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Is there any actual evidence about the corrolation between the number of GCSE's taken & the grades achieved?

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KatyMac Thu 21-Feb-13 21:23:04

That I can access?

'cos I'm a pain & I want to know

forevergreek Tue 26-Feb-13 13:06:10

It also depends on what sixth fom/ college thu want to go to. Some accept with a couple of a-e grade, others ( like one I mentioned) require 8 grade b or above to stay on and you can only study those at a level with a grade a or higher. 6 a stars wouldn't get you a look in.

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 26-Feb-13 13:59:03

The colleges katymacs dd is hoping to apply to will probably only want minimum academic qualifications at 16 or 200 Ucas points at 18.

LIZS Tue 26-Feb-13 17:07:59

If you suspect she hasn't achieved her BTEC Science there isn't much point in her doing 2 Science GCSEs as well. Better to get one solid qualification in it .

OddBoots Tue 26-Feb-13 18:48:34

I'm about to start a thread on it but the goalposts have been quietly shifted in some subjects, most notably in the performing arts subjects. The school's league table will only be able to count one of them so it's not in their interests to have her do the drama if she already has dance.

KatyMac Tue 26-Feb-13 19:10:22

But LIZS they stopped the BTEC lessons at the end of yr9 & started GCSE lessons; I have no confidence in them at all. We had agreed no RE (Citizenship/ethics) with Head of Options & I found out before half-term he teacher doesn't know that, so had entered DD in for the exam.

KatyMac Tue 26-Feb-13 19:11:59

Oddboots - that doesn't surprise me; they seem to know little about the exams as a whole (wrong exam board/qualification written in the options booklet for several exams)

OddBoots Tue 26-Feb-13 19:14:34

Ah, this one isn't down to the school, this is a new sly (and in my opinion) unfair change that has just come in with no publicity, even to the subject teachers.

KatyMac Tue 26-Feb-13 19:20:40

With any luck DD's teachers won't find out & she will be OK; don't publicise it too much......pretty please?


OddBoots Tue 26-Feb-13 19:36:12

Sorry Katy, I was already typing the thread.

KatyMac Tue 26-Feb-13 19:41:15


Mind you we only suspect about the BTEC science......she may not even have been entered

alanyoung Wed 27-Feb-13 18:59:14

14 GCSEs is ridiculous. When are these children ever going to have time to enjoy themselves?

forevergreek Wed 27-Feb-13 21:13:54

I actually don't remember 14 gcses being that bad, the 5 a levels after were a nightmare though!

KatyMac Wed 27-Feb-13 21:54:13

DD will be giving them a miss

sashh Thu 28-Feb-13 06:57:44

Sashh - why do you think schools do it?

No idea. It might be time tabling, something that simple.

Possibly school teachers are more academic and that's what they know from their own school days. FE lecturers often come from industry so look at things a bit differently.

Maybe there are rules that have to be followed.

I really don't know.

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