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Does anybody know if my son could take foundation and higher exam at the same time, is their any rules that say that he cannot. ? Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
Does anybody know if my son could take foundation and higher exam at the same time, is their any rules that say that he cannot. ?
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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suspended#1
i think its one or the other, because they both have to be completed at the same time, i think anyways
#2
LOL @ foundation.

GCSEs = easiest thing I have ever done.
#3
we were never given the option - he should know what grades he's expecting and should make his decision based on that, and with advice from teachers. also depends on subjects - in languages you can do a mixture (between listening, reading, speaking) and still get high grades
#4
i don't think so. he has to take one or the other.
#5
Thats the problem he has been projected to grade B........however he got an Fin his higher paper in December, retook this at Foundation and got a D. When he is doing mock examinations he seems to be able to get a grade C easy...however once in the hall under exam conditions he cannot perform. Don't really know where to go from here.
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Heppy
Thats the problem he has been projected to grade B........however he got an Fin his higher paper in December, retook this at Foundation and got a D. When he is doing mock examinations he seems to be able to get a grade C easy...however once in the hall under exam conditions he cannot perform. Don't really know where to go from here.


Ha reminds me of me, if i could do it again go for foundation, def grade D, nothing worse than aiming higher and falling flat on your ass. a pass is pass at the end of the day, but F's look bad
#7
But he is so disappointed with himself and I cannot understand what goes wrong when he is in the hall doing his official examinations. He is only 13 years of age and was on acelerated learning programme, so I know he has potential
#8
give him some practice in exam conditions at home maybe?
that may help him get used to it :)
other than that, its only really a case of confidence and familiarity. he needs to build those and he'll be fine :)
banned#9
Sounds like you've put too much pressure on him....when I did mine I ended up cutting all my hair off and handing it to my Mum in a bag - she cried

and yes I got worse grades than I was predicted and getting in mocks.
#10
Heppy
But he is so disappointed with himself and I cannot understand what goes wrong when he is in the hall doing his official examinations. He is only 13 years of age and was on acelerated learning programme, so I know he has potential


he sounds a lot like me.
i totally choke under exam conditions despite knowing the subject area.

He cannot take both at the same time but from what you have said i would recommend him being entered for the foundation.

What subject is it in? if its not english or maths it really doesnt matter tbh, as long as he gets enough GSCEs to get onto his Alevels (although if he struggles in exam conditions it sounds like he would be better suited to a Btec)

But as you have said he is only 13. if hes not passing now it may be best just to withdraw him all together for this year maybe try again next.
#11
I'd leave him to learn at his own pace and take whichever exam he feels confident in passing. Just give plenty of support but dont push him into doing an exam that he may not want to do as that will only make things worse. :thumbsup:
#12
The JFK
LOL @ foundation.

GCSEs = easiest thing I have ever done.


Why do you never, ever have anything constructive to say on a subject. It is always "lol @ this" or "lol @ something else". You never actually say anything do you? And then you wonder why people don't like you. You make me sick.
#13
shibi din
Why do you never, ever have anything constructive to say on a subject. It is always "lol @ this" or "lol @ something else". You never actually say anything do you? And then you wonder why people don't like you. You make me sick.


People don't like me because jealousy is a terrible thing.

LOL @ the playa haterz.

JFK = ballin' and influencin'
#14
shibi din
Why do you never, ever have anything constructive to say on a subject. It is always "lol @ this" or "lol @ something else". You never actually say anything do you? And then you wonder why people don't like you. You make me sick.


He's just a daft wee kid. Let him troll and just ignore him. 99% of people here do that.
#15
Once again JFK i have reported you for trolling :).

Don't you have school in the morning?
#16
GCSEs are the biggest waste of time regarding stress and what-not. They'll tell you that they're the most important things in your life. Until you do A-levels. And a Degree. And a Masters. I'm doing a PhD and, guess what, i'm being told it's the most important . . . YAWN!

I was fast-tracked for my maths GCSEs and all that happened was that they had to give me more GCSEs to do (the system wasn't in place to go further - so going sideways seemed the school#slogical decision. lol) Don't believe anyone has ever remarked on that fascinating nugget of my life.

When I was applying for jobs during my degree, the job advisor told me not to bother putting my GCSEs on my CV because everybody is expected to have a grade at some level nowadays.

So GCSEs are not worth stressing about - and if he's being fast-tracked then why not have him sit the foundation and if he does well, or cares to take another crack, then when not have him resit the foundation paper or higher paper at a later date? This happens with modular courses so it's no biggie.

p.s. I under performed in all of my GCSEs (except English) by exactly one grade from what I was predicted and once you start your A-Levels you really get over it pretty quickly!

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