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what grade does your school require to do an A level in that subject?

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user1484040234 Wed 08-Nov-17 19:41:38

My Kids' school currently requires a B grade to do an A level subject. For next year it's going to be a grade 7 with a grade 7 in Maths to do science subjects. Have other schools changed their requirements with the new linear GCSE/A levels? A 7 is supposed to be an A. This is a local comprehensive school.

Judashascomeintosomemoney Wed 08-Nov-17 19:45:47

Just on the way home from DDs GCSE info evening. They are required to get 7 or above to study the subject in sixth form. Two associated schools with a sixth form each so required grades get you in to either. One is a selective girls school, the other a super selective boys school (both sixth forms are mixed).

Tissunnyupnorth Wed 08-Nov-17 19:48:31

Has stayed the same at DD’s comp. Minimum of a 6 (B) required for A level. Though some subjects, Maths & Science require a 7. A 6 at GCSE in Maths is the required minimum to do an A level in Science.

Stickerrocks Wed 08-Nov-17 20:22:36

Our local 6th forms have so many places to fill that they will accept 5s, with a 7 for maths being the exception. You don't need a GCSE in history or geography to take them at A level either.

Kazzyhoward Wed 08-Nov-17 20:24:35

Our local 6th forms have so many places to fill that they will accept 5s,

That's just setting the kids up to fail and waste their time.

clary Wed 08-Nov-17 20:25:33

My DCs' school will require a 6. To do psychology A level this year you needed a 6 in maths. B in letter subjects was fine so it makes sense.

Ta1kinPeece Wed 08-Nov-17 21:00:29

It depends on the subject.
DCs college has always wanted top grades for maths and sciences (old A* / A)
and good for languages (B minimum)
fluffier subjects allowed lower grades

ButFirstTea Wed 08-Nov-17 21:08:30

7 isn't quite an A, more like a very high B/low A. Lots of A levels required an A in the school I used to work in but it depends on which subject I think.

Sofabitch Wed 08-Nov-17 21:12:52

grades C/5 and above.

I scraped into college with 5 Cs and did fine.

Has the boundary moved that far!

user1484040234 Wed 08-Nov-17 23:27:03

I thought 4 is low C, 5 is high C/low B, 6 is high B, 7 is A, 8/9 is the old A* split up. The school required B for this and previous years, so I think they have gone up a grade, a 6 would be a good B.

BackforGood Wed 08-Nov-17 23:58:12

Just back from an open evening tonight (at a Grammar school). they want 7s for the subject you want to study at A-level, or 8s in Sciences and / or maths.
It's my first one of the round this year, so don't know how typical that will be, or if it reflects the fact this is an over-subscribed 6th form.

user1484040234 Thu 09-Nov-17 00:00:25

Wow back for, that's A*s in science and maths!

noblegiraffe Thu 09-Nov-17 00:44:27

7 is definitely an A, they're setting the proportion of 7+ to be about the proportion that got A+ in the last year of the old GCSE. The 8 isn't A*, it's high A, low to middle A*, so it's actually easier to get an 8 than it was to get an A*.

charlmum60 Thu 09-Nov-17 05:04:26

Most 6th form's in our area are looking for an average of B across 5/6 subjects with certain specific subjects requiring an A (7) or higher (Maths)

Stickerrocks Thu 09-Nov-17 09:25:36

It isn't setting them up to fail though, It's giving them the opportunity to take A levels in subjects they want to take. There are many people who don't expect to get into RG universities, but who genuinely want to study a subject at A level. 6th forms should not and cannot shut the doors to thousands of students who have met the government target for an acceptable number and level of GCSEs. What about all those kids in failing schools who haven't had the opportunities which grammar & private schools offer? Why should they be written off when they may flourish in a different environment.

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 09-Nov-17 12:57:59

Ours needs an A*/A or a minimum of 7 to do that subject at A level.

(Entrance to 6th Form requires a minimum of 7 x A(or 7) and 1 x B(6) from their best 8 results though.

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 09-Nov-17 12:59:47

Yes ours requires 8s for Further Maths and Sciences too but you can do Maths with a minimum of 7 .

BubblesBuddy Thu 09-Nov-17 13:00:12

They are not necessarily going into a different environment if the GCSE requirements are at their own school or another similar school. Neither do they have to study academic A levels. They should look at what mid level GCSEs usually lead to regarding A level results and take it from there. If these results mean the students come out with DDD at A level then university choice will be limited. That may not matter of course. Alternatively there are other qualifications that may be much more suitable where the student would enjoy greater success. All avenues should be explored.

noblegiraffe Thu 09-Nov-17 13:24:15

It's giving them the opportunity to take A levels in subjects they want to take.

Is it fair to the students to let them take subjects they want to take knowing that the most likely outcome is that they will crash and burn? When you look at the stats, the lower your GCSE grade, the bigger the chance you have of completely failing an A-level. Now most schools are restricting kids to 3 subjects, they don’t even have the option of dropping their worst subject - they would probably have to resit Y12 on a more suitable path that they should have been guided into from the start.

tiggytape Thu 09-Nov-17 15:35:58

7 isn't quite an A, more like a very high B/low A

No - that is not correct.
A Grade 7 is exactly equivalent to a Grade A
It is true that there are some grades where an exact equivalent no longer exists but a Grade A / Grade 7 isn't one of them:

Grade 9 = above A* and capped at around the top 3% of all entrants.
Grade 8 = A* (but not quite in same position as it was before)
Grade 7 = A
Grade 6 = high B
Grade 5 (a good pass) = low B or high C
Grade 4 (a standard pass) = C

DS has just moved into Year 12. All of our local schools kept requirements as before (but we only had new grades for English and maths).
Mostly it was 5A*-C (or 9-4) grades including English Lang and maths
With a minimum Grade 6 in the subject to be studied at A Level except for maths where Grade 7 was required (and some schools require a Grade 8 for Further Maths).

Some selective / private schools asked for a similar overall minimum profile but wanted A Grades (Grade 7) in the subjects to be studied for A Level.

ifonly4 Thu 09-Nov-17 17:02:43

DD has just left secondary. An 8 was required for maths and A for a language or science.

The school she moved to required an 8 in maths if doing a science subject and As in any subject she wanted to continue with (I was so relieved when she unexpectedly received an 8 in maths and could do biology). I do know of another school that requires what where As in every subject they continued with, but they had to gain at least five As. Around here a lot of schools seem to require higher grades and the feel is that higher grades will be required for other subjects.

BringOnTheScience Thu 09-Nov-17 18:16:22

Average of 6 across the board to get in, with 7 or 8 required for some specific subjects.

IB providers locally wanted 7/B for Higher subjects.

cricketballs3 Thu 09-Nov-17 18:49:43

don't forget that it is only maths and english that have history with the new grading, so other GCSE subjects are guessing as to the requirements for the new A Level specs which have also increased in difficulty

sadeyedladyofthelowlands63 Thu 09-Nov-17 19:16:17

I teach English in a comprehensive school and we require a level 6 (in English language and English literature) for A level.

AlexanderHamilton Thu 09-Nov-17 19:27:37

The school Ds has just left required an old B grade (new Grade 6) to do A levels. Interestingly it's a selective school.

At his new school (comp) it's Grade 6 in most subjects except for maths & science where it is Grade 7.

At dd's school you need Grade 6's.

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