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Had a glimpse at The Times this morning as I was leaving and to my suprise I saw that GCSEs and A Levels are being scrapped within the next three years!
Instead we will leave school/college with 'school-based assessment and recognition of ahcievements in sport, the arts and voluntary work'.

What do people think about this?

(am trying to do a poll but think I am missing something...?)
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I'm certainly in favour of a reshuffle, the current system is a farse with far too many exams being sat over the period from Year 9 SATS to Year 13 Summer A2 Papers.

Whether or not totally scrapping GCSE and A-Level is the answer I don't know, as I believe it would be disheartening for students to keep working, and getting nothing out of it until say the 5th year of study - a sense of distraction kicks in, and there is danger of attainment level dropping off towards the end of such a course, under the new, proposed scheme.


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id be pretty pissed off cos, my qualifications will be devalued
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They would be stupid to make any major changes like this. However I did thing the more vocational GCSEs they were talking about a while ago sounded like a good idea.

Also I don't think these new As levels are a good idea either, they seem to be an unnecessary complicaction.

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recognition of ahcievements in sport, the arts and voluntary work'.
That bit is a joke though, right?
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I kid you not! I was as *searhes for right word* disgusted(?)/miffed(?) as you appear to be...bah!
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The current A-level system is about narrowing down your options so that you can specialise in the subjects you need. Personally, I was glad to drop many of the subjects. I don't see how you can go into as much depth into the subjects if you have so many subjects. The A-level system has gone through many changes, and I guess both systems have their own advantages and disadvantages.
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I kind of liked being able to specialise at AS/A2, as it meant I could drop things I hated, (English, RE, Tech, etc), Also, as I got to choose what subjects I was doing, I was more interested, so paid more attention and (hopefully) did better.

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the bit i found funny was there will only be three levels of qualification - foundation equivilant to 5 d-f at gcse, intermediate equivelent to 5 a-c at gcse and higher equlivent to 3 a levels. how the hell are uni's gonna decide who to have if everyone leaves with exactly the same qualification???


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They need to leave the system alone.

There are no problems with the system at the moment. In fact, it's probably the best it's ever been. But, year after year, someone in power always likes to make changes - simply because they can.

Wouldn't it be nice to speak to a 70-year-old who has the same qualifications you do. Then, you would be able to compare results, makings things easier for employers.

If they're going to make changes, they should simplify the system we have at the moment - i.e. GCSE = academic secondary study, VCSE = vocational secondary study, GCE = academic advanced study, VCE = vocational advanced study.
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i wouldn't have a problem with a bac cos at the moment I've got science, humanities, language and english a levels. However, it would be a disaster for people that wanted or needed to specialise. If your passion is maths and science but your crap at languages whats the point of learning them when you could specialise. Similarly I know people that will get straight A's in art subjects this year but if they had to do sciences they wouldn't have a clue.
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What? Are you saying the new system is based on learning all subjects through years 10-13? Surely one will still be able to drop unwanted subjects?
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If people want to do a subject they'll do better at it, so forcing people to do a subject is a bad idea, as they're less likely to do well in it, and will probably put off others.

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is that a yes then *look of horror*
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I'm afraid I think it is. what annoys me the most is that most people on this forum will find themselves with obscure qualifications.

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exactly, ppl will say, whats an a level???
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15 years at school (18 if you go to uni) for obscure qualifications. You gotta love the labour party, cause not only have they tried to screw candidates by implementing social policy in exam results, but have also dumbed down exams, making results appear obsolete, and know they want to scrap the lot.

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*sobs*

so say I'll have the GCSEs...and then I'll get to college and then they'll change it to 'no more A Levels' -does that mean I will have to revert to doing subjects that I would have dropped- say RE/PE etc that are totally unrelated to what I have taken...?
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I don't think so, as they'll probably have an overlap for a coupla years, so there will bew the old and new system running for a coupla years.

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im sure i read somewhere that you even have to do community service as part of this new system.
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I would expect that you will be able to drop some subjects, like you do now with GCSE's. But, I think all students should have to do PE up until they go on to University. There are too many fat kids these days, and we dont wanna turn out like the Americans.

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