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Grade 4 or 5?

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Namechange16 Fri 26-Jan-18 20:11:59

What are colleges and unis wanting? What grade will be now classed as the C in the classic "A* to C"?

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PumpkinPie2016 Sat 27-Jan-18 07:37:53

Latest I heard is that a 4 is a pass and a 5 is a good pass. I know that at my school, for entry to our sixth form, we are looking for 5 and above.

I teach Science so this is our first year of the new grades and exams - to be honest, we are dreading the results because the specimen papers have been so difficult.

noblegiraffe Sat 27-Jan-18 10:06:37

Justine Greening wrote a letter saying that everywhere that used to accept a C should consider a 4 good enough.

Whether they actually pay attention to that letter is another matter.

Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 11:47:29

I looked through a load of uni prospectuses over the last few months. Only one (and I can't recall which : sorry) said it wanted 5s and I assume it just hadn't been reprinted yet.

Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 11:48:16

We did change parts of our A level admissions policy because of this : it is all a bit of a shambles at the moment!

Namechange16 Sat 27-Jan-18 14:55:35

It's just so unclear at the moment. If we have students that are respectable 4s, should we push them and stress them out to grade 5s??? 4 seems fine to me but it's what colleges want isn't it.

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Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 14:57:23

No, they don't : they want 4s! Or do you mean sixth form colleges?

Namechange16 Sat 27-Jan-18 14:57:39

Just looked on one of my local college's websites. Entry requirements are " six passes at GCSE including two at Grade 6." Well what's a pass??

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Namechange16 Sat 27-Jan-18 14:57:59

Sixth form college

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Namechange16 Sat 27-Jan-18 15:00:01

Ok another college was a bit clearer: "6 GCSEs between 9 to 4 including English, Maths or Science."

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Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 15:01:45

Yes, well as I have said on previous thread these colleges are up their own arses and need to be challenged. If a 4 is fine for ALL unis, why not for SFCs??

They just haven't changed their admissions since the update! It isn't fair on students.

Are you in a competitive area with lots of SFCs and providers?

Namechange16 Sat 27-Jan-18 15:06:11

So unis say a 4 then? We have quite a few colleges round us but not many seem to actually offer a full range of alevels.

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Piggywaspushed Sat 27-Jan-18 15:11:53

Yes, I said that upthread ...wink

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