As the thread title suggests, I'm doing GCSE English (language) and am going to sit my exam next week.
I'm taking it with AQA and sitting it under the Foundation tier, partly just to play it safe, but also, because my tutor advised me that it's still possible to gain an overall B, despite not sitting the Higher exam.
I did reasonably well in my coursework/controlled assessments, generally performing to a B standard, (6 Bs and 2 Cs) and was told that because of this, a B was "perfectly possible", as long as I do well in the exam, and get enough marks. However, when I more recently asked for more detail, she has gone on to tell me that she is not sure if this is the case or not.
Before anyone says, I do know the general idea of Higher being A*-C and Foundation being C and below, but I've heard so many varying theories on this, that I wanted to check if there is anyone in the know on here.
My assumption is that the C restriction in Foundation applies only to the exam itself, rather than the actual GCSE overall, since the coursework is not tiered. By this logic, I would assume that provided one has enough marks prior to the exam, (around 94 in my case) they could obtain a B overall by sitting Foundation, but would require a substantially higher pass in the exam, gaining around 80-90% of the marks.
And before you suggest I sit the Higher tier, I've asked and apparently she's put everyone in Foundation and it can't be changed. (sounds a bit dubious to me)
Anyway, I digress, but if anyone knows and can share, it would be appreciated.
You can easily get a grade B,doing a foundation paper.You need 70% overall and getting full marks in the foundation paper,will mean you only need just over 70% to get a B and if you get less on the paper,then you need more on your coursework.