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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:47 am 
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Doesn't time fly! Now find myself back and in the GCSE section!!!

Our DD has just made her GCSE choices but we have been informed by the school they are dropping GCSE Maths and instead will be teaching Certificate In Mathematics. A side-effect of this is that previously my DD would have taken GCSE Statistics but now this is dropped.

Is the "Certificate In Mathematics" a worthwhile qualification and is it's prestige sufficient to offset the loss of the GCSE Stats?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:47 am 
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Could you be a bit more specific? What's the awarding body?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:24 pm 
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xyzzy wrote:
What's the awarding body?


No idea. Will check.

GCSE choices are like a maze of twisty passages all alike as far as I'm concerned.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:31 pm 
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I think Guest55 is a maths teacher, so she/he might be along soon and usually has very sensible advice. It sounds a bit odd to me :?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:57 pm 
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This may be it:

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/edex ... fault.aspx

just a new name for the IGCSE


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:55 pm 
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It's caled this instead of iGCSE so it can be included in the 5 A* to C inc En/Ma measure - iGCSE was not allowed to be included.

It's disappointing if they have dropped Stats for just this ... what is the reason?


(I am female btw :D )


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:45 pm 
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I am female btw


It was a last minute edit just in case :D


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:08 pm 
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Thanks. Yes the iGCSE for State Schools is how it is being presented.

I will make my feelings known to the school, TGS, as I too find this a retrograde step. I'm not against the iGCSE but I am against the dropping a stats qualification.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:11 am 
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Orginally DS is supposed to take iGCSE maths in November this year. We got the letter from Tiffin School back in June that they have to change back to normal GCSE. Althought the exam has been accredited by QCA for state school, there is an important difference - the qualification would appear on GCSE certificate as "Level 2 certificate in Maths", rather than using the term "GCSE" or "iGCSE". School feel that this is unacceptable - it is a confusing message for future employers. DS will take the normal one instead. Level 2 certifcate in Maths doesn't sound appealing!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:28 am 
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I would certainly complain - for anyone even slightly good at maths the GCSE system enabled them to bag 2 A*s. You could always do the GCSE maths as a private candidate but the GCSE statistics involves pesky "controlled assessment" and so needs a bit more planning.


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