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Sorry I feel like having a moan at the moment cuz I can't seem to concentrate on my Chemistry revision lol.

Anyways I've been thinking about the different tiers we get put in for, and wouldn't it be fairer if we all sat a G-A* paper. That way we can achieve what we want, without being cut off at a C or a B. Or like one unfortunate lad I spoke to last night, got put in for the wrong paper, and even though he's done the equivalent of an A* in his coursework he'll only get a C ! Unfair or what ?

I know that there isn't any tiers in the AQA Russian (because not many people do it), or Edexcel RS (and probably a few more besides), but shouldn't it be like this for all subjects to give everyone a fair opportunity ? :eek:
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In theory, yes. But if there aren't any tiers, the distinction between each grade would become smaller and smaller, because they have to accomodate more grades within the same number of marks. It will probably become more difficult to achieve the higher grades.
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(Original post by Excalibur)
In theory, yes.
Alas, it is like Communism, works in theory but not practice :p:

The main point of tiers is so that everyone feels comfortable doing a paper they can easily access, think about a paper with an A/A* questions which would depress C/D candidates if they weren't able to do it and so they don't the proper chance to demonstrate their ability. If you're trying to accomodate around 8 grades it makes it very hard when setting the Grade boundaries because how can you correlate how good the top candidates did in accordance with the lower candidates...hard to describe but think of it as how do you that the top tier students did as well as they could have because they are being tested on E/F and D/C as well B/A/A* questions.
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AQA B History is untiered, that's a rare one that does seem to work. But the grade boundaries are always difficult to set, as a couple of others have said. Certainly scientific subjects, there's such a difference between an F and a B candidate that sitting the same paper would be pointless, in my opinion. But yes, getting A-grade coursework and having to sit a Foundation paper must be annoying; but then again so is life...
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Don't you guys get to choose? In my school only the really bad students get put into the foundation tier. It's fair because <D grade students won't be able to answer the A*/A questions as well. Therefore they would risk getting a lower grade than D easily.
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Well, AQA ICT is 60% of the marks. Some of my friends got pretty good coursework, but because they're poor at exams, they've had to settle for a C, which could have otherwise been atleast a B.
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(Original post by xEmZx06)
I know that there isn't any tiers in the AQA Russian (because not many people do it), or Edexcel RS (and probably a few more besides), but shouldn't it be like this for all subjects to give everyone a fair opportunity ? :eek:
It's also AQA Russian's last year they aren't doing it after this year so I doubt they could be bothered to change it
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It seems pretty fair to me. As others have said, when there are 8 different grades, it's impossible to have a single paper that caters for both A* students and G students. Also, you're put into whichever tier is most appropriate for your abilities; you'll only be entered for Foundation if your teachers don't believe you're capable of a B.
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My take on it is, always do higher paper. No matter how bad you think you do, do the higher paper.
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My take on it is, always do higher paper. No matter how bad you think you do, do the higher paper.
Well, if you are capable of getting a C. If you're averaging Ds, you wouldn't really want to risk getting a U on higher.
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Yeh i agree...
there shouldnt be tiers...
it just doesnt allow students to achieve there full potential!

but its a bit too late now isnt it
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im already half way through my gcse's
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