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predicted grades

surely these should be abolished?

If you don't do well in year 12 you cannot apply to good unis which makes it a frustrating situation if you turn it around in y13 and do well in the actual A levels. I feel like the system needs a refresh.
That’s a fair idea - although it’s always far more likely that they are over-predictions rather than students exceeding them (though of course that can happen so you are right).
However, it’s difficult to see what would replace it, there are far too many applicants for it all to be done after results day, unless everyone applying to uni had to take a gap year, and surely there would be more outcry of this sort if students applied in U6th with no predictions and it was all done on GCSEs.
What would you suggest?
Original post by lesgo21
surely these should be abolished?

If you don't do well in year 12 you cannot apply to good unis which makes it a frustrating situation if you turn it around in y13 and do well in the actual A levels. I feel like the system needs a refresh.

Agreed.

A much better process would be that you get your A level results in mid-August and then immediately apply, for a January start. So they just push the academic year of universities back a few months to accommodate the application process.

Much simpler. Much fairer. Less stress all round.
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Original post by DataVenia
Agreed.
A much better process would be that you get your A level results in mid-August and then immediately apply, for a January start. So they just push the academic year of universities back a few months to accommodate the application process.
Much simpler. Much fairer. Less stress all round.

Yes, there needs to be a way where people who exceed their predicted grades do not need to reapply and take a gap year
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Original post by squiddy135
That’s a fair idea - although it’s always far more likely that they are over-predictions rather than students exceeding them (though of course that can happen so you are right).
However, it’s difficult to see what would replace it, there are far too many applicants for it all to be done after results day, unless everyone applying to uni had to take a gap year, and surely there would be more outcry of this sort if students applied in U6th with no predictions and it was all done on GCSEs.
What would you suggest?

I suppose the removal of AS has added more subjectivity to y12 grading as well.
1) Every school has a different way of devising predicted grades, and using different metrics.

2) UCAS and all the Unis know that all schools over-predict and game the system for false advantage - and that private schools are the worse offenders,

3) Post-results offers sound easy. It isnt, and every 5 years or so the idea is investigated by UCAS and always abandoned as unfeasible.

4) Having worked in two countries that use this system, Sweden and Australia, I can tell you that 'sudden execution' on Results Day isn't much fun either - and it is not in any way a better or fairer system.

Why dont you write to the Education Minister with your ideas for system reform - at the moment its Gillian Keegan, but it could be Larry the Cat by next week

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