DD is already stressing about this. She is in the middle of ASs atm and feels very worried that if she messes any up she will have to wait a whole year to retake them. I have explained that things were like this when we were young, but of course they are so used to having modules and possible re-sits now that it feels like an entitlement - a safety net.
I was out with friends on Monday whose oldest child is at uni and has had a major shock with 3 hour exams, covering a whole year's work, as the longest he had sat before were 90 minutes and they covered a couple of modules.
What I think is unfortunate is that AS levels won't be scrapped instead of just being tinkered with. It would be so lovely for young people to have a bit of a breather between one lot of high-stakes exams and the next, even higher-stakes exams, in order to do something other than study themselves into a frenzy.
Just saw yours Belinda:
All 3 of mine are studying!
But their mother who has a 20 000 word dissertation to write is eating pistachios, texting a friend, watching it rain on her washing and posting on some daft forum.