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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    Agreed, it absolutely sucks, especially for those whose sixth forms aren't doing AS exams.

    I'm lucky in that mine is.

    The reason that it's so unfair is that these students didn't know how important their GCSEs would be when they took them.
    There you go.Plus my sixth form doesn't do AS exams.

    FFS stupid idiots who try to be cheeky.
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    I don't know that we'd be able to judge the fairness of the reforms until we've been through a cohort that have been subject to both GCSE and A-level reforms.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    well the OP seems convinced and he's mature.
    If they have taken AS out then by default GCSE becomes slightly more relevant, but I think the person who told the OP must have stopped tkaing their medication.

    I fin this idea of its just not fair awesome. It should be the opening line of the personal statement.


    And isn't it unfair how unis will now judge on GCSE grades?

    For example:

    A maths person before this change could've been good at Maths but not that good at English/Humanities therefore he/she picked Maths based A levels and smashed them!

    NOW:

    A Maths lover is excellent at Maths,gets A*'s in his GCSE yet he gets C's and B's in Humanity subjects,and mediocre grades in *****y subjects like DT which aren't even relevent to what they are doing.

    Isn't that too unfair.At least people could redeem themselves with their A Levels score and still get into Cambridge based on their UMS but now its their gcses which matter,half of the gcses that they have no passion for or they were forced.

    My school forced us to pick Art and now i'm failing in it due to the fact that i am not a good drawer,my talents are best used to other subjects.
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    (Original post by john2054)
    what is your degree grade average Java?
    For what it's worth, here are my results:

    GCSE
    AABCCCCCDE

    AS levels
    ADE

    OCR Nationals
    DD

    Certificate of Higher Education
    PASS

    BA
    Expected 1st

    How's that for a turn around?
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    (Original post by AGBF)

    And isn't it unfair how unis will now judge on GCSE grades?

    For example:

    A maths person before this change could've been good at Maths but not that good at English/Humanities therefore he/she picked Maths based A levels and smashed them!

    NOW:

    A Maths lover is excellent at Maths,gets A*'s in his GCSE yet he gets C's and B's in Humanity subjects,and mediocre grades in *****y subjects like DT which aren't even relevent to what they are doing.

    Isn't that too unfair.At least people could redeem themselves with their A Levels score and still get into Cambridge based on their UMS but now its their gcses which matter,half of the gcses that they have no passion for or they were forced.

    My school forced us to pick Art and now i'm failing in it due to the fact that i am not a good drawer,my talents are best used to other subjects.
    Have you got some evidence how Unis have changed their policy to judge GCSE's as more important than A levels?

    Youll be at the exact same disadvantage ( I dont believe it is one) as all the other people who wont do AS levels. Believe it or not interviewers can tell the difference, will understand the changes and form a fair decision.
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    Well done Fish, whats it in?
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Have you got some evidence how Unis have changed their policy to judge GCSE's as more important than A levels?

    Youll be at the exact same disadvantage ( I dont believe it is one) as all the other people who wont do AS levels. Believe it or not interviewers can tell the difference, will understand the changes and form a fair decision.
    yeahhhhhh

    Which.University(.com) reports that admissision managers will take GCSE's into consideration due to AS levels not being important/

    It clearly is a disadvantage.Like i said,people who are good at certain subjects excel at it,whilst doing mediocre(or not as well) on other different subjects(Maths compared to *****y Art for example).So if the past cohorts of A level students were judge on their AS levels,and they managed to do excellent in them,it really is unfair that we are judged on subjects(GCSE) which we have no passion for.
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    It seems that if someone is not doing an AS Level, GCSEs will be looked at as part of the decision on whether to make an offer. This will be only one part of the decision process - in addition to the personal statement, reference and predicted grades forming the overall decision.

    But, like I said, we cannot tell how this will affect students until the systems have a bit more certainty. (We don't know how GCSE grades A*-G will translate to 1-9 yet!)

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    (Original post by AGBF)
    Apprantly A level reforms means GCSE is now MUCH more important to unis but isn't it unfair,i mean some of our gcse options were forced upon us and others we picked as young immature people.Atleast with A levels you pick when your mature and have passion for the subject.But yh now top universities will judge based on GCSE's,and its so unfair tbh

    I've been told that GCSE matters much more due to AS being removed(more or less) and that is what univeristies will judge you by
    Tell your parents not to vote for the conservative party next time
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Well done Fish, whats it in?
    Graphic Design.

    And I refute AGBF's comment about art being *****y. :noway:
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    (Original post by Roving Fish)
    It seems that if someone is not doing an AS Level, GCSEs will be looked at as part of the decision on whether to make an offer. This will be only one part of the decision process - in addition to the personal statement, reference and predicted grades forming the overall decision.

    But, like I said, we cannot tell how this will affect students until the systems have a bit more certainty. (We don't know how GCSE grades A*-G will translate to 1-9 yet!)
    Well i'm not doing 9-1 gcse.Im doing A*-C gcse and underoing A levels reforms(my school doesn't do AS )
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    (Original post by Roving Fish)
    For what it's worth, here are my results:

    GCSE
    AABCCCCCDE

    AS levels
    ADE

    OCR Nationals
    DD

    Certificate of Higher Education
    PASS

    BA
    Expected 1st

    How's that for a turn around?
    What degree are you doing, which uni, and what is your grade average so far? I really don't see how you can turn those grades around to a first in such a short space of time, i'm afraid to say!!!
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    Tell your parents not to vote for the conservative party next time
    They didn't .
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    (Original post by john2054)
    What degree are you doing, which uni, and what is your grade average so far? I really don't see how you can turn those grades around to a first in such a short space of time, i'm afraid to say!!!
    Short amount of time? Oi. That's over 6 years and higher education is entirely different from further!
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    (Original post by AGBF)
    Well i'm not doing 9-1 gcse.Im doing A*-C gcse and underoing A levels reforms(my school doesn't do AS )
    Well, we shall see how your cohort comes out. You're guinea pigs. Any reports about the importance of GCSEs at the moment is pure speculation.
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    (Original post by Roving Fish)
    Graphic Design.

    And I refute AGBF's comment about art being *****y. :noway:
    Slightly different but awesome for you. presumably youve found your passion and know what you want to do?

    Watch limitless by any chance? They have an interesting use of Graphic design in making each show look different and its becomes intrinsic to the plot. Also a fun show, but juts pointing it out becayse its like an extra character.
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    You can still sit AS. The only thing I don't know is whether the syllabus overlaps with what would be taught ordinarily as part of the full A-level.

    Also, it's not fair that we had to sit two sets of really important exams (I/GCSEs and AS) (and get predictions for a third) within two years of school. Life isn't fair, deal with it.
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    (Original post by AGBF)
    They didn't .
    In that case all I can say is blame everyone who did. In all seriousness though, try to max out your GCSEs and POSSIBLY even resit some in year 12 if you can.

    This reform sucks I know, but in the past many people got into good universities with like AAB-ABB in AS and were given AAA offers which they had in the end with some resits in the AS etc.
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    (Original post by Roving Fish)
    Short amount of time? Oi. That's over 6 years and higher education is entirely different from further!
    you've done well. i'm not a hater. are you in your final year? and what do you hope to do for a job after you graduate??
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    My main question is thanks to the new reforms, if I get an E in biology can I argue that the grade is scrapped anyway as I'm carrying it on at A2 so there's a minute chance of me getting an A, but the chance is still there?? hm
 
 
 
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