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Are exam reforms to blame for top universities’ GCSE entry requirements which favour private pupils?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘At least half of the institutions in the elite Russell Group of universities have GCSE entry requirements which appear to favour private school pupils.

    Tes has found that universities are asking for relatively lower grades under IGCSEs than they are for the reformed GCSE.

    With independent schools allowed to take the IGCSE but state schools prevented from doing so, the entry requirements give private school pupils a potential advantage over their state sector peers.’


    What do you think?
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Bit of a storm in a teacup that we debated a few months ago. This is about minimum GCSE grades to have them even look at your application. If you can't get a grade 5 you probably won't get the A level grades they really want either.
  3. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    So what is new? I was applying to Universitys in 1978, most wouldn't look at you unless you had good English and Maths O levels. A good few also wanted a pass in a modern foreign kanguage regardless of **** you wanted to study
  4. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    This issue comes from the fact that there is no one-to-one correspondence between the numerical grading system and the letters one. Really there should be only one GCSE sat by private, state and international students so a fair comparison can be made. IGCSE was developed for the international schools, it's main purpose is to look as hard as the GCSE whilst being far easier. Why else would small international schools in Spain with only one or two qualified teachers pick it?

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