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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:26 am 
I was wondering how many A'levels a child normally does at GS and if GS are quite flexible and let very bright children do a higher than average number. Is 4 A'levels (excluding general studies) the norm or is it generally 3, and for those who sit a large number of A'levels does it tend to be a foreign student sitting their own foreign language A'level, inflating the number of qualifications they sit?

Some independent schools sit AS and A2 at the end of the sixth form - do GS do the same and does anyone know of GS who will be offering the Pre-U?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:58 am 
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Hi Tipsy - where I am it varies - many do 4 A levels - some do 5 and a very few have done 6! We don't have many that 'inflate' this by doing their native language - a few do this at GCSE.

If a child can cope we let them do what they want - obviously a pairing of Maths/ Further Maths is probably not twice the work as there is overlap.

I don't know anywhere around here considering the pre-U; I think people will want to know a bit more about it.


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Same here, 4 to 5 A's but now also have option of IB.


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"normal" load would be 4AS in Y12 then 3 A2 in Y13, but option to do more. Son's school trialling the AQA bacc.


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Not Grammar School specific but interesting..

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_a ... 733431.ece
10 A-levels? Easy! :shock:


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But what would you do for fun? :wink:


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Sorry I think that is just sad - I would prefer my child to do sport, meet people, play music, enjoy life ....


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It's the best argument in favour of IB that I've heard yet.

Mike


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:55 pm 
Do GS count General Studies as 1 A'level because the indie's I'm looking at do it but don't count it? Only asking because I want to understand the exam results comparitively.


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Tipsy, many Bucks GS don't do General Studies anymore because Universities don't always count it.


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