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C1 in January?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by smillsj, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. smillsj

    smillsj New commenter

    Is this what you do? We are thinking of doing S1 in January and C1 and C2 in June. I would like to know what other combinations people take including in A2.
     
  2. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    Most schools seem to do C1 in January and S1, C2 in June.

    Having a relatively early Core exam has the benefit of being a wake-up call for those kids who are coasting - or to "encourage" those who really shouldn't be doing maths beyond GCSE to do something else instead!
     
  3. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I have seen schools very successfully sit D1 in January and then C1 and C2 in the summer.
    Some students haven't sorted out their C1 skills by January. They improve as they prepare for C2. Getting the applied module out of the way in January means that students have to pull their socks up to A level standard but a lot of them find D1 (or S1) easier than the C1 at that stage.
     
  4. gdunne42

    gdunne42 New commenter

    Edexcel (if it makes a difference)
    C1 Jan, C2/S1 summer for similar reasons to above, with C3 in Jan and M1/C4 in summer of A2
    Another local college does same at AS but M1 in Jan and C3/C4 in summer citing the overlap between C3&C4 calculus as a benefit for students and managing the timetable of sessional tutors as a benefit for the college/staff.
    Local grammar does not do Jan exams at all in Y12 prefering to use the extra teaching time it releases to prepare better for the summer exams season.
    Whatever you think works for your students but the wake up call element is very important to ours.

     
  5. Edexcel D1 grade boundaries in January have put us off trying this again, they were very high this year, nearly 60% to pass.
     
  6. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    But the exam is stupidly easy!
     
  7. Indeed but any slip up is expensive and the same students can get at least a grade better (with the same raw score) by doing the exam in June. Whereas doing C1 in January does not have the same variation in grade boundaries.
     
  8. To clarify:
    You believe (i) The papers are made easier in January or (ii) The cohort is better in January?
     
  9. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    We never do C1 in January, and that is the main reason why they get all get A or B first time - the work they do on C2 and the time taken to do a multitude of past papers means they are ready in June. Remember some unis will not accept retakes of modules, so I would not want students to risk getting a below-par grade in January.

    We always do C3 in January Year 13, because we start teaching in June for 5 hours a week, so can cover all of the work and do revision well before the Mocks in December.

    All other modules are done in June.
     
  10. Getting the applied module out of the way in January means that students
    have to pull their socks up to A level standard but a lot of them find
    D1 (or S1) easier than the C1 at that stage. [​IMG]
     

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