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does anyone know name of school that doesnt do GCSEs or A levels?

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sensit Sun 28-Dec-14 19:05:57

does anyone know name of school that doesnt do GCSEs or A levels? I found this school on the internet and cannot find the link again. They get all their pupils into university without doing GCSEs or A levels and apparently the universities think very highly of these pupils. If anyone can help please???????

tilder Sun 28-Dec-14 19:12:13

So what do they do then? Baccalaureate?

Madamecastafiore Sun 28-Dec-14 19:13:19

Anglo European does baccalaureate.

bloodyteenagers Sun 28-Dec-14 19:18:02

Anumber of colleges also do baccalaureate instead of a levels.

ChristmasEveSteve Sun 28-Dec-14 19:18:56

Brooksomething just outside Winchester?

EnolaAlone Sun 28-Dec-14 19:25:56

Ruskin College?

DoctorDonnaNoble Sun 28-Dec-14 19:28:04

I think there are now several private schools offering their own alternatives. It is unlikely you will find a state school following that path due to the system of league tables.

LIZS Sun 28-Dec-14 19:29:09

the American schools such as in Cobham, Atlantic college, Hockerill ?

LIZS Sun 28-Dec-14 19:40:58

UK IB schools. Most will offer IB Diploma as an alternative to A levels only , but a few may offer the Middle Years Programme which covers the GCSE years, age 11-16.

skylark2 Sun 28-Dec-14 22:12:09

Loads of schools do the IB and some do something called Pre-U which is an A level alternative.

happygardening Mon 29-Dec-14 14:48:34

Some independent schools offer the harder Pre U instead of A levels most of these will also do IGCSE rather than GCSE.

MissMillament Mon 29-Dec-14 14:53:35

There are a number of schools, as other posters have said, who do the International Baccalaureate instead of A-levels. However, this is by no means suitable for every pupil and can be considerably harder to do well in depending on the pupil's abilities and aptitude. What sort of school are you looking for OP? Are there particular subjects your DC wants to study that don't fit with GCSEs and ALevel?

Smugnogplease Mon 29-Dec-14 15:02:22

Acorn school nailsworth. They now have one called London acorn school I think. Fee paying. Amazing school

NotMyChashkaChai Mon 29-Dec-14 15:02:56

Do you mean summerhill where all classes and examinations are entirely voluntary?!

Saracen Mon 29-Dec-14 16:45:14

Do you want to say a bit more about the young person? How old is he/she now? Why are you not in favour of the exam route; does your teen not get on well with exams? Any specific academic interests?

People might be able to make some more suggestions in addition to the school you are trying to remember.

Eastpoint Mon 29-Dec-14 16:47:36


Hakluyt Tue 30-Dec-14 13:00:00

I suspect they only don't do GCSE and A Levels because they do IGCSE and IB.

You can get into university without the standard qualifications, but it is unusual and difficult. Much better to just jump through the required hoops, honestly.

Coconutty Tue 30-Dec-14 13:03:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hakluyt Tue 30-Dec-14 13:39:15

It is sometimes possible to get into some courses at some a universities by interview and portfolio or similar. But it has always been very difficult and becoming increasingly so. Whatever Home Educators tell you!

happygardening Tue 30-Dec-14 15:13:46

I met this Home ed group with super super bright boys all with IQ's in excess of 160, quite a few had gone onto or were going onto very good universities including IC Exeter Bristol Durham etc none sat A levels all had done OU courses, they were also heavily involved and very successful in many international competitions e.g. Robotics.

Ohmygrood Tue 30-Dec-14 15:14:48

happygardening - did they go straight onto OU after GCSE's?

happygardening Tue 30-Dec-14 16:36:39

As far as I understood it no GCSE's just OU modules. They were a very unique group with what can only be described as some very unique children in it. Most had only ever been home educated a few had been advised not to send their DC's to conventional school, we're talking about children on the spectrum rreading degree level physics papers at 3 and 4 yrs old. They had links with science/math depts and two of the countries top universities. They primarily focused on sciences/math. It was a very organised set up.

JustALittleBitLost Tue 30-Dec-14 16:41:31

"reading degree level physics papers at 3 and 4 yrs old"

This sounds a little...unusual!

Hakluyt Tue 30-Dec-14 17:09:58

Like the poor little brats here here

Essexmum69 Tue 30-Dec-14 18:28:41

The open university does not require any formal qualifications to access its courses so anyone can sign up to a module at access or level 1. I know several sixth form students who have done modules along side their A level studies.
As Hakluyt says most students need some form of written qualification to access a mainstream university, that can be A levels, IB, Pre U, Btecs or other university credit. I would be suprised if there was a school somewhere getting their pupils into university every year with none of those.

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