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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:54 am 
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Yes two Certs. One O level, one CSE. Not gcse. Before their time.


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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:00 am 
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GCSEs definitely 1988 - I was in the guinea pig year. Although I did sit the last ever Maths O-level in the November prior and then sat OA (AO?) in June. Definitely only 1 certificate for the GCSE's


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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:24 am 
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I think when I did the joint exams it was the JMB board who did it as a pilot in the late 1970s it was then later called 16+ which then became the GCSEs in 1988.

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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:07 pm 
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I have a grade 1 CSE certificate via the same route (1976). One exam, two certificates. There was only one subject we did that, I think it was Biology.


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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:45 pm 
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Bigbirdcw wrote:
GCSEs definitely 1988 - I was in the guinea pig year. Although I did sit the last ever Maths O-level in the November prior and then sat OA (AO?) in June. Definitely only 1 certificate for the GCSE's

I am a fellow '88 guinea pig, BB! However, we took O level maths and English the previous year and indeed received two certificates. We then did AO maths in '88, a qualification I always thought was made up!

Education is forever changing, and I'm sure always will while it's in the hands of politicians ...

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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:52 pm 
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I was the last year of O levels. I have about 3 certificates as each board produced their own for all the subjects taken under that board. I seem to remember that CSEs ran alongside our O levels. Those girls in my school who were less academic were entered for CSEs in some exams with a CSE 1 only being equivalent to a 'C' grade at O level (ie the most you could get was a C grade if you took the CSE but it was an easier exam.) I think I was the first year to do a bit of coursework too - my History O level had coursework under exam conditions - it was a big thing at the time as it hadn't been done before - I went into the exam knwing I had already achieved a C grade, though!


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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:24 am 
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AO/OA (which ever it is) still seems to exist. At my DDs school top maths set do Additional Maths (which awards UCAS points, so the same as the OA/AO) where as lower groups can do further maths which does not count towards UCAS.


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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:28 am 
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It is not the same 'AO' as we took but it does attract UCAS points.


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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:21 pm 
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How confusing this English system is with multiple exam boards.

In Scotland, the exams were called O Grades and were basically the same as O Levels. There was never a CSE-type exam.

Equally important, there was only one exam board - in the olden days, the Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE). Therefore everyone sitting O Grade English or any other subject in a particular year would have sat the same exam. The same applied to Scottish Highers.

I find it really confusing there is not one overall exam in the rest of the UK which is used as a benchmark for each year.

With only an old-style O-level exam, it also meant that many kids left school with very little to show for it, which is not a good thing. I hope we are not about to return to that.


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 Post subject: Re: New GCSE format
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:13 pm 
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There is nothing new in this new report on the BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38610802

It seems Ofqual will be giving greater publicity to the changes to change awareness.

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