requirements for Law seem slightly lower, an A and two B's.

Theas18 Thu 02-May-13 10:18:20

hanginginthere1

Good luck to your DD with her chemistry. Is guess if she's finding A level really challenging ( even though it's a bloody difficult subject anyway) then maybe re visit her choices is the best way forward. Is dropping chemistry after AS and continuing with the other 3 subjects a consideration to get the results profile she needs for her alternative choices?

Also re history- have a good look at the courses offered. Straight " history" is really competitive and generally AAA but other variations on history are around and may have a course that interests her more and lower entry requirements simply because they are less well known and popular IYSWIM

hanginginthere1 Thu 02-May-13 19:16:40

Thanks.
I think that she will be dropping chemistry after AS, and will concentrate on the others, esp History.
She is undecided on whether to do straight History, and then convert to law, or just to go for Law from scratch.
She has also got an A in general studies, and is discovering that some unis take this in to consideration.

glaurung Thu 02-May-13 19:58:22

dd went to sign some forms for her apprenticeship today. She only has 5 days of school left before exam leave and won't be going back after exams. No sign of revision yet and there probably won't be too much either as her offer doesn't depend on AS results. I tried to gently suggest she should ask to defer a year today, but she wasn't having it. Is it a big mistake? Are A levels really the 'gold standard'? Will BTECs/NVQs and the like be further devalued by Gove, or are they actually OK qualifications?

mummytime Thu 02-May-13 22:02:28

Plenty of Universities take BTec (even Durham). The Universities don't really like Mr Gove, so I think will ignore him.

glaurung Thu 02-May-13 22:40:34

Thank you mummytime - I am just having a bit of a wobble, but there's nothing I can realistically do in any case. I don't think anyone actually likes Mr Gove! (I do think universities prefer A levels though).

BackforGood Thu 02-May-13 23:42:22

ds and I have been looking at lots of University sites and course details, this evening, to get some open days in the diary. It's quite worrying how many of them demand AAB for everything.
Where to ordinary mortals go these days ? confused

bruffin Fri 03-May-13 08:39:32

DS was thinking the same Backforgood DS is capable of the As and has a couple in the bag from his january exam, but what if the next few weeks go wrong. DS seems to think you have to start looking that the unis that are asking for UCAS points

mummytime Fri 03-May-13 09:08:59

Glaurung - Universities may prefer A'levels, but most will look favourably on BTec etc. If they are of a high enough grade, and are in a relevant subject. Which is the real issue often as A'levels are more flexible. But you can always add an A'level later.
There is a Professor at Harvard who left school at 14/15, and got to Harvard via community college.

My DS will be a sixth form drop out too. And unlike your DD is less sure where he is going next.

Theas18 Fri 03-May-13 10:02:51

Gulp.... submitting/recording composition today.... after getting in at 10.30 from the school senior concert as well! He was up till very late "polishing" and finish his commentary on it. He'll be knackered!

glaurung Fri 03-May-13 10:29:21

backforgood, bruffin last year many universities took people with lower grades on results day (quite a bit lower in some cases), so don't be too daunted. They seem to advertise what they would ideally like in the prospectuses, but then take what they can get (which in many cases is a fair bit lower, even for very good courses like Warwick engineering). Also, although it's better if the AS results mirror the predictions and offer requirements, it's not the end of the world if they fall down a grade here and there either - universities know that final results may be better, worse or the same as the AS results.

mummytime, sorry to hear that - school definitely doesn't suit everyone, hopefully they will all find their paths eventually.

BackforGood Fri 03-May-13 12:50:48

Thanks Glaurung smile

mummytime Fri 03-May-13 13:05:53

Glaurung - it's okay we had a very frank meeting with the head of year 12, we have a plan of action, he has applied for one course although he doesn't have much enthusiasm for it yet. We are also going to get him to do some work after exams (not totally impossible in this area, even though it will be pretty crappy and low wage), so he has a chance to grow up.

My one relief is, if he had to have a crisis at least we're not paying £9000 for it.

BackforGood Sat 04-May-13 12:45:04

I've been having a play around on a site someone on here recommended a while back push.co.uk
I've found it really helpful in narrowing down the massive choice of universities and courses to look at, as you can narrow the choice by all sorts of criteria, unlike on the UCAS website. Obviously by course you want to do, but also by geography, by things like wanting a University in a City or not, by how important cost of accommodation is to you (I think it even gives you the average price of a pint wink), it gives you %s of dropout rate, %s of unemployed 6 months after graduating, but, most importantly (for us) you can filter by likely grades, or likely UCAS point score (and it works that out for you) so you don't waste hours filtering through universities that only offer AAB.

Just thought it might be useful if people don't know about it smile

Isthiscorrect Sat 04-May-13 14:53:24

With exams just over a week away, how much revision is your dc doing at the moment, esp on the weekend?

cardibach Sat 04-May-13 15:17:00

Mine is not doing much this weekend, Isthis, as she is in a show. She is doing at least an hour a night normally, though, and more on weekends. I hope it is enough.

Thanks for that BackforGood it looks interesting.
Here is one we have used, you can rank by subject, graduate prospects entry requirements etc.

DS is having a couple of days off, which he needs, he looks worn out. He has been doing 2 or 3 practice papers a day, mainly Maths because he wants to get 90% +. He is very driven, it's not my idea. Two of his Maths exams are actally A level papers because they do Maths and FM sequentially. Core 3 and Core 4.
They did the January Core 4 as a mock in college on Friday and he had high hopes as he's been hitting 90% on the practice ones. Apparently it was a stinker and many of his class left in tears half way through. He says he answered them all but it has demoralised him.

BackforGood Sat 04-May-13 16:37:36

Thanks scwirrels
IsThisCorrect ds isn't doing any this weekend, as he's helping on a Scout camp - bit of fresh air and sunshine will do him the world of good, I reckon. That said and I never thought I'd hear myself say this he has been doing hours every evening.

mummytime Sat 04-May-13 22:06:00

The drop out rate may become more crucial. I have been reading a book on the state of Higher Education in the US, some,colleges have fewer than 30% graduating within 6 years.

Isthiscorrect Sun 05-May-13 03:27:48

Oh I agree scwirrls, the vast majority of our 6th formers look exhausted. It seem ridiculous and so very different to when I took mine a hundred years ago. DS has been working over the weekend for maybe 6 hours a day, my worried side wants to say, do more but my sensible side says, well if you feel you've done enough (gulp).
He did go sailing on Thursday afternoon which was lovely for fresh air and a complete change, and I did encourage him to go.
Thanks for the links I had heard of Push but forgotten all about it, and the other one is new to me. Deffo agree retention/ graduation rates are a key factor.

Isthiscorrect Sun 05-May-13 03:36:23

Sorry Cardibach, forgot to ask how did the show go? Ours was last week and it was fab. Ds was helping but behind the scenes thank goodness. Parents who think drama, music and art are easy options know nothing! I felt so much for all those students who spend so much time but gosh it was worth it (IMHO) not sure how the parents would feel.

Sqwirrls shock at a paper making them cry, your poor ds and his friends, how awful for them.

cardibach Mon 06-May-13 18:00:08

The show was really good, Isthis, but it has meant she hasn't done much work at all this weekend - she did some practice papers yesterday but is too tired and emotional today after the last night and then a party (here - I had over excited teenagers staying over, so I am a bit knackered myself). I hope she can catch up. the papers she did were good though.
How can you possibly wonder whether 6 hours a day is enough? I would have thought any more than that would be counter productive - the brain does need rest. Hope he can get his confidence back after that difficult paper.

Isthiscorrect Wed 08-May-13 03:42:58

Gulp it's really here. First exam in less than a week. Chin up everyone.
Theas does your son have a student rail card? It makes a huge difference to the cost. Ds got his free with a bank account (not sure which bank, maybe nat west?) but it has been really worth it, something like 30% or more of the cost. Iif he had paid it would have covered its cost on the first trip.
And yes cardi 6 hours a day is probably more than adequate grin blush

bruffin Wed 08-May-13 22:33:32

I think if you get a UCAS or Student card you get a discount as well.

I said above ds had a wobbly bit earlier this year. Teachervsaid he was heading for Us. This was before he got his jan result.
However got a lovely email from his teacher who said she was really pleased with him and now thinks he will do well.
He has 35 past papers and is now getting really good marks. He finds Core2 easier than Core 1 strange boy.

Isthiscorrect Thu 09-May-13 03:52:05

Well done to your ds Bruffin, you and he must both be pleased. shock at 35 past papers. He obviously has every intention of doing well if he has that many to practice with. Good luck to him. I see the maths student swirling together in the library and I have no idea what they are talking about blush but then maths was never my forte.

cardibach Thu 09-May-13 21:58:25

DD has had a run of good grades on past papers until one yesterday when she did two and got Us on both sad <worries>
I hope it was just a blip. She is working hard, so should be OK. She gave blood for the first time today, so I am even more proud than usual.

bruffin Thu 09-May-13 22:29:13

She had a good excuse then grin you are right to be proud.
DS has been fast asleep i our bed since 7.30. He went up to chat to DH who was in hospital today (he is ok). Dh came down for his tea and said ds was playing a game on his ipod. Went up to talk to hom a few minutes later and found ds fast asleep . Left him as he obviously needs it.

Are other DCs doing mocks? DS has been having mocks in every subject. He's had Chemistry and decision this week, Stats today and core 4 last week. Next week core 3, physics and biology and probably more but I forget.
The good news is that he did really well in the horrible paper they did last week so his confidence has bounced back.
He is fast running out of past maths papers and has been doing at least two a day. He has a flow chart of progress grin.
Well done cardiback DD for giving blood, quite unusual in a teenager I would guess? What prompted that? DS is so pale and tired looking I think they would give him some rather than take it.

monikar Fri 10-May-13 17:27:15

Yes, my DD has been doing mocks in every subject too. Maths mechanics, Chemistry and Physics last week and Biology this week. She has had mocks on and off throughout year 12 (the first one in November), rather than a formal 'mock week' which some schools favour. It seems rather late in the school year to schedule these mocks, as her first two AS exams are on Monday - core 1 and mechanics.

Yes DS has had "mocks" throughout the year. I agree it seems a bit late now if they don't do well in the mock there is hardly time to remedy it so I'm not sure what is achieved? Revision perhaps? He has done well in them all so far so I suppose it's been a morale booster if nothing else.
He has the real Statistics paper next week as well as mocks in other subjects.

monikar Fri 10-May-13 20:54:58

Yes, I'm not sure what is achieved by these late mocks either, only that it does make them revise, and as you say, gives them confidence if they do well. However, DD gets frustrated as she wants to concentrate her revision on the more imminent exams occurring in the next couple of weeks, whereas the Biology mock this week was for unit 2, which is not until after half term.

cardibach Fri 10-May-13 21:49:12

secret she has accompanied me when I have given blood for years, and always said she would when she was old enough. Et voila!
I take it as a goodcomment on my parenting (well I would, wouldn't I? smile ) but also on her good nature. She is a lovely, caring girl and want to work with people with disabilities. I get all choked up thinking about her sometimes and my heart seems too big! <great big softie>
She's at her Dad's this weekend. Hope she gets some work done...

Exams starting this week everyone?
DS has PC2 today and Statistics on Friday. Plus several mocks.

Good luck to them all.

bruffin Mon 13-May-13 11:33:07

Philosophy and core1 today
Core2 and decision2 on friday

Isthiscorrect Mon 13-May-13 11:41:35

Economics today, really really hard apparently :-( History tomorrow, philosophy and gov & pol on Friday.

BlueStringPudding Mon 13-May-13 12:30:24

DD had Economics today, she's predicted an A, but came home saying it was awful :-(

BlueStringPudding Has she done okay in practice papers? If it's a really tough paper the grade boundaries may be lower.

Isthiscorrect Mon 13-May-13 14:51:59

Yy bluestring. Ds is/was predicted an A but said it was awful. Then he said still its only half the marks as there is another paper, trying hard to keep his spirits up.

bruffin Mon 13-May-13 16:27:30

DS really pleased about core 1, seems to have the same answers as the others. Said philosophy was ok, but i know he didnt put the effort that he has put into maths.
He has forgotten his key so he is locked out until we get home from work.

BlueStringPudding Mon 13-May-13 18:06:56

Yes, she had done well in the practice papers - I think she got 97% when she did the one set in January (although not for real unfortunately). Of the 2 it was the one she was more confident for - so we'll have to see how she gets on with the second paper.

secretswirrels - am hoping the grade boundaries will be lower.

prettydaisies Mon 13-May-13 18:58:09

Core 1 done here. DD seemed very pleased. Geography now tomorrow.
If the paper is really hard and everyone struggles, then the UMS points get adjusted I think.

Cerisier Mon 13-May-13 23:50:17

DD said C1 was ok but the last couple of questions were tricky. Economics was awful, she didn't have enough time. it is Geography today- but the exam is at 7.30pm due to the time difference. At least she gets the day to revise.

Isthiscorrect Tue 14-May-13 05:18:00

Student room is awash with disasters for economics, running out of time, unsure about multiple choice etc. Hopefully the grade boundaries will be lower and the exam on Friday will be easier.

BlueStringPudding Tue 14-May-13 15:02:53

yes DD ran out of time on Economics, and she mentioned multiple choice being hard too.

She is in Geography currently, am hoping that's going ok.

Have DD2 with GCSEs today as well - 2 x Biology papers - you can imagine what our house is like at the moment!

Cerisier Tue 14-May-13 17:27:37

Bluestring I hope geography went well for your DD. My DD said it was ok but the cold environments question was not nice.

We have two days off now before Maths and Econ on Friday.

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BlueStringPudding Tue 14-May-13 18:23:17

Yes Geography went ok she thinks. She got a question on 'China's one child policy' that she was hoping might come up. Otherwise she said it was harder than she was expecting but not too bad.

DD2's Biology GCSE papers were also 'ok' which is good.

Next for DD1 is Economics on Friday, she's not doing Maths so just the one to focus on for the next few days...

prettydaisies Tue 14-May-13 20:14:48

DD did that geography paper too and was pleased with the China question. Geography's what she'd like to do at University so really hoping it went well.
Maths and English now on Friday.

margot1962 Wed 15-May-13 01:21:37

University is not for everyone, as it's a different style of learning. Make sure they are able to cope with that style of living and learning, before they go for it. They need to understand that they won't, or shouldn't. have a personal tutor at uni , so they have to get down to independent study now and understand what their goal is! I have two girls at top universities now. They are very focused, work hard. They are independent girls, from a comprehensive school, mixing with other students at uni, from an increasingly privileged background...

Isthiscorrect Wed 15-May-13 04:55:20

Ds did history yesterday, said it went much better than economics. He got the question he wanted. Focus now is on philosophy and economics on Friday. I hate days where they get two different exams, it seems you hardly get time for a brain rest and it's all go again.
Margot ds is very sure what he wants to do and how he is going to achieve it. He has a 1 yr, 2 yr, 5 yr plan! I'm sure I don't know how he got to be like that. But he is driven and he will get there of that I have no doubt.
Blue string Eeeekkkkk at 2 lots of exams at the same time.
Notfluffy fingers crossed you find somewhere for work experience. What does the admissions tutor say about the experience dd has already?

cardibach Wed 15-May-13 21:16:08

DD did a past Bio paper today and got a B! This is a breakthrough as she finds exam questions really tough despite understanding and knowing the work thoroughly. The real thing is on Tuesday, so fingers crossed.

bruffin Fri 17-May-13 08:20:58

That was good Cardibach, good luck to her on Tuesday and every one else who has exams today.

Today DS has Core2 and Decision maths and my DD is doing Citizenship gcse.

DS1 has Statistics AS module today and Decision next Friday. He revises by doing past papers and is doing 3 most days. He loves exams and will be deflated when it's all over, unlike DS2 who has a dreaded 2 hour English Controlled assessment today and hates exams or tests of any kind.
They look like two peas in a pod but they are so different.

Cerisier Fri 17-May-13 12:57:19

DD had S1 today and is now off to do economics 2. S1 was difficult but she seems quite upbeat about the economics.

Edexcel are using different maths papers for our school this year, the R set for schools more than 5 hours ahead of the UK. Unfortunately they seem really hard to everyone. The students have found C1, M1, D1 and S1 all unusually tricky and are now worried about the rest of the papers.

BlueStringPudding Fri 17-May-13 14:49:36

DD sitting Economics 2 today, and went off in a good mood - she'd checked the unofficial mark scheme for the Economics 1 paper, and reckoned she'd done quite well in the multiple choice after all.

Some of her friends have 4 papers scheduled today, and I think are having to overnight at College and take one paper tomorrow morning - can't remember which ones she said they were, but I think they were Economics, Maths, Politics and English Lit?

What a nightmare - so glad she's not in that situation, and really feel for those that are!

bruffin Fri 17-May-13 15:02:37

Ds found D2 (ocr) difficult today but he was really pleased with the Core2.

seeker Fri 17-May-13 15:04:28

Anyone else's doing English this afternoon?

Ds said the Stats paper was a tough one but it "went well".
BlueString shock shock at overnight in college. Do you live on a Scottish Island perhaps?

BlueStringPudding Fri 17-May-13 15:16:18

No in Surrey! but they have to be kept in supervised isolation and away from the internet/phone calls etc, as the exam is supposed to be sat today, but because it clashes with their others they can't.

Just had a text from DD who has just finished Economics 2 and apparently "it was really good!!" so that's a relief..

bruffin Fri 17-May-13 15:18:05

4 completely different ones in a day sounds a nightmareshock

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prettydaisies Fri 17-May-13 18:04:05

DD has done core 2 today - she was pleased with that, and then this afternoon English lit. She was glad there was a choice for the Frankenstein question as one of them she thought was awful, but didn't mind the other.
Some people at her school have had clashes today, but they did the extra exam yesterday and have then be kept away from all and sundry!

BackforGood Fri 17-May-13 23:15:08

Hi Seeker ds did English this afternoon. He thinks it didn't go well. He said "he froze".... not really what I'd hoped to hear... that's not the subject he was wanting to drop sad

BackforGood Fri 17-May-13 23:16:16

I don't know if I am supposed to be pleased others thought the English wasn't great - in the hope that it was a difficult paper and not just him freaking out - or just sad for all our dc.

seeker Fri 17-May-13 23:43:27

Did he do Brighton Rock and Clockwork Orange and poetry? Dd said she thought the unseen was very hard because it was such a dull poem!

Isthiscorrect Sat 18-May-13 04:59:30

Ds did economics yesterday and said it was 'good'. Followed by philosophy which was excellent. So fingers crossed better than before.
Bluestring good news for your dd with the economics. One of d's friends wants to be an economist and he found the first paper hard!

themottledcat Sun 19-May-13 08:45:02

DS did English too and found it hard. Said everyone found it hard which is reassuring, not just him!! Didn't do same texts as others posting on here though.

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prettydaisies Sun 19-May-13 12:05:39

I hope everything's ok with her notfluffy.
DD's poetry was Yeats, but was ok I think.
Physics and geography skills this week for DD.

BackforGood Sun 19-May-13 18:59:49

Sorry Seeker - missed your question. No, my ds did Great Gatsby and Cloud 9 (is it?). Maybe the same as themottledcat's dd ?? He's also been doing The Taming of the Shrew but said that wasn't for this exam, but for coursework I think.

themottledcat Sun 19-May-13 19:12:23

BackforGood, yes DS did the Great Gatsby and Shakespeare for his coursework. Even the hardworking girls found it challenging! It is his best subject and was is on course for an A. I have two older DCs, so have been through endless exams so I do know that it's better if everyone finds it hard....smile

BackforGood Sun 19-May-13 19:24:27

Oh - perhaps I can take comfort from that then. It wasn't the one ds was hoping to drop! Thanks Mottled

cardibach Sun 19-May-13 21:45:22

DD has had a crap day today. It started well with an A on a past Bio paper, then she did both a Bio and Chem paper and got Us on both sad How is that even possible? Then she stubbed her toe really badly. She has spent most of the day in tears. I just want to cry with her. She is working so hard and can't take much more. Neither can I. And we though GCSEs were stressful...

Isthiscorrect Mon 20-May-13 03:32:49

Oh cardibach and dd, how awful. I hope her toe feels better today. Could she go through the past papers with her tutor? Our tutors still go to the lesson in case students turn up. Ds goes in everyday but doesn't always need help but he likes the feeling there is always someone to ask. It maybe that she is working so hard she needs a bit of a break, a good few hours off doing something completely unrelated. Last Friday ds had 2 exams and come home to just veg with a takeaway and watch a movie and not do any revision at all. He slept in the next morning till he woke and then started back on the all day everyday routine. He certainly looks better more of a spring in his step. This might be the time for dd to just take a short break and feel better. After sorting the past papers of course. Good luck.

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legallady Mon 20-May-13 09:48:40

Anyone else's DC being subjected to critical thinking today? It's compulsory for DD (much to hers and most of her friends' disgust) and I don't think she's done more than a couple of hours work in preparation for it. hmm

I really hope universities ignore it completely when making offers as she is predicted an E in it ...........

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legallady all the courses DS1 has looked at exclude Critical Thinking. He was conned into signed up for it at the start of 6th form but dropped out within a couple of weeks as he decided his efforts were better spent on Maths. He is not good at essays.
DS2 is looking at a 6th form where it is compulsory, I think it might be a deal breaker.

BeckAndCall Mon 20-May-13 10:51:03

legallady my DD is doing CT this morning and ws not looking forward to it - no real way to revise for it.

But I understand that they can choose not to certificate it if they don't like the result - so its like pretending it never happened.

As a subject, I think both my girls have found the subject valuable, tbh. Is helped their thinking and their approach to their arguments. And one is all sceiecnes and the other all social sciences. But it must depend on the quality of teaching, I guess.

legallady Mon 20-May-13 11:37:04

Ooh, I like the idea of not having to put it on your certificate wink

Interestingly, DD has just texted me to ask me to transfer money onto her food account. Absolutely no mention of the exam. Obviously went well then hmm

BackforGood Mon 20-May-13 12:44:39

ds has had General Studies this morning. They all do it (ordinary State comp). I didn't realise it was quite unusual until recently.

glaurung Mon 20-May-13 14:24:06

DD did compulsory CT this morning too. She doesn't like writing much and would have preferred not to do it, but has enjoyed the course at least.

It is useful in as much as it boosts UMS scores which universities like (for their league table stats) even if they don't count it for offers. This allegedly makes it a little more likely dc will be accepted if they miss an offer grade in their proper subjects if they also have done CT/GS.

Also in a few weird cases it helps, like Barts medicine where applicants are ranked on projected final UMS scores and bizzarely just 3 full A levels and one AS at full points isn't usually enough (so applicants from schools who have insisted it's taken have an advantage over those that aren't), or Southhampton who will count either CT or GS towards their scholarship offers (eg 5As needed for full tuition fees discount for maths), but such cases are rare.

prettydaisies Mon 20-May-13 14:43:39

That's quite interesting to read. DD's school offer neither General Studies nor Critical Thinking. I guess they don't see it as a disadvantage though.

I guess her physics must be over now. Anyone else doing physics today?

Cerisier Mon 20-May-13 15:47:43

DD's school doesn't do GS or CT but they all have to do an Extended Project.

Cardibach I hope DD is having a better day today.

No exams today but biology and geography tomorrow.

bruffin Mon 20-May-13 16:56:03

DSs school only do Extended Project, although DS is taking and engineering course instead. DS hasnt got physics for quite a while yet. He doesnt have any more exams until June.

glaurung Mon 20-May-13 18:14:05

Yes dd did physics this afternoon too. It seems to have gone 'alright' which is good considering she didn't manage to finish the paper in Jan (it was a resit).

Isthiscorrect Mon 20-May-13 19:03:35

Ds school doesn't offer critical thinking or general studies. It doesn't appear to have been a drawback. Some students take 5 AS levels, but only in the maths, further maths,,statistics, mechanics area. Otherwise it's 4 and again a few students continue 4 into A2.
Also extended qualification is pushed heavily, ideal for non essay writers but just more essays for ds. Still he used his epq for a competition essay, so two for the price of one virtually. Results from the comp due in the summer.

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cardibach Mon 20-May-13 19:57:41

Thanks for all the support for my DD! She seems happier today. She had 4 lessons of Biology revision today and came out of it feeling positive. She has a Biology exam tomorrow so is having a relaxing evening having just read over her revision cards. When she calmed down a bit she says she thinks she did so badly yesterday because she was making silly mistakes and not thinking properly.
Hopefully she will be alright tomorrow in the actual exam. Then it's Chemistry on Thursday (a paper she really struggles with and is resitting) then a break until after half term - although she has several things to do at the Urdd National Eisteddfod next week.

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prettydaisies Mon 20-May-13 20:54:30

DD was fairly happy with physics, although she thought it was quite tricky. She did wonder if she would finish, but speeded up as she went along. Today was the first time she ended up in the exam hall with her brother who's doing GCSEs. She's now revising for geography for tomorrow.
She's also just realised that some of her friends have finished and now have over 2 weeks off. They get another week of study leave after half term.
Her exams go on to June 18th!
Hope the DCs get a good night's sleep.

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Isthiscorrect Wed 22-May-13 04:01:02

Ds has turned a little bit stressy. Last night he was up revising til midnight! He has history this afternoon and gov & pol tomorrow morning then it's all over, just the long wait til August. He is just cramming those last essay questions from past papers.
Our students seemed okay ish when they came out last night, no weeping and wailing as has been on previous occasions but I don't think they do wjec science subjects (not sure as ds doesn't do science).

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legallady Wed 22-May-13 13:30:52

Anyone's DC do psychology this morning?

DD wasn't happy. Said it was very different to the past papers she'd seen. Fingers crossed it went better than she thinks it did hmm

Isthiscorrect Hope it went well. How great to have half term free of revising smile. I used to like to go away summer half term but last year it was GCSEs, this year it's AS and then next year A levels plus DS2 starts GCSEs.

This week DS has Decision Maths on Friday then after half term Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Core 3 and Core 4 Maths.

BackforGood Wed 22-May-13 17:11:21

ds finishes tomorrow, so he's got 1/2 term, then another week (while others are still taking exams) before he has to go back to school.

cardibach Wed 22-May-13 18:01:34

notfluffy DD said exactly the same about the WJEC Bio paper! Hopefully it will lead to low grade boundaries. She mostly got Bs on past papers she did, so it will be a shame if she does worse due to a weird paper. She has Chem tomorrow and is resigned to not doing well as she just can't seem to grasp it. She says she is better at the stuff on the next paper (after half term).

Isthiscorrect Thu 23-May-13 03:32:52

Oh my gosh. I don't know how it happened but today is ds last exam! He was up till midnight again last night revising for this morning. It feels like its been a long haul. I can't imagine being in this state of tension thru until mid June like some students.
Good luck all dc (and parents of course) see you in August, his self doubt has already started :-(

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BeckAndCall Thu 23-May-13 06:31:12

Good morning all AS chemistry parents! My DD had her first moment of real panic here last night and is convinced she knows nothing. I hope by 11am she knows that's not true.......

Isthiscorrect Thu 23-May-13 13:57:11

Fuck fuck fuckity fuck. Ds had his last exam today, gov&pol, he got a high A for this in January. Today the G&P students were taking the exam in the media studies room with the PE students. The exam timings were written on a board with both exam times divided by a line. From where ds was sat he couldn't really see. When the exam started he looked at the finish time in the wrong column and then planned all his timings based on the wrong time. So for his 40 mark question he didn't anywhere nearly finish. Invigilator said 2 mins and he was expecting 20 mins. He is distraught. His plans for Cambridge are now scuppered, he won't get the 95 plus UMS needed, even if he has enough marks from the last paper and the other questions to get a high B. He is inconsolable and I can't help him. He knows it's his fault, I think it's my fault, I should have bought him a watch. It's all just so heartbreaking for him. Such a stupid mistake and if he has done badly the school might not let him continue next year, although I think his class work, homework and January module will indicate this was a one off mistake. I feel so helpless :-(

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Isthiscorrect Thu 23-May-13 14:23:22

Oh notfluffy, thank you for kind words they are very much needed. He is a straight A student by dint of exceptionally hard work. He is passionate about all his subjects. His tutor told him he thinks it won't be too bad, his January paper was an A, his other May paper he is expecting top marks, and I guess if he gets good marks on the questions he did answer it might not be too bad. But crikey it's going to be an awfully long wait till August. The school will certainly predict A/A* for next year. He got a practice paper back this morning with 98/100. His UMS in Jan were 96 and 98. So he certainly has the knowledge, he just can't believe it's all gone wrong. It's hard for me to hold it together for him when I want to bawl my eyes out. Just giving him lots of positives, it's good I can give him yours as well so it isn't just me making something up.

Isthiscorrect I hope it's not as bad as he paints it, if he actually answered all the questions and filled the allotted time he's probably done better than he thinks.
Also if he is getting almost 100 UMS on his other papers a retake wouldn't be frowned at even by Cambridge.
It's very hard watching them though isn't it, this feels to me like the first stage where I genuinely can't help him other than offering extra TLC. .

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BeckAndCall Thu 23-May-13 18:13:59

isthiscorrect I really feel for you. My DD is going over all her papers so far in fine details to make sure she thinks she's got over 90 UMS in everything.

Her Oxbridge coordinator has indicated that 90 UMS average will be good enough to apply for Cambridge: so your son should be heartened. Although, my sons school worked on the 95 average as a rule of thumb - that said, they let my son apply to Oxford with an average nearer 90 and he did get interviewed (although you don't declare UMS for Oxford)

And Cambridge interview a higher proportion of all candidates than Oxford, so all is not lost for him. And it's an average, so his other subjects will be important too.

But a long wait til August,as you say.

BeckAndCall Thu 23-May-13 18:18:19

And, still trying to make you feel better, if he only lost 20 mins, it's quite likely he'd Already spent 20 mins on that question so Although he won't have done brilliantly on it, he's likely to have got over half marks as the first marks are always the easiest to come by in an essay. So he may have dropped 15 out of the 40 marks.

And the grade boundary might be only 80!

So all is not lost....

Isthiscorrect Fri 24-May-13 03:41:13

Oh gosh, all your positive comments have sent me over the edge and I am blubbing. I think it's all been a bit much and being so it will be ok yesterday for DS has taken its toll. Fortunately it's 6.30 in the morning and no one else is up to see me (it's the weekend here).
When he shows he is more resigned I shall delve a bit deeper into how much he did for the last question, I think you are right he should have completed 20 mins and got a good few marks.
Positive thinking and I shall speak to his tutor on Sunday to see what he thinks.
A gap year wouldn't be the end of the world, it's something he is already considering, working on the general election campaign.
Thanks again everyone, and good luck to your DC in their exams.

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cardibach Fri 24-May-13 08:24:29

Thanks for the positive thoughts for Dd's Chem! Apparently it went really well - all things being relative grin hope it went well for others too. nothing til after half term, but lots of involvement in Urdd National Eisteddfod so organisation will be key.

BlueStringPudding Fri 24-May-13 11:51:00

Yes DD did Chemistry Edexcel on Thurs too. She also did the Jan paper, which was generally agreed to be very hard. She was 1 mark off an A, so resat hoping for a better result. Her feedback was that it went ok, a couple of odd questions that she was fortunately able to answer, but no real feeling as to whether she'll have done better than last time. I think they're trying to make the papers harder, possibly to set expectations for future candidates.

BeckAndCall Sat 25-May-13 08:13:10

Anyone else had aDC take Maths C2 yesterday? Apparently it was horrible.......

zamantha Sat 25-May-13 08:18:19

only just found this thread. We're half way through. As are hard - it is a big jump

cardibach Sat 25-May-13 09:08:57

Hi zamantha. They are indeed hard! How is your DC doing?

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Decision Maths paper went really well yesterday,it's an A2 paper. Because of the way they do Maths and Further Maths they essentially do the Maths A level in Year 12 and the FM in Y13. He did core 1 and core 2 in January and after the holidays he has Core 3 and Core 4, plus the 3 sciences.

notfluffy I think a lot of universities prefer to rely on actual AS results rather than teacher predictions which can be either over cautious or optimistic. If your DD does well she will have firm evidence of her ability to put on her application.

DS seems to be planning to hole up in his room for the week with practice papers but I am going to bribe persuade him to get out a bit.

Have a good week everyone.

cardibach Sat 25-May-13 15:33:40

Two more here, too, notfluffy - Chemistry and Biology. DD concentrated really hard on the first two papers as they were resits and now feels unprepared for these. Thankfully she got an A for her English Lang and Lit paper in January, so no need to resit that.
A2 should be a bundle of laughs hmm
First University Open Day on the 8th! (UWE Bristol - anyone going?)

Bristol was on DSs list but it's a very long way and the open day clashed with something else.
DS has a few coach trips to open days booked through college but not until mid June.

I can see we will all need a UCAS thread in September smile

prettydaisies Mon 27-May-13 10:21:45

Secretsquirrels DD's maths is like that too, but she has mechanics after half term as well as core 3 and 4. She also has 1 physics paper left.

bruffin Mon 27-May-13 11:23:46

Ds maths seems to be diffetent
He did decision and mechanics in january. Did core 1 and 2 and decision 2 in May and has pure maths and mechanics resit after half term. Also has physics left.

I guess they must be different boards? Ours is AQA. Some do AS Further Maths alongside AS Maths and then A levels in each in Y13.
He did C1 and C2 and mechanics in January. He has done Statistics and Decision this time with C3 and C4 to go.
prettydaisies how is your DDs revision going for C3 and C4?

bruffin Mon 27-May-13 13:50:55

Ds is OCR

prettydaisies Tue 28-May-13 10:16:49

DD is OCR as well, but I think schools organise things differently. At her school you complete A Level maths in Y12 and then do Further Maths in Y13.
She did statistics back in January, but then does Core 1,2,3 and 4 now. The other applied module they taught this year was mechanics so she's doing that as well.
Core 3 is going well - she thinks she is just about there. Core 4 to tackle next.
How are your DC getting on?

Just Core 3 and 4 to go in Maths. Core three is first and he seems to be getting consistently good marks on the past papers. Then Core 4 on the 10th I think. He did very week on the mock last week so fingers crossed.
I'm not sure why it's done this way but at least they do have a firm A level result for the UCAS application, then further maths in Year 13.
Biology, Chemistry, Physics and C3 on consecutive days next week. He's dropping Biology at A2.

zamantha Tue 28-May-13 11:43:20

AS is such a jump. We have a uni grad. tutor here today - found on web, for Physics. Just was not doing well on practise test papers and lost his text book on last day of term!! All going well - he'll be here every day this week for electrons, waves etc - will let you know how it went.

For us money worth paying if it helps - we are not loaded by any means but without jan resits - too much could rest on next summer.

Have to say methinks it may take my son 3 years to get the A and B grades needed these days.

cardibach Fri 31-May-13 22:56:20

Nobody else going to UWE Open Day? sad
Oh well, we will have to be loners...

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WorrySighWorrySigh Sat 01-Jun-13 13:39:59

DD is visiting UEA on the 21st and Warwick on the 22nd. She is wanting to study Biochemistry with a year abroad. On paper these are the courses she really, really wants. I hope they live up to their billing!

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cardibach Sat 01-Jun-13 14:12:51

HAving to be really tough to get DD to revise Chemistry at all. Despite a good CH1 before half term she has given up on CH2, saying she is going to fail it anyway (she may be right) so she wants to focus on Biology which she wants to get a high grade in. It is really hard to deal with this and I'm not sure what the long term resolution can be. Anyone else in a similar position with a subject that just does not compute?

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WorrySighWorrySigh Sat 01-Jun-13 17:17:58

Despite having done really well at GCSE and absolutely loving the subject DD has struggled with Chemistry at AS. The big thing she has struggled with is the correct use of vocabulary.

Now that she has realised this is the problem she is addressing this specifically.

Is this the problem for your DD notfluffy ?

It is the problem that the precise use of language isnt needed for good grades at GCSE and if the school doesnt teach to A level they dont seem to be aware or care about that problem.

Isthiscorrect Sat 01-Jun-13 17:25:01

Slight hijack. Has anyone's dc entered for the R A Butler prize at Trinity college? Just wondering how many students enter for it.

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BeckAndCall Sun 02-Jun-13 10:50:04

cardibach my DD is similarly finding revision for chemistry really hard. First paper was fine. Practical was good. But this section of chemistry she things she just doesn't get so easily. She's been working really hard on biology for tomorrow so it's not an overall malaise, it's just related to this chemistry.

But she did make herself spend practically the whole day on it yesterday and felt much better after that - so there is a point at which it falls into place - so hers hoping the same for your DD...

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I will be so glad when this is over.
A year ago when he was doing GCSEs he did alarmingly little revision. His answer was always " I've got it in hand".
Fast forward to now and he is working so hard I'm constantly trying to coax him out. He's left the house just twice in this week's holiday. Other than that he's been dong 3 or 4 past papers a day. He is only dropping the odd mark on each one so it's clearly working. Now he just need to get them done.
First up Biology, he's dropping that for A2 so he'll have a bit more time for the others.

monikar Sun 02-Jun-13 21:14:45

cardibach My DD has found chemistry really hard all year at AS, despite getting A* at GCSE and loving it then. She has spent ages on it during study leave and has straightened out the vocabulary but is still not all that happy with it. She has also focussed on Biology as she feels she can do better in that. She has the second papers for all 3 sciences this week, starting with the Biology tomorrow.

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BeckAndCall Mon 03-Jun-13 11:09:51

Cricket notfulffy that was close!

Luckily, for us, DD can only get there if I take her to the train station so I've had her dates in my diary for months ( and have obsessively checked and rechecked them a hundred times!)

<looks at clock. Notes that 1hr 45 mins is now over....>

Biology this morning here. Had a text with a smiley face so I guess it went well.

monikar Mon 03-Jun-13 12:43:34

secretscwirrels Was it OCR? DD had biology this morning and has just arrived home, happy that it went well. She had done loads for it, as it her strongest of the 3 sciences, so I was hopeful for her. Just relieved it's over. Worried about the chemistry tomorrow though.

No it was AQA but OCR chemistry tomorrow.

monikar Mon 03-Jun-13 13:55:49

Oh ok, DD has OCR chemistry tomorrow too. She has found it hard all year but has done all the practice papers she can find a couple of times each. Doing past papers seems to have paid off with other exams so far, so I am hoping it will be ok, she is not looking forward to it at all.

cardibach Mon 03-Jun-13 14:13:31

Thanks for all the suggestions about DD's Chemistry. It is a really serious issue, when I say she isn't doing well I mean she is struggling to get a grade, not just getting a lower grade then she wants. It isn't vocab as WJEC are tough on that at GCSE too. She is going to continue into A2 course fr now to see what her result is and enquire whether her preferred universities accept Welsh Bacc. If they do there is no problem and he can drop it. Alternatively I think she will look at doing a whole A level in one year or some sort if intensive coaching in Chem if her result is not as bad as she fears. It's an odd one as she was very high performing at GCSE across the board and is working harder now than she was then... Wh would be a parent?smile

cardibach she was very high performing at GCSE across the board and is working harder now than she was then.. . I think they all are.
After seeing the work and results so far in DSs cohort and reading this thread it's clear that A levels are such a giant leap up from GCSE. Did anyone warn our DCs? I don't remember anyone saying to me or DS that A*s at GCSE would mean nothing at sixth form. Yet that seems to be the case.

monikar Mon 03-Jun-13 15:17:20

I agree, it is the case - DD got all A*/A at GCSE with comparatively little work and has had to really work hard just to keep up at AS. I am wondering if there is another leap to A2 or is that it now?

BackforGood Mon 03-Jun-13 16:04:50

Glad I've come back to this today - ds hasn't booked onto any open days yet. It's like trying to get blood out of a stone getting any commitment from him, although he's very keen to go somewhere - just won't put the time into looking at the on-line stuff and various prospectuses (?) and committing to any sort of 'narrowing down' procedure.
He's actually been on holiday all last week (1/2 term) and is for all this week, as they are on study leave, but he had his last AS before 1/2 term, so has just been "resting"
<I need a 'roll your eyes' emoticon>

BackforGood ah resting grin.
I know that after his last exam next week DS will retire to the sofa until September. Meanwhile to be fair, he has been a workaholic this last half term. It's all or nothing.
DS has some open days booked on college coach trips. Also Nottingham and Lancaster which he has booked independently. He hopes to be able to drive to them if he passes his test.hmm
<I need a nail biting emoticon>

BackforGood Mon 03-Jun-13 16:51:17

ds starts his A2 lessons next week - don't all schools / colleges do this ??
They have to go to the A2 lessons for all the subjects they did ASs in, until after August, when they can decide which one to drop.
I'm surprised if some schools just ignore 6 weeks of possible teaching time ?

I meant when he was at home. No "study leave" here, lessons as normal unless they have an exam. They were supposed to confirm their subjects for 2nd year a month ago. They do break up on 27th June though.

bruffin Mon 03-Jun-13 17:04:13

DS officially starts his A2 lessons today, but he doesnt finish exams until next week so they are not being strict about it. He doesnt finish until 19th July but wont be the there for much of July as he has his Headstart and a school trip to CERN.
He has booked at Nottingham and Durham now, have decided to take him and going to book a hotel in between the two as the train journey was so expensive to Durham for the day. We are in Herts

DS has Headstart in June.
I had hoped for an overnight in or near Durham as it's a lovely area but his coach trip was only £10 so I've missed out on that.

WorrySighWorrySigh Mon 03-Jun-13 18:11:44

I think the problem with the step between GCSE & A level is that certainly for sciences there needs to be a certain amount of unlearning to be done. The simplification at GCSE of, say, cell structure needs to be forgotten and the new complexity learned. The same with the terminology. The imprecision which was acceptable at GCSE is now a liability at A level.

For my DD these have been the real problems. The work itself has not been a problem.

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zamantha Mon 03-Jun-13 18:32:54

Tutor for Physics - young PHD student worked a treat every day of half term. More confident for Electrons in Physics now.

Fingers crossed for Wed. and Further Maths on Thursday.

Good luck all.

BackforGood Mon 03-Jun-13 19:07:13

What's 'Headstart' ?

Isthiscorrect Mon 03-Jun-13 19:26:44

Ds school made it quite clear the jump between gcse and A level was HUGE. No spoon feeding, be ready from the outset, don't fall behind because it's so hard to make up. They are supposed to do 2 hours independent study/ homework for each class hour! To be fair ds has done this and more, hopefully it will pay off.
This week he is chilling, sorting his folders books etc ready for next year, he finished all his exams before half term, a slew of them. He has one week of A2 lessons, one week of personal statement writing, Ucas prep etc and then one week of work exp.

prettydaisies Mon 03-Jun-13 20:53:00

DD starts A2 lessons next week - still on study leave at the moment. She is also going to CERN and has a Headstart course to look forward to as well as helping out at the Royal Society open science event in June and something else at UEA. She might fit in a few university visits as well! Her choir is then going to be singing at Westminster Abbey for a week in August. Think she'll be going back to school for a rest.

cardibach Mon 03-Jun-13 21:11:39

I teach at secondary, though. I am well aware of the jump between GCSE and A level, but this seems to be something else. Also, she can do two past papers in Bio on one day and get an A in one and a U in the other. It's odd. THe exam doesn't seem to be in any way representative of the course. I have some concerns about the teaching, especially in Chemistry. I teach in DD's school, so they are my colleagues, which makes it really tricky.

BackforGood Mon 03-Jun-13 23:03:08

Thanks for the link secretscwirrels - my boy's definitely not a STEM person, so that'll be why it's not crossed my radar grin

Isthiscorrect Tue 04-Jun-13 03:52:57

That's interesting Cardibach. Ds isn't a science person so I really don't know. But how very difficult if sometimes its an A and sometimes a U, and of course hard for you with DC teachers being your colleagues.
What about student room? They dissect all the past papers on there, maybe dc could ask on there about model answers for the U paper, rather than the mark scheme? The only thing I know is terminology is the be all and end all, so I would guess that extends to phrasing. Probably too late but flash cards with the exact phrases?
Fingers crossed its the A paper style questions. Good luck to all science peeps this week.

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BeckAndCall Tue 04-Jun-13 18:28:43

If any mums would like to join me in a little celebratory 'hurray she's finished' dance, feel free to do so!

Chemistry was tough but not impossible, apparently smile

And, breathe....

Until this time next year!

WorrySighWorrySigh Tue 04-Jun-13 19:52:19

BeckAndCall - I will link arms with you for a little jig! Similar thoughts about Chemistry here.

Now, all we have to do is make sure that they:

- book university visits
- write to said universities with specific questions
- look at the personal statement
- find a job for the summer
- dont forget everything they have learnt in the last year
- decide which subjects they will take forward
- ...........

.......dont forget to breathe, dont forget to breathe, dont forget to breathe......

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cardibach Tue 04-Jun-13 22:16:39

I posted this earlier from my phone but it clearly didn't work!
I am dancing too, Beck. Similar report about Chemistry here - DD does WJEC.
University Open Days start now - first one at UWE on Saturday.

Not dancing yet here!
Physics today,went well. Tomorrow and Monday the two big important ones. PC3 and PC4. He wants to do Maths at a top university for which he will need to average at least 90% UMS on each Maths paper.
Roll on Monday.
WorrySighWorrySigh write to said universities with specific questions what do you mean? Have I missed something I should be worrying about he should be doing?

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Isthiscorrect Wed 05-Jun-13 17:06:01

Oh yes the dreaded personal statement. Our head of 6th form has told parents that any student who doesnt have a perfect PS on her desk before they skive off leave for the summer, will be put on the bottom of her pile and may or may not be dealt with in September. DH was furious, not that DS is relaxing skiving off, in fact he will be in school. But really not every student knows what they want to do and August results will have a big part to play. However DS is on a mission and knows what he wants and what he has to do, including hopefully, what he has to write, so we feel very fortunate but still very very shock.

PurplePotato Wed 05-Jun-13 18:12:08

Hello, may I join you? Really wish I had spotted this thread a few weeks ago! DS has two more exams and we're right in the middle of trying to organise open days. Feel as though we are very disorganised compared to the rest of Y12.

zamantha Wed 05-Jun-13 18:38:31

OCR Physics today - son was confident and finished early! Me worried.

Also had a 40 min interruption while someone collapsed and was taken into hospital. Have asked school to tell board. How much do they take that into account?

BackforGood Wed 05-Jun-13 18:45:38

Hello PurplePotato - you're very welcomesmile

Are you guys posting on here specifically to worry me ?? <stern look at NotFluffy and IsThisCorrect>

I'e heard nothing about personal statements this year - only time they've been mentioned was at the open evening in the Summer of Yr11, when they said they need to be done in Sept/Oct of Yr13. Is anyone else under that impression, or is it just me?

Oh the poor DC who collapsed in an exam sad

BackforGood No PS at DS 6th form yet but it's not a private school or a grammar. Potential Oxbridge and medics are told to make a start when they get results in August as theirs have to be in before the rest. (October rather than January IIRC)
DS has a bit of a start on his PS from some applications to summer schools he did. I keep telling him to make notes but he says it's all in his head.

gillviola Wed 05-Jun-13 19:40:54

I have found a great site on the Student Room where they give examples of personal statements complete with feedback. It was really useful for my ds who has just changed what he wants to do. Reading the example of a personal statement confirmed that he has lots to offer and that is the right choice for him whereas he would have been struggling to write anything anywhere near as good about his original choice.

cardibach Wed 05-Jun-13 19:43:17

Personal statements are written in September at my school - so that the results of AS can feed into decision making. Oxbridge ones are looked at first by the Head of Sixth, then she moves swiftly on to the others. Last year all but one of our students went to University, most to their first choice, so it is working! No need to worry yet.
DD has been enjoying her freedom today - she spent it on the beach with one of her friends and has now gone over to the friend's house for a barbecue and to stay over.

WorrySighWorrySigh Wed 05-Jun-13 20:57:43

secretscwirrels the point about writing to the universities is that DD wants to do an Erasmus year. These seem to be far less common for sciences and DD wants to ask if her preferred 'forrin' university/course is possible.

I wasnt including that as necessarily a point for everybody but is certainly a point for DD (who is currently conspicuous only by her absence!).

prettydaisies Wed 05-Jun-13 22:20:18

DD thought physics was ok today, although was remembering 1 question that she thinks she got wrong. Hopefully she's forgotten about all the right ones! She was a bit miffed because it was the last AS exam and most people are now having a couple of days off. Unfortunately she has mechanics tomorrow, but is fairly confident about that and then core 3 next week and core 4 the week after. However, they are back at school on Monday.
She is at a selective independent school but doesn't have to do her personal statement until early next term. I was getting worried reading these posts!

BackforGood Wed 05-Jun-13 22:46:38

Thanks SS, gillviola, and cardibach - ds has never been the best communicator of messages / information from school, {possible understatement of the century there} so I like to check grin

Isthiscorrect Thu 06-Jun-13 06:16:48

Our previous head of 6th, did have people start drawing up a list of bullet points to prompt some reflection of past activities, responsibilities, books read etc. However our new one seems demented. It isnt as though we have loads of applicants to medicine, vet school or Oxbridge, so no real need to threaten everyone with the October deadline. IMHO. Although student room suggest many drafts are required and leaving it and coming back to it. Of course DC like yours Cardibach who have something special to include will need to be at the top of the pile.
No open days for us, we/DS cant make them, although he does have another 3 to visit in the summer holidays.
Just remember now (for most posters) is the time to breathe before results day, gulp. wine brew [biscuits]

LoveMyTeens Thu 06-Jun-13 13:48:38

Wish I'd found this thread earlier - could have done with the comments about Chemistry. Tried to help DS with revision but difficult when I'd no idea what I was reading out. Glad it's over now.

Core 3 today and he came home smiling smile. They have started A2 lessons today as well.

monikar Thu 06-Jun-13 16:49:48

LoveMyTeens I tried to help DD with Chemistry too and I really found it hard and so confusing. I only have an O level which was so long ago I knew literally nothing. I'm just glad it's over too.

cardibach Thu 06-Jun-13 17:51:28

DD has come home sunburnt! 17 and a half years I have been in charge of that skin and it hasn't even got singed. Two days with a friend in post AS study leave and it is burnt!

Back to school and A2 courses on Monday.

prettydaisies Thu 06-Jun-13 18:30:53

DD had mechanics today. The last question was very tricky apparently. SS I'm glad core 3 went ok. It's next week for DD. Can't quite relax yet.

Kez100 Thu 06-Jun-13 19:32:47

Hiya! (It's me from the 2012 GCSE thread). Great to catch up again.

My daughter has her final 1:1 assessment for year 1 tomorrow and x fingers it all goes well for her.

Our first University open day visit is on 22nd June! We, currently, have a list of about 6!

PurplePotato Thu 06-Jun-13 20:53:43

Thanks BackforGood. And thanks everyone for the info on personal statements. I guess that's the next thing to think about once exams finish (one more on Monday for DS). We're also trying to narrow down the long list of possible open days.

Is anyone here considering any universities outside of the UK?

Isthiscorrect Fri 07-Jun-13 09:50:37

DS is considering a gap year to help/intern for the upcoming general election and then going to Georgetown in the US. Depends on his grades this summer for his AS levels.

Purple DS has looked at length at studying in the USA but rejected it because of the nature of study. They do a broad based curriculum for at least the first two years before focusing more on their "major" and all courses are at least 4 years.
He wants to specialise in Maths and never wants to write another essay grin

Isthiscorrect Fri 07-Jun-13 12:03:53

Secret I know that for Ds he wouldnt have to take a 4 year course. Credit would be given for his A levels. Although I appreciate it could very possibly be different for maths. Biggest stumbling block is prep for the SATS. Maths is not Ds strong point and he isnt sure how it would pan out with the SATS.

WorrySighWorrySigh Fri 07-Jun-13 12:30:22

Purple DD has looked into this, especially in the Netherlands. She is now looking at an Erasmus year rather doing the whole degree abroad.

Which country is your DC looking at?

prettydaisies Fri 07-Jun-13 17:59:09

DD looked at a university in the Netherlands (can't remember which one), but the course was all taught in English. It would be easy to get there from here - probably a lot quicker than most of the rest of this country, but she decided not to apply as she was limited to which modules she could take.

Kez100 Fri 07-Jun-13 19:57:33

YAY! Amazing year 12 results for my daughter. Now she can look at all of the Unis on her (long) shortlist and prepare herself for the next hurdle she will face - the best portfolio she can, for interviews.

PurplePotato Fri 07-Jun-13 20:44:34

Thanks - my DS is not really interested in universities outside of the UK (he is very laid back about the whole thing, to be honest - has no idea where he wants to go). But I have been looking at Dublin, and in particular at University College and Trinity. Both have the advantage of EU fees and UCD in particular offer really good scholarships. I think it might be worth his while applying just to broaden the choice. Am currently trying to find a free weekend and cheap flights to visit!

PurplePotato Fri 07-Jun-13 20:46:10

Secret - same here. No more essays! DS wants to study maths or physics or some combination.

PurplePotato Fri 07-Jun-13 20:48:09

Kez, that's great, you must be delighted.

zamantha Fri 07-Jun-13 22:34:39

We are thinking of a gap year for our DS - he is not over keen as he fears no social life in intermediary year, so we will see. We feel all the open days while A2 studying is also tough . However, he is just off soon to one of his choices of university for a summer school as advised on here last year!
Further Maths went fine - as I said up thread a 40 min delay in Physics while someone sadly collapsed - a support assistant - it is also really sad for the students involved. We had spent a fortune on tuition for Physics module where he was stuck and he found the 40 mins waiting meant his concentration collapsed.

We have a daughter who is a straight A student and a son who needs support to reach his potential so we are a bit down that Physics went wrong - one more to take next summer! Heigh-ho!

cardibach Sat 08-Jun-13 21:38:04

Just back from out first open day! It was really interesting but a bit scary to think she is nearly ready to move away. It makes everything seem a bit real...
She liked the sound of the course and the accommodation was good too.
(UWE Bristol Occupational Therapy).

Kez100 Sun 09-Jun-13 10:58:24

My daughter is looking at UWE too!

cardibach Sun 09-Jun-13 16:15:41

It was lovely, Kez. We only saw Glenside Campus where they do all the Health and SOcial Profession stuff (nursing, radiotherapy, occ therapy, physio, social work etc).
What is your daughter thinking of studying?

Kez100 Sun 09-Jun-13 19:03:51

It would be the Bower Ashton campus for her. She is looking at commercial art courses.

BackforGood Sun 09-Jun-13 19:34:24

Finally pinned down ds to booking some Open Days this afternoon / evening. Mostly having to go in Sept / Oct now though as can't make the June/July dates. Still, it feels a step further on, and he's been really enthused by it all, so, we'll see.

prettydaisies Mon 10-Jun-13 21:30:53

DD has finally booked a place on the Durham open day on 29th. She was quite excited to be going back to school today! Still revising for Core 3 on Thursday.

DS did core 4 yesterday and it seems it was a stinker (AQA). He went in to it quite confidently because he was getting consistently 100% UMS on his practice papers but reckons he dropped several marks. He is hoping he did well enough on Core 3 to get the A*. (It's an A2 not an AS).
Fingers crossed now until August.
Anyone else's DC going to the open day at Warwick on 21st?

prettydaisies Tue 11-Jun-13 16:11:53

Secret DD is really hoping for an A* too. She's trying so hard to get 90% in core 3 and core 4.

Cerisier Wed 12-Jun-13 10:00:12

DD has finished at last. Biology seemed to go ok.

Another thanks for all the info on personal statements from everyone. I will point DD towards the students room site, which sounds very useful.

cardibach Wed 12-Jun-13 20:40:06

DD off to Coventry Open Day on Saturday with her dad (exH). Anyone else going?

Kez100 Thu 13-Jun-13 14:35:00

Our DD next one is Falmouth, next Wednesday. Then Gloucester (well, Cheltenham campus) following Saturday.

BackforGood Thu 13-Jun-13 19:34:35

I like this thread - it has other "ordinary" dc on, like my dc. Some MN threads only seem to have parents of the most high achieving children on smile

prettydaisies Thu 13-Jun-13 22:12:48

Core 3 done today and went ok thankfully. Core 4 next Tuesday and then she is finished and I think her brother (Y11) finishes the next day. Looking forward to next weds evening!

snowyowl70 Thu 13-Jun-13 22:41:46

Me and DD1 off to Bath next Thursday and Warwick next Friday - anyone else going ? She is looking at modern language courses

bruffin Fri 14-Jun-13 09:12:44

DS went to a UCAS convention yesterday which he found really useful. He spoke to Imperial and they said to ring up to see if they will accept his Phylosophy A level result instead of a B at GCSE english.

He is booked at Nottingham, Leeds, Durham, Loughborough and Southampton and spending a week at Imperial.

That's a wide reaching lot of visits bruffin smile.
DS is going to Warwick next Friday but with college, then Durham.He has also booked Lancaster and Nottingham.
The Lancaster one is in August and I think I will take him to that one and have an overnight stay somewhere nearby. Nottingham we can't do until September.

legallady Fri 14-Jun-13 19:47:17

Snowyowl, my DD also looking at modern languages. We went to Exeter on Tuesday and off to Warwick next Friday as well (see you there grin). Unfortunately all the talks we would have gone to at Bath on Thursday are already fully booked so we're doing Bath in September and going to Birmingham on Thursday instead.

Are you doing anywhere else? We like the look of the languages courses at Southampton and Nottingham too. This Open Day lark is expensive isn't it! All she has to do now is get great AS results...... wink

snowyowl70 Fri 14-Jun-13 20:34:52

Legallady we are going to Birmingham and Southampton in September ! May see you in Warwick then !! DD1 wants to study French/German but was really upset after her German speaking AS exam as she went to pieces after doing a brilliant mock exam ! She is now convinced all the places she is looking at will be beyond her reach but predicted 4 As so think she will be ok ! But results day will tell !

snowyowl70 Fri 14-Jun-13 20:37:58

Legallady you are right about it being expensive !! Already been to Cardiff requiring over night stay - away 2 nights this week and will have to stop over night in Southampton - only Birmingham is possible from South Yorkshire !! Well Warwick is but doing that on way back from Bath !

legallady Sat 15-Jun-13 17:23:40

Fingers crossed for your DD Snowy - hopefully the German wasn't as bad as she thought. My DD wants to do French/Spanish but only doing French at AS (having dropped Spanish after gcse.) She didn't think this would be problematic but Bath, for example, requires you to have both languages at A2 if you want to do French and Spanish sad. Typically you can't do Spanish as a beginner language. She may have to go down the French/Italian route if she loves Bath enough and it does look fantastic.......

Is your DD doing both languages to A2? I do feel a bit bad as we advised DD to not do two languages at AS as we thought it would restrict her options for university - shows what we know blush

cardibach Sat 15-Jun-13 18:50:19

Oh yes, BackForGood, we do ordinary here!
DD has reported via text that Coventry is fabulous and she loves it. That will be fine, as although it is 4 hours from me it is only 1 hour from her dad. We are going to Liverpool nest week (hotel Friday night) and York in August (two nights B and B). When she goes to Derby in September she will go with her dad from his house. Cardiff is a day trip from here but not booked yet as they only release one Open Day at a time and they have all bee week days so far (can't afford to lose a day's pay really).

snowyowl70 Sat 15-Jun-13 19:32:23

Legallady DD1 is doing French, German, English Lit and History at AS and doesn't want to drop anything in September as she loves all her courses. The course at Bath sounds great and a friend of ours did French and Russian there ( a few years ago !) and loved it . She also likes the languages and European studies at Southampton .

cardibach Tue 18-Jun-13 17:14:07

DD has just been appointed Deputy Head Girl! (Not eve slightly stealthy boast). She had to write a letter of application, there was a staff and student body vote on the applicants then a short list were interviewed by the Head, Deputy, Head of Sixth and a selection of staff. I am v proud but she is a bit gutted as she desperately wanted head girl. She will sort that though. I am having a quiet coffee to get over the trauma while she does her voluntary work.

Kez100 Tue 18-Jun-13 17:57:47

"She will sort that though".......Agggghhhhh, what's she gonna do to her? LOL!

Well done her on getting DHG!

We start hitting the Universities tomorrow - four (out of seven to visit) in the next week. One in July and the final two in September. Managing to get away with just one extra paid overnight stop. Kerrr ching!

cardibach Tue 18-Jun-13 18:50:56

smile Kez! Nothing terminal! Her plan is to be so bloody good as DHG that they realise they made the wrong decision! And she will come to terms with her disappointment anyway soon. We are having mash for tea (not on its own...) and that will cheer her up no end!
We are off to Liverpool on Friday for a Saturday Open Day - this will be DD's 3rd visit to somewhere in as many weeks. Anyone else going to be there?

BackforGood Tue 18-Jun-13 19:08:45

Well done to Cardibach's dd.
No, we're not going anywhere until the Autumn... combination of the places ds wants to visit, the fact he didn't get his finger out very quickly, and the clash with other things that were already on the calendar once he did decide to make some decisions.

BackforGood Tue 18-Jun-13 19:09:12

Well, that said, he's going to the University in our home City this week, with school.

Kez100 Wed 19-Jun-13 21:19:05

That's one off the list!

Falmouth was an unlikely choice due to courses not being perfect but as its on our doorstep we thought it would be silly not to go to the open day and see. My daughter was right, the courses aren't for her, but its a wonderful campus and halls and we were both very impressed.

prettydaisies Thu 20-Jun-13 18:00:00

And core 4 is finished!
Mundane school now, but not lessons - it seems to be lots of singing and dancing as well as a trip to Cerne.

PurplePotato Thu 20-Jun-13 18:39:18

Snowy, my DS went to Bath today too. Hope you had a good day. He came back and said something along the lines of "yeah, looks alright". He's going to Birmingham tomorrow.

BeckAndCall Fri 21-Jun-13 07:16:49

Oh, been away from this thread for a couple of days and missed saying well done to cardibach's DD!

It's certainly open day season for DD and all her friends. Big week coming up for various friends - Manchester tomorrow, Oxford mid week, Exeter last week and 800 mile round trips to Edinburgh last weekend!

For my DD, we had together decided London wasn't for her. Then she went to a taster day at Kings, and loved it! So rethinking the criteria for the list.....

cardibach Fri 21-Jun-13 22:28:50

In a hotel in Liverpool with DD for Open Day. We have had Thai for dinner and are now watching QI. Got upgraded to an executive room so living it up! smile hope it is a good day tomorrow - anyone else going?

bruffin Fri 21-Jun-13 22:40:17

Lucky you Cardi grin

Ds went to Imperial today but went out partying and havent seen him yet. Have to be up at 5.30 to go to Leeds tomorrow.
Im going with him to Brunel on thursday, abd Dh tajing him to Nottingham and Durham on Friday/Sat

cardibach Sat 22-Jun-13 07:53:13

Glad to find you lot/your DCs are going to a lot of Open Days -none of DDs friends are. As she says, how can you decide what to out on your UCAS lost if you have never been? Lovely night's sleep in my executive bed smile

Well done CardibachDD smile
DS went to Warwick yesterday and came home buzzing. He loved every bit of it and thinks it will be his 1st choice. Of course he hasn't been to any other open days yet.......
Durham on Monday and then he is going back to Warwick for a one day Maths thing.

cardibach Sat 22-Jun-13 20:46:27

Well, Liverpool is a strike. THey don't take the Welsh Bac (they're actually not allowed not to accept it, but they obviously think they are more important than everyone else confused angry
Still, she didn't like it as much as Coventry anyway!

bruffin Sat 22-Jun-13 21:02:34

thats a shame Cardibach.
Leeds was very good today. Ds liked everything about it, but its the first open day so might feel differently one hes seen a few more.
Thought yesterday was an open day but it was just some sort of lecture.

Kez100 Sat 22-Jun-13 21:12:22

Cheltenham today and it currently lies top (has 250 applicants for 50 places sad ) bournemouth is second currently - that has a 15% offer rate. Falmouth is a non starter.

BackforGood Sat 22-Jun-13 23:21:52

Kez I was talking to someone last week who is at the end of her first year at Bournemouth. Absolutely loves the town and the student life there, as well, of course as the fact it's at the seaside but she's really disappointed (and her parents are horrified) at the poor quality of the course. Don't know how subject dependent it is, but she's only had 5 - 6 hours of lectures / contact time a week, and that's been in big lectures of 200ish students, with the lecturers just reading their powerpoint slides. Even more stunningly bad - IMO - is that she hasn't had a single lecture since March. She had exams at the end of the first year, and there were a couple of revision sessions - literally, two - and that's all that has been offered by the university for the whole of this term. Of course they've had to pay accommodation up until July and a whole year's fees.
As I say, I don't know how course dependant it is, but it might be worth asking some probing questions.

cardibach Sun 23-Jun-13 09:58:45

BackForGood I have some reservations about those complaints. In the 80s I didn't have more than 7 or 8 hours of lectures and seminars any week. And revision sessions? And I think that for many courses that is right. Undergraduate work should be about your own development, reading and independent study and thought. There should be some seminars and tutorials as well as lectures but low hours are not necessarily inappropriate. I wouldn't expect an undergraduate to need revision sessions organised by someone else and I wouldn't expect them o stop working because there were no lectures.
This is what happens when you charge directly - people expect to be passive and have everything done for them. It's a sad situation. Far more worrying than alleged spoon feeding and dumbing down in schools.

Interesting point Cardibach. I think you are right. In some schools they seem to take a half way approach at A level, encouraging self study and research but others continue to spoon feed a la GCSE and that would leave them ill equipped for undergrad study.

DS was going to look at Bath but his friend went last week and hated it so he seems to have struck that off the list. That would have been an overnight trip as it's 4/5 hours each way. All of our DCs seem to be looking to go a long way from home. I think it may not be coincidence wink.

Kez100 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:59:48

Thanks backtogood. Is that Bournemouth University, or Arts University Bournemouth? My daughter looked at AUB.

Her course is unusual in that, being Arts and impossibly competitive for real work, the students expect to need a huge amount of time working on lecture material in their own time. What matters with art is the access to equipment, industry links, opportunities, access to tutors for questions, tutorials - possibly very different than an academic degree.

Having chosen BTEC not A levels the self study is already embedded - during assignments, she usually spends 25+ hours a week on self study and practical work in addition to the 15 hours of her course.

The problem I am finding is, if they talk the talk - what happens if they are just good salesmen and those promises don't actually come to fruition?

BackforGood Sun 23-Jun-13 12:34:57

Kez University.

Well Cardibach - my degree ('85-88), my sister's (85-89) my dh's ('93-97) all had full days of attendance of college - well, full "school hour" type days ... 9 - 3.30 / 9.30 - 4 type hours) - with one afternoon out for sports I think was the idea.
We still had to do independent study, reading, research etc., but it was expected that you did that in the rest of the afternoon, the evenings and at weekends, in addition to the lectures, classes and seminars you had to attend. It's not about "being passive and expecting to have everything done for them", it's about expecting the teaching staff at the university to actually teach. I know some courses have/had fewer contact hours, but there's a big difference between 5-6 hours and 25-30 hours. I don't expect anyone to organise revision sessions either, but I do expect them to teach for the full academic year.
I understand that some people think that's fine to have so little teaching and guidance each week, but I can't believe anyone thinks it's OK for the course to finish in March. Really ??
I know quite a few youngsters who are at / recently finished universities, and the fewer hours seems common, but I've never heard of another college just not giving any lectures, seminars, teaching in any form, for half the year.

cardibach Sun 23-Jun-13 16:14:49

BackForGood I think it depends on the course. My brother in law read pharmacy and had full days. I did English and Social Policy and didn't. It really depends on the course what is appropriate. It is poor if the academic year finishes so early - but has it? Or is there work still to do? We were given 20 essay titles in October and they all had to be in by May, with no further mention of them from tutors. They were our work, so, even when lectures finished before exams we had loads to do.
If you didn't expect them to organise revision sessions, but you criticised them for not having many in your first post...
If there are no seminars/tutorials only lectures and no work set for the end of the year then I agree it is bad, but I do think people now expect University to be like school. It isn't, and shouldn't be.

BackforGood Sun 23-Jun-13 16:58:49

Oh, no - I can see how you've mis-read what I meant - sorry grin
I meant, that all there was were the 2 revision session, meaning to say there was nothing for her to attend / do / work on between March and July, rather than there were only 2 sessions. Sorry! I don't think it's the university's responsibility to organise their revision. I do think it's their responsibility to teach and to challenge the students though, otherwise we could all just sit ant home and get degrees without any guidance, surely ?
She hadn't got work set / essays or dissertations or projects to hand in. I mean, I know in theory you could spend a lot of time 'reading around the subject', but I think they've had plenty of time for that in the first half of the year, and actually do need something to be working on.
I agree it is (and should be) a completely different thing from school, but I do think it ought to be 33+ weeks long over a year.

BackforGood Sun 23-Jun-13 17:01:27

Anyway, I do think it might be course dependent rather than institution dependent, but it's a question that I will be asking / getting ds to ask when we eventually get to his Open Days. Just interesting to hear what students already on courses think of their Universities.
If it helps, I was talking to someone at St Andrews who LOVES it there, if that helps anyone ? smile

TheEarlOf Sun 23-Jun-13 17:21:04

If anyone has any questions about Bristol I am currently studying there and would be happy to answer any qs.

My course probably has 8/9 hours of contact a week and we finished in about May and then had exams but I know the Vets/Dentists are in 8-6 some days. Having said that although I have fairly few contact hours it's not like I don't have things to do and if you want to go speak to the academic staff they are more than happy to talk/debate things with you. I think that's wehre it lies really, how much the student is willing to put in. I know some people on my course who've come in just for the lectures and left whereas I tend to talk to the lecturers and get the help fi I need it.

BackforGood Sun 23-Jun-13 17:36:53

Thanks Earl smile

Kez100 Sun 23-Jun-13 18:11:14

Thanks Earl.

cardibach Sun 23-Jun-13 20:17:27

I see BackForGood! That does sound a bit rubbish.

Finished in May. Well, I know it would be unpopular with staff but faced with £9k a year fees plus nearly the same again to live on I wonder how many students would prefer to have their course condensed into two years. Five weeks holiday a year is enough for the rest of the world wink.

Anyone's DC gone to Durham today?

prettydaisies Mon 24-Jun-13 16:22:31

secretscwirrels not Durham today, but DD is going on Saturday. It involves a very early start (I don't think she realised quite how far away it is). Has you DS gone today? Would be interested to know what he thinks.

bruffin Mon 24-Jun-13 16:43:39

DS is going to Durham on Saturday as well, but they are going to Nottingham on Friday and staying overnight in Darlington. Poor little car will have probably added a 1000 miles in open days sad

Leeds ticked so many of the right boxes.

DS really like the course (mechanical engineering with nuclear)
Good contacts with industry
Brilliant sports centre with a climbing wall (big +) He will have worked at our local sports centre by then for nearly 3 years as a lifeguard/casual officer, so good chance of work.
Knows someone there already who is giving good reports back about student life.
Residence seemed nice and not too expensive.

Yes he went on a coach from school. Not heard yet, they are due back after 7pm.
It will be interesting to see how he compares it with Warwick where he went last week. I don't think he's impressed by historic buildings and architecture and I gather Warwick is a modern campus. Durham will be very different from that point of view. His main interest is in what the Maths department say and they sold it to him at Warwick.
It's odd how they form ideas sometimes. Apparently, before last week, DS had the idea that all the Maths students would be housed together if he went to a campus uni grin. He was not keen on that as was hoping to meet some none Mathsy girls.

Kez100 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:49:53

One of my daughters BA (Hons) courses is available as a 'fast track' over two years. They will only allow this after consideration of where the student is in terms of ability but it shows these courses are starting to become available.

bruffin Mon 24-Jun-13 17:12:32

I do sometimes think DS is heading for the wrong course. We stumbled into the Civil Engineering dept by accident and he was fascinated by the film they were showing on how pathogens spread in hospitals, and spent a lot of the day taking photos of the buildings and thinking of ways to stop bottlenecks when there were lots of people in one place etc
It was a visit to JET that decided him on ME with nuclear.

TheEarlOf Mon 24-Jun-13 17:55:32

Kez100 I could have done my course in 2 years BUT I would have missed out on a lot of extra-curricular which has helped me get a job after uni. If uni is about furthering your career (rather than the academics), which for a lot of people it is, then by doing the extra-curricular which I had time to do by doing it in 3 years rather than 2 then it makes sense to have 3 years with less official contact teaching time

Kez100 Mon 24-Jun-13 20:59:42

Earl, my daughter will be looking at Bristol, but UWE and Bower Ashton Campus, not the main University. I know there isn't any halls at Bower Ashton but I think there may be some in Bristol with a free or cheap Uni bus. Do you know anything about this set up at all?

TheEarlOf Mon 24-Jun-13 21:34:20

Kez100 I have a vague idea of how it's set up but having just looked up the Bower Ashton Campus I don't know as much abotu it as Frenchay (main champus).

This thread on The Student Room is really helpful and although it's from 2 years ago I've had a skim through it and things haven't really changed that much. www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1619112

Kez100 Mon 24-Jun-13 21:51:51

Ta! That's really interesting.

cardibach Mon 24-Jun-13 21:52:28

DD liked UWE. She visited Glenside Campus for Health courses. I don't know about any of the other sites. The course and the approach if the staff were both good.

prettydaisies Well much to my surprise DS did not like Durham. He says his opinions are based entirely on the Maths department and he doesn't mind about the other stuff. The Maths course and the talk by the Maths department didn't inspire him anything like as much as Warwick, he thought it was too prescriptive.
Unfortunately DS doesn't do extra curricular. Maths is the only thing that excites him (I think he was a changeling grin).
We have Lancaster booked for the end of August and Nottingham for September but I think he needs to see some others. He's gone off on a summer schol for the rest of this week. Poor boy, two 5am starts.

TheEarlOf Tue 25-Jun-13 10:18:51

secretscwirrels your son is clearly aiming for the best though. Warwick IS the bees knees for maths. It is number one and known for it!

TheEarlOf It's all new to me and until recently I hadn't even heard of Warwick uni but I gather you are right.

cardibach Tue 25-Jun-13 13:11:38

A friend's daughter is reading maths at Lancaster and loving it.

Girls doing Maths seem to be in a minority. In his class at college there are 2 girls and 17 boys.
We are going to the Lancaster open day on 28th August, that will be the first one I get to visit and I think it will be an overnight stay. It's another campus one, he's not keen on big cities, won't even look at any in London / Manchester. We do live in a village population c75.

BackforGood Tue 25-Jun-13 17:32:34

My Mum would be depressed to hear that. She was the only girl doing maths in the 6th form when she was at school, but that was in the 1940s!!!

prettydaisies Tue 25-Jun-13 20:32:39

DD's the only girl in her maths set and was the only girl who went to Cern. She is the exception that proves the rule according to the boys in her maths class!

Theas18 Thu 27-Jun-13 11:47:19

Well, I've got day of work tomorrow ( yaay!) to go up to Newcastle with DS to the open day.

I'm only going as it's a bloody long way and will have to be a 2 nighter with Nottingham on the " way back" on Saturday.

Terribly torn. DS very keen on it. It's a terrible long way though. we'd be pushed, for instance to take him and his stuff then drive back same day. DD1 is at Nottingham which is IMHO a perfect distance- far enough for us to be out of her hair, but near enough to pop up for concerts and generally do what parents do ( take her out for dinner and bring stuff!) .

DS went to Birmingham and liked it loads, not only his chosen course but the other similar " fall back" type choices. There was only one devastating drawback as he said " It's in Birmingham!" grin

(I totally see why he'd not want to go to uni where it is possibly nearer to home than his current school, but we would kick him into hall! Shame though)

Theas18 I know exactly what you mean. I was so relieved when DS ruled out Bristol and Bath.
prettydaisies your DD sounds like my DS's kind of girl. He would love to go to Cern. Is she thinking of doing Maths or Physics? Let us know what she thinks of Durham.

bruffin Fri 28-Jun-13 08:49:52

We went to Brunel yesterday and DS has now ruled it out. We are in Herts but it still took 2 hours to get there by train and tube. Didnt get the nice feeling we had about Leeds. Also they seemed very heavy on the aeronautics and automotive engineering and hardly any mention of the other mechanical engineering disciplines. No explanation of the courses and nobody to talk to about it really.

I did find manage to embarrass ds by falling asleep on the tube and snoring grin

DH and DS off to Nottingham today and Durham tomorrow.

I think these visits are worthwhile if only to rule them out. It helps to clarify what they are looking for. I'm wishing we had a few more lined up now rather than in September but there were so many clashing dates.

bruffin Fri 28-Jun-13 11:26:16

It's interesting, it turns out a friend of a friend was at Brunel yesterday's as well. They were there to see automotive but came out underwhelmed as well.

Theas18 Fri 28-Jun-13 21:46:56

Well for better or worse he lives Newcastle.he's slightly daunted by the fact that most accommodation is self catered though.

the city ifs great. we are at the jazz cafe at the sage at the moment and its great ( and the rain has stopped).

Well see. threshold for even getting an interview is, as expected hugely high.

Nottingham tomorrow. We know lots already as dd is there. Just the subject specifics really.

trying to help him look at all the pros and cons is fun though.

cardibach Sat 29-Jun-13 22:06:48

Well, DD has departed today to stay with her Dad for work experience. She'll be away for a week. It's odd - I'm used to her going there in the holidays, but it seems odd that I will be going to work and coming home without her sad An idea of things to come. I'm slightly freaked out.

cardibach DS was away on a summer school last week. DH asked me whether I was missing him and I said I was practising for when he leaves next year.sad.
On the other hand it's amazing how everything in the house stays tidy when they are not there.

prettydaisies Sun 30-Jun-13 12:54:41

We took DD on a mammoth trip to Durham yesterday. DD liked the university well enough, but has been put off the course a bit. In fact, I don't think she really knows what course she now wants to do.
She also wants to go and look at Edinburgh and York which are all on the same train line, so think she maybe doing the same journey twice more.
secretscwirrels she thought she wanted wanted to physical geography, but wants to know why things work as they do, so she is also looking at earth sciences. Natural sciences at Durham looked a possibility.
She has another week at school and then is going to Southampton for a Headstart course on geophysics, so that might help her make up her mind a bit.

prettydaisies DS just back from his HS course. It was a disappointment. There was very little actual maths on it, and rather too much social stuff. While I appreciate they wanted to inject some fun into it it was not the academic week that he had hoped for. Most of the students weren't really interested and had just done it for their CV.
I'm a bit miffed as it was expensive for both the course and his rail fares.

bruffin Sun 30-Jun-13 13:29:34

Thats a shame secretsscwirrels

DS is off to imperial tomorrow for his HS which is engineering but the timetable does seem to have quite a lot in it.

Prettydaisies DS was at Durham yesterday and loved everything about it. He also liked Nottingham but the courses are very different. Nottingham seems more hands on ie you make all your own components, where as at Durham you do the design and get the components made, although DH says that's more like real life. Durham doesnt seems more academic and seem to have less connection with industry.

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LoveMyTeens Wed 03-Jul-13 21:08:31

Thanks for comments about Durham - we weren't sure whether to visit. We went to Nottingham on Sat. Lovely campus, good facilities, and the Maths department very good. Surprised how much of the accommodation is catered and quite old-fashioned (traditional?). Self-catered accomm. is off campus. Warwick was completely self-catering.

cardibach Wed 03-Jul-13 21:57:51

I quite like the idea of catered halls for the first year - DD will have enough adjustment to do without having to cook every meal as well, I think. It will also help her get a handle on budgeting. I know I appreciated being in catered halls in my first two terms. By the end of the third I was desperate to get into a house and do it all myself!

bruffin Fri 05-Jul-13 02:01:18

Ds back from his Headstart at Imperial. He did broadcasted engineering and loved it. Seems to have done a lot of hands on and made a few new friends.
Off to Southampton tomorrow and maybe Loughborough on Saturday.

bruffin glad your DS got something out of his HS course.
I took DS back to Warwick yesterday for a one day Maths course. It's definitely the favourite but tough entry conditions.
I had a good look round while he was busy, the place was eerily quiet apart from a few conferences. It all looks lovely and modern and green.
Not sure about it being all self catered. I know the traditional caricature of students surviving on beans for 3 years but I can't take off my maternal need to have him fed. DS eats poorly at the best of times.

NewFairy Fri 05-Jul-13 17:35:09

Secret, I shared your concerns about self catering with ds1 as he is just not botherd about food and will forget to eat. However, a wise mum pointed out to me that if they have to go to the communal kitchen and cook, then they spend time there getting to know others, rather than just going to a big hall, eating, and then possibly disappearing back to their room.
And this was the way it worked, plus he often bought cheap food deals at the Students Union, so didn't rely just on hs cooking skills.
And after a few weeks, they all clubbed together for a weekly takeaway, or a communal cooked Sunday roast.

NewFairy Fri 05-Jul-13 17:40:42

Bruffin, my ds2 did the HS course at Imperial last summer. He had a great experience, but knew he didn't want to study for 4 years in London (& was un likely to meet their grade requirements tbf)

He has applied to Warwick. It was great going there on a post offer day and meeting current students. DS also came across another student he had met at originally at HS, and then met again at eng interview at Cardiff.

legallady Fri 05-Jul-13 18:36:40

Anyone been to Southampton today? DD looking at modern languages and the choice of courses looks great. She liked the campus and the accommodation as well. One of the favourites so far I would say grin

Kez100 Fri 05-Jul-13 22:20:06

We have three choices for application already made here, and two serious open days still to attend (plus two possible others). All well oversubscribed so my daughter thinks a full five choices would be sensible. Then, if she gets any offers after interviews, a decision will have to be made. Who knows, they may make it for her and make no offers. Scary thought.

bruffin Sat 06-Jul-13 07:38:47

Newfairy
They have set up a facebook group so hopefully they will find out where everyone ends up. Ds had met a couple before through Arkwright. He loved the meet and greet with graduates that are now working and hopes he can get a tour of google from one of the graduates.

Legallady
We were at Southampton yesterday and ds really liked the course,campas and the accomodation. We did only look at Glen Eyre though.He is looking at mechanical engineering.

NewFairy That's a very reassuring tale and makes me look at S/C in a different light. DS struggles socially and would benefit from the communal cooking thing and he can actually cook a small repertoire, it's just that he can't be bothered.

NewFairy Sat 06-Jul-13 10:49:41

Secret - always happy to provide a positive story grin

Re Soton, DS1 was in Glen Eyre. I thought it was much nicer than the other main student residential area at Wessex Lane. But tbh I think they all have such a great time it doesn't really matter.

LoveMyTeens Sat 06-Jul-13 11:11:07

Re catered halls - someone said to us that maybe the dining hall can get a bit cliquey, and those who don't easily make friends may find themselves regularly eating alone anyway. Not sure whether this has happened to anyone she knew, or just a "mean girls" fantasy. hmm DS has been cooking for himself at least once a week for a while now, and can manage a good curry! We thought it best to encourage him while he was taking an interest, rather than wait until a few weeks before he goes away.

McFluffy Wed 17-Jul-13 17:30:54

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I thought I'd resurrect this until we need a UCAS thread.
How is everyone? Had a good summer?
Are they all sweating over their personal statements or slobbing in bed all day still prevaricating?

Counting down to Thursday. DS in a cloud of gloom as he has convinced himself he won't get the grades he wants.

BeckAndCall Tue 13-Aug-13 07:47:15

Hi secret. Same here - DD is really terrified about Thursday! Unfortunately, what would constitute a good set of results from my point of view won't be enough, given her aspirations - a few UMS here and there might make all the difference.

Otherwise the summer has been spent revising and rewriting the PS, reading very clever books to write about on the PS, and going through the course detail of the places she may put on her UCAS form if Thrusday works out well.

I will be very glad when we get to about 10.30 on Thrusday and she at least knows where she stands!

It will be 6am here! No need to set my alarm for work on Thursday as the results will be on the college website at 6am and DS will be waking me up at 6.05.
He has a plan A and, thankfully , a plan B that he is happy with if the results aren't quite what he hopes for. Here also a few UMS on one paper will make all the difference. He's done plenty of reading clever books but not much has gone down in writing on the PS.

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Timetraveller Tue 13-Aug-13 13:50:42

Hi, we're in a similar situation, DS needs all As and high UMS to do what he wants. He doesn't have a plan B either!
He's been reading a few books but I don't think he's done anything on his PS. He told me he'd done some 'bullet points' at the end of term but I haven't seen anything. I suppose he'll have to work on it soon, there's no point nagging him.

cardibach Tue 13-Aug-13 18:38:47

Just back from a fantastic trip to India which has kept DDs mind off results, but it's a bit tense here at the moment. Some of the papers were unusual, so she has no idea at all how she will have done. School opens at 8.30 on Thursday and I expect we will be there about then with everything crossed.

She hasn't started writing her PS yet, but has given lots of thought to what to put into it - helped by a handy leaflet we picked up at Liverpool Open Day which gives a real insight into what works for the course she wants.

BeckAndCall Wed 14-Aug-13 08:16:47

Tbh, for us here I think the AS result day is harder than than the A2 day. ( this is third time around in this house)
Applications all depend on how the ASs go, and by the time you get to the A2 results you pretty much know if you've got the offer or not.

Mind you, I'm talking about the days before A* offers, so don't quote me next year!!

prettydaisies Wed 14-Aug-13 11:37:35

The Y13 students at DD's school say getting AS results was more worrying than waiting for A2 results too.
DD can't get her results until tomorrow afternoon. A2s in the morning and ASs in the afternoon.

MABS Wed 14-Aug-13 12:14:04

feeling sick here sad dd need abb and pretty sure not got, 7am for results here .good luck to all.

Milliways Wed 14-Aug-13 17:51:34

Holding hands here MABS, DS needs A*BBa or AABa, and the grade boundaries are looking nasty.

Fauve Wed 14-Aug-13 17:58:32

Sorry to butt in here unannounced blush, but I delegated to dh the task of examining grade boundaries, and he says the boundary for A* isn't shown confused. Is that what you reckon, Milliways? I can't even attempt the maths of grade boundaries, for fear of delirium progressing to hysteria. How do you mean, they are looking nasty? <<peeks out between fingers>>

bruffin Wed 14-Aug-13 18:04:19

Fauve ASs dont have A* only As, they dont get A* until A".

DS has gone to stay at his GF tonight to support her, she is in the year above so will be getting her A2 results and find out if she has got in Uni of choice.

Milliways Wed 14-Aug-13 19:03:40

I am only going on what DS told me earlier - all his friends are groaning having looked at the boundaries. I asked if 90 was an A what was an A* and he explained about the overall >80% with 90% in A2 modules milarky (Probably not got that right!)

He needs A* Maths and was ill for the C4 paper!

MABS Wed 14-Aug-13 19:35:03

Still feeling sick sad

One of DS's results will be A2 because they do Maths in year 12 and FM in year 13. His grade will dictate where he can or can't apply.
No January resits means that waiting until June 2014 to resit is a very risky strategy.
He planned a very full busy day today so less chance to dwell. He is more optimistic having seen the grade boundaries.

bruffin Thu 15-Aug-13 07:44:13

DS's GF got into her uni of choice grin now just have to wait for DS's results.

MABS Thu 15-Aug-13 08:27:04

DD didn't get first choice, Manchester but loved her insurance, Newcastle, anyway, so got it there and is very happy! smile am very relieved coz it's been hard as my ds been so unwell for so long, had big impact on her.

prettydaisies Mon 19-Aug-13 11:30:13

So, dare I ask how it all went? Eventually DD was pleased with what she achieved, but it's taken a lot of discussion and talking with school.
However, she is now working on her personal statement and sorting out universities.

bruffin Mon 19-Aug-13 11:38:07

Forgot this thread blush
DS did his usual, some really good results ie 97 UMS for Core1 and turned his retake E for mechanics to an Agrin but got an E for decision 2 sad.

He was pleased with what he got ,he should be able to get what he wants to go to the uni of his choice (if they will have him grin )

Personal statement is proving a nightmare as he keeps starting it but not getting far.He says he finds it difficult to write without sounding show offy or arrogant.

Kez100 Mon 19-Aug-13 13:45:31

We are off on holiday and hoping my daughter manages to nail her personal statement while we are there. She has had a struggle getting her head around what to write.

Back to Open Days as soon as we return!

And while we are away DS has some year 10 GCSE results...more nerves from me! He seems quite calm about it, which is amazing considering on one paper the school cocked up by not implementing correct allowances and he is waiting to hear if the school's request for dispensation will be approved - let's hope he nailed paper 2 of that exam to prove his ability.

Then we will have college open days for DS too, as they have no sixth form at school.

Kez100 Mon 19-Aug-13 13:48:57

Hope everyone's DCs AS results went well.

IamFluffy Mon 19-Aug-13 15:27:01

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DS did very well, all As and high UMS so he is on cloud 9 and I am v proud.
He had managed to persuade himself (and me) that core 4 had gone badly and he wouldn't be getting an A* in his maths. He got full UMS on core 4 hmm.
Now working on his PS having refused to make a start in the 8 weeks he had before the results came in. Writing is not his thing, he will have to hope he can triumph content over style.
Kez100 Have a good holiday. Weare waiting for DS2 maths result on Thursday and we will also be looking at 6th forms for him.

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