Your friend is right. My mum's CSEs were graded with numbers.
My Mum's CSEs were graded with numbers, in the 1980s
Ha Thought I was right,never mind.Thanks for the replies.
So CSE's Aand O'LEVELS were both graded with numbers
I went to school in the 1980s when CSEs and O'Levels were used at the same time. This is where the confusion has arisen between the two of you. The two systems used different methods of grading. CSE's used numbers as grades, whereas O'Levels used letters.
No coursework was taken into account. Your score was wholly determined by how you performed in the exams.
You had to get an A, B or C to pass an O'Level otherwise if you got a D or E you had failed it. Grade 1 at CSE was the equivalent of a C pass at O'Level.
Yes.... cse’s were graded with numbers, and O levels were graded with letters.... I remember because I got an o level grade d in Art .... and all my cse’s were number graded. I still got a certificate for my o level grade d
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The CSEs were a multiple choice style set of exams The highest mark was 1 which was a C O'level equivalent. They went from 1 to 5 if I remember rightly.
The O'level were mostly essay based and all your course and pass mark was based on the one exam and not on the modular system. The O'level was in between the CSE and A'Level, so one had to do at least the Os to get into the A levels.
The O levels went from A-E; with the A being the top mark, the star system was a relatively new thing, and never existed during the main period of the use of this type of grading.
Thus the hierarchy was:
O levels ) these equal the now GCSE higher and foundation, thus nothing much has changed just the two are now combined into one grade system.
As usual the employers didn't like the system, the CSEs were totally ignored by them with only the grade 1 (c grade O'level) being recognised, however the majority of children taking the CSEs weren't told this before leaving school.
It's not the schools and the Government that control the educational system, but the employers who accept the grades as to be a certain standard of education, thus the recent changes when they thought the exam passes didn't reflect the knowledge of the school leavers.