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ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 20:07:39

should not bang on about how gcse's are getting easier (and as/a2/degrees)

1) kids take about 11-12 gcse's now istead of the 6-7 o levels
2) they sit exams year round from the start of year 10/4th year
3) they do exams in year 10 which means less time to prepare and learn the topics
4) coursework isnt written for you by your teachers and you cant get much help off them
5) it is moderated so thoroughly it is impossible for teachers to bump your grade
6) the percentage of A/A* students might be rising but so is the percentage of U/G/F/E/D students

and im working my poor little arse off trying to pass them and my bloody grandfather (and other family members) keep telling me that they are really really easy

bet he wont be saying that down the golf club if i get straight A's, he'll be like "my granddaughter got straight A's"


sorry this is more about my grandad than old people in general lol

i just needed a rant

charchargabor Mon 22-Sep-08 20:09:57

YANBU. Taking exams is very stressful, well done you for sticking with it. smile

noonki Mon 22-Sep-08 20:13:58

oh I hate this too... I was one of the first to do GCSEs and it start way back then ...oh there not like o-levels

good on you and good luck... when do you have your exams?

forevercleaning Mon 22-Sep-08 20:14:59



S1ur Mon 22-Sep-08 20:15:10

Yes it isn't fair.

Take him one of your mock maths gcse papers and let him see just how easy it is. smile

And good luck with exams.

ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 20:19:08

im taking french, triple science, pe(which is 60% theory grr), english lit, english lang, maths, history and geography

although english lit, lang, maths and double science are compusory, i just chose triple as well because its not an awful lot of extra work and its an extra gcse

im hoping to be a primary school teacher when im all big and grown up lol

ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 20:37:54

pmsl at forevercleaning

piss/that universal oap perfume that so many of them have perfected

bless em

noonki Mon 22-Sep-08 20:40:22

you go -

concentrate most on maths and english

so many of my mates had to retake on or the other as you can;'t train to be a teacher without both of them

ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 20:45:26

im fine with maths as dad (was) a maths teacher (has now stopped teaching and become a head teacher hmm) and i just seem to get it

but i cant do english!!! does anyone live in the cambridge area and know of any good english tutors, or somewhere i can pose this question in another topic that is more relevant lol

ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 20:46:44

sorry thats the wrong way round

i get english

i cant do maths

maths tutors please

OrmIrian Mon 22-Sep-08 20:48:49

How old is old hmm

<wonders whether she is old enough to make a comment just to really annoy OP>


ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 20:51:56

lol grandad is about 75 and --up his own arse-- a bit grouchy

although the other "oldies" in my family are like 45+

i dont see them as old people they are just much older than me hehe

poshtottie Mon 22-Sep-08 20:55:31

DH says this too. Lol at old people. He is 38. smile

RustyBear Mon 22-Sep-08 20:55:55

What makes you think it's just old people who think so? - I remember a large number of people on here saying exactly that - average age on here is probably around 35.

And judging by the number of times people PTSL, some of them probably smell of piss too....


OrmIrian Mon 22-Sep-08 20:56:13

Oh I see. What you really meant to say is 'very early middle-age to mature' obviously!


melpomene Mon 22-Sep-08 20:57:07

I'm not sure if it's true that most people used to do 6 or 7 O Levels. I did 11 O Levels and I think most people at my school did at least 8 O Levels or GCSEs.

Interesting that the percentage of U/G/F/E/D students is increasing, though - I hadn't heard that before.

melpomene Mon 22-Sep-08 20:57:35

I meant 'at least 8 O Levels or CSEs', of course.

ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 21:01:21

oh right, im sure i got told average was 6 or 7

i take that point back then

rustybear - im suprised people have arses in that case, many MNers have laughed there's off! LOL

platypussy Mon 22-Sep-08 21:01:59

Mp I agree - nobody did as few as 6-7 o-levels when I was at school (well not at my school anyway!)

handlemecarefully Mon 22-Sep-08 21:04:52

Well actually gcse's and other exams (A levels, degrees) do appear to be getting easier (or at least that appears to be the balance of opinion when this is reported in the media). It's like a lot of the Universities that call themselves universities these days just aren't 'proper' universities (half baked poly's more like) wink

...goes off scrathing thinning hair contemplatively whilst simultaneously adjusting support tights

zippitippitoes Mon 22-Sep-08 21:07:37

i think they are definitely easier o levels and a levels were harder in the seventies for sure

as was getting into uni and getting a degree

ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 21:10:01

<sucks in air through teeth>

hmc. you bugger wink

i agree that we get more choices now e.g. drama, media, psycology, photography e.t.c

but for example i'm doing PE, and its dam difficult to get an A, you have to get 88% practical and theory combined and 94% to get an A*

for drama you have to get 98% to get an A* and 90% to get an A e.t.c

its getting easier for less able kids to get GCSE's but not easier for able kids to get A's e.t.c which is where the confusion from the media comes in when they say its getting easier

ChasingSquirrels Mon 22-Sep-08 21:11:28

where in cambs are you? my mate is a maths teacher and is looking to do some tutoring in the evenings. We are in one of the north east villages, N'market way.

ethanchristopher Mon 22-Sep-08 21:14:08

Chasing Squirrels - I live in oakington

and FYI good universities dont take students who dont have a GCSE in a language nowadays

how many of you did a language and got into somewhere good?

Sidge Mon 22-Sep-08 21:14:52

I don't think he should belittle your efforts, as doing any sort of studying is worth a big pat on the back in my opinion.

But I do think GCSEs are easier than GCEs were - sorry <Sidge runs away fast>

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