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Scottish GCSEs

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fiddlemama Fri 17-Aug-07 14:22:16

Can anyone out there in Scotland tell me what a "1.5" result for a Scottish GCSE means? A friend has left a message to say that her DD got this for her Greek GCSE (no idea why the school put her in for the Scottish board) and I feel really stupid as I don't know whether I should congratulate or commiserate

nailpolish Fri 17-Aug-07 14:24:01

scotland doesn t ahve gcse's

fiddlemama Fri 17-Aug-07 14:39:51

OK so what would be their equvalant to GCSE? and is 1.5 good or bad please?

fiddlemama Fri 17-Aug-07 14:40:57

equivalent even

TheQueenOfQuotes Fri 17-Aug-07 14:41:10

they have standard grades........which when I did them didn't do ".5's" - it was just 1 (a), 2 (b) 3 (c) etc etc.

Tamum Fri 17-Aug-07 14:41:59

I've never heard of 1.5 either- all letters last time I looked.

fiddlemama Fri 17-Aug-07 14:43:09

Oh sounds pretty good then Thanks

nailpolish Fri 17-Aug-07 14:45:03

i dont understand either - i thought standard grades were all A, B, C etc

TheQueenOfQuotes Fri 17-Aug-07 14:47:18

no standard grades are "numbered". There's 3 stages you can sit (or you can sit 2) - Credit you can only get a 1/2, General (I think IIRC) 3/4 are the highest you can get and Foundation (again IIRC) 5/6 highest you can get.

So if you sit the Foundation the highest mark you could come out with is a 5 (if that makes any sense).

nailpolish Fri 17-Aug-07 14:48:36

gawd i feel old now
i have 'o' grades

ShrinkingViolet Fri 17-Aug-07 14:53:36

I was the first year to sit Standard Grades, and they were a nightmare - none of the teachers really had a clue about coursework, and didn't really approve of it anyway.

Tamum Fri 17-Aug-07 14:55:19

I don't understand this- my stepchildren only got As and Bs 10 years ago or so, and I haven't come across numbers at ds's school now. Maybe I'm missing something.

ShrinkingViolet Fri 17-Aug-07 14:56:06

I got numbers back in 1986...

Tamum Fri 17-Aug-07 14:56:14

(missed you this morning btw naily!)

meandmyflyingmachine Fri 17-Aug-07 14:56:21


Tamum Fri 17-Aug-07 14:58:10

Oh blimey I'm confused now. What on earth were my stepchildren doing then? <hopeless stepmother emoticon>

nailpolish Fri 17-Aug-07 14:59:39

aw thanks tamum i really wanted to come but it would ahve been a rush across town then back again to collect dd1 at school

another time definitely

i lurve harvey nics too, i can be all la-de-da and eat the strawberries and champagne sorbet

meandmyflyingmachine Fri 17-Aug-07 14:59:45

It says it was 'phased in'...

TheQueenOfQuotes Fri 17-Aug-07 14:59:59

Tamum - was that at "GSCE" age - or were they doing CSYS's or Higher Grades?? (A/AS level age) They both have the "normal" A,B system

nailpolish Fri 17-Aug-07 15:00:14

did you ahve a nice time btw?

TheQueenOfQuotes Fri 17-Aug-07 15:01:05

I did my Standard Grades about 12yrs ago (something like that ) and they were already "standard" AFAIK in Scottish Schools (unless they went private and did GSCE's anyhow )

mankyscotslass Fri 17-Aug-07 15:03:12

I sat my "o" grades in 1986 & they too were numbered. I have a feeling we were among the first to have this?
BTW sound like she did ancient greek o grade result was a 4

TheQueenOfQuotes Fri 17-Aug-07 15:03:19

"The Standard Grade system is now being slowly phased out in favour of the Scottish Qualifications Authority's Higher Still system, as many, students and teachers alike, feel that the jump from Standard Grade to Higher is too difficult, "

- are they serious about that?? I'm no "bright spark" and I didn't find the jump from Standards to Highers difficult???? (apart from in subjects I was already cr*p at )

ShrinkingViolet Fri 17-Aug-07 15:03:20

only Maths and English were available to start with, so I have a mixture of S Grades with numbers and O Grades with letters

Tamum Fri 17-Aug-07 15:03:20

No, it was definitely standard grade, QoQ, but my brain is so addled that I have probably mixed it up with remembering their CSYS results .

<Naily, yes, a lovely time thanks- we got there too early for HN to be open so went to Jenner's with all the Morningside laydeez instead>

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