Why are GCSEs dismissed as simple?Watch
Despite the latest GCSE reforms that have seen the GCSE grades turn to 9-1, instead of A*-G,and the syllabuses being made tougher (some even taken from AS or A level) with more of a focus on memorization, I feel like on TSR and sometimes by articles that GCSEs are quite simple (if you need evidence I'll show some). What are your opinions on this? Feel free to counter this and give your opinions but please no major disagreement, hatred or trolling. Thank you x
Obviously it isn’t the easiest thing in the world but I revised last minute (almost literally) and managed to pass.I always failed Re and thought I’d get my predicted grade which is 3 (I even failed my mocks like literally) and at the end of I got a 9 boi a 9.Ok this was the first year but if I can pass so can everyone
Not to mention in some cases this is vice versa due to circumstances, performance on the day and a laid back attitude towards revision due to overconfidence.
However congratulations all the same! What were your other grades, if you don't mind me asking?
Where's your evidentiary information or at least anecdotes or just a cocking argument to back up your point? 'Bcause they are' does simplt not make for a compelling point. If be happy to pack up my point. Please back up yours before you make a statement like that. Thankyou
My “evidentiary information” 😅 alright, pick up an A Level paper in any subject and see how well you do. I’d be surprised if you (or anyone fresh out of GCSE) received a grade.
It is well known that A Level (second half of AS Level onwards) content is not only a tier above GCSE content (most professional employment orgs look at A Level results over GCSEs), but also vastly more intense. It is basically a pre-requisite for A Levels that you are able to study independently without constant guidance from your teacher.
I got fairly good grades at GCSE - mainly Bs with the odd A in English Lit & Lang and A* in history without any revision and I took the same mindset into A Levels and failed miserably the first time.
You might think studying 3/4 subjects will reduce the workload compared to GCSE but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
We have newbs coming out with 1st class degrees
Thats why the job market is the way it is
Comparing GCSE’s to A Levels, an undergrad degree, and a postgraduate degree, yes, GCSEs are very simple comparatively.
That said, I remember my GCSEs being very hard and daunting at the time. When people call them simple, credit should be given to the context that GCSE students are usually taking their first official qualifications and that they are juggling multiple subjects (often >10).
if anyone of any ability can pass then it's "simple"
some of the questions on papers are like multiple choice or require one word
like in biology a question could literally be what is the nucleus
and anyone i mean anyone who has attended lessons or read the textbook or made notes or remembers learning this can answer it
yes not all exams are like this but even in an english gcse the examiners will try to give you marks. for gcses examiners are our friends they'll always award marks for things (not saying they're biased but they try to help)
16 is fine. compare it to the rest of the world. everyone has problems. just gotta find ways to combat them without blaming the education system.
As many have said they are easy compared with higher level exams so we all remember them as being easy compared to what we're doing now.
The fact the media keeps reporting that they are dumbing down. Some in the media qualified under GCE's or O levels. When I took GCSEs we had no internet, think of all the extra resources available to students now. I'm not saying they are easier but as grades have increased what is the general public suppose to think, go out to any town centre and your hardly surrounded by geniuses. It may be anecdotal but I saw two teens getting on a bus and they couldn't work out the bus fare ( 2 × £2.40). Unfortunately this leaves people with the impression that youngsters have qualifications and yet are stupid therefore the qualifications are worthless.
The thing is this is generational and one day you'll be the same ( in my day we had to work hard for our qualifications, you kids nowadays etc etc), even if it's not true.
That makes sense as comparatively rhey would he, otherwise they wouldn't be a qualification taken as such a young age, however they are not up to date on new GCSEs and what it is like and occasionally lack empathy as some (though this doesn't represent all) adults don't appreciate how competitive it is for youth now, and also difficult (presumably due to an increase in world thus country population) and the impacts on students due to this, despite the fact that they were once adolescents too.
I think perhaps the hardest thing about GCSEs - which possibly fewer people appreciate once they're a few years past them - is the sheer volume of them. I had something like 24 exams at GCSE, compared to about 7 at A-level and 5 at the end of my first year at uni (although obviously the later exams were longer). It takes a bit of stamina!
one module could equal 5 gcses. And the detail needed is huge