I have Psychology with EdExcel, and I'm an A grade student. Took unit 4 in January and got a D. I thought that was just cause I'd been going through some hard stuff and didn't have my mind on revision... but my teacher ordered our papers back and that was one hell of a shock. I could see where I went wrong in most places but in others I can't see where their logic was at all! I suppose I'll just have to work harder and pray that I fall within the lines of their logic next time*rolls eyes*
used the exam board twice for RE short course and food technology, never really bothered me, but sympathies in your case
Just thought I'd reopen this debate to add that I got back my German listening paper from Edexcel which got a mid C (when I am an A grade student - in my GCSE I came in the top 5 in the country) bringing my overall grade down to a B (4 marks from an A).
I'd had it remarked, but there was no change in the grade, so I was rather shocked to see that, when I saw my paper, I'd only had 1 mark knocked off the whole of the paper except for the writing question, for which I received 0. I showed it to my teacher and neither of us can understand how I did so badly to get 0/16 for that question, when the question before (about the same excerpt) I got full marks. So I obviously understood it.
I'm confused, but I've already paid for the resit.
Let's just say that if someone from Edexcel happened to be anywhere near me at this point, I would quite happily murder them, and to hell with the consequences.
I know someone has already made this point but I'll say it anyway: why don't schools just change boards?
I took AVCE ICT (2 years early) with them this summer and they really screwed up my marks. On one unit where I actually got 84, they gave me 40 and on one unit where I actually got 63, they gave me 0; so in total they gave me 107 marks less than they should have, meaaning the C that I should have got came out as a D. It wasn't just me they did this to though; EVERYONE in my school who took AVCE ICT got at least one grade lower than they should have done, so the teachers have sent everything back to be remarked. My teacher told me it looked as though they'd got our work mixed up with the work from another centre. Morons!
I'm actually taking 3 out of my 4 AS-levels with them; all except sociology, which is AQA. Hopefully, they're ok with arts subjects and they only screw up on the sciences (although that sucks for all you scientists!)
I agree entirely with you, though OCR are the dodgiest board in terms of their assessment, Edexcel are an adminsitrative and supportive HASH up.
Most state schools do edexcel because the LEA pays for them to do it. I think that all schools should do CIE, its worth tonnes more because people dont cheat on their coursework. OF course that is just for GCSE. People who have had their alevel results messed up by edexhel, I feel very sorry for you.
Everyone at my school is fed up with Edexcel!
In our French Orals, our school keeps getting marks taken away from us because the examiners think the teachers must have prepared us too much, when of course they haven't.
The head of modern langs, went to a conference and apparently all the teachers were so outraged that they all walked out and the meeting had to be abandoned. Also apparently some of the Heads of Depts from other schools rummaged through the chief examiners desk to find out the statistics, because everyone was so furious about the marks!!!