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Changing exam board

Discussion in 'Business studies' started by Historytut, Mar 19, 2017.

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  1. Historytut

    Historytut New commenter

    My school is changing exam board to Edexcel.

    The reason?

    64% gets you a grade A.

    This seems incredible - and I don't see any job satisfaction in this as it will be too much within the grasp - the easy grasp - of our pupils.

    Does anyone else find this problem - one of self motivation and/or pupil motivation when the top grade is so low?
     
  2. Snorkers

    Snorkers New commenter

    Is this for A level? Surely we don't know the grade boundaries for any new course until the first cohort have sat the final exam - boundaries are based on the distribution of marks?

    And - on a similar line - if 64%gets an A that suggests that the papers are pretty tough. We currently do OCR business studies at GCSE and have the opposite problem: one of the papers is very straightforward, lots of candidates score high marks, so to get an A* pupils can only drop 5 marks across the whole paper - THAT'S demotivational.
     
  3. Historytut

    Historytut New commenter

    The 64% was for June 2016 AS level.

    The papers are tough in the sense there's a lot of question and quite a lot of reading. I would prepare 'tough' to be 'difficult, real test of knowledge'

    For example (fictitious papers):

    Paper 1

    5 straightforward essays

    Paper 2

    Three longer essays - depth and discussion required

    I would prefer to teach for Paper 2
     
  4. teacher4l1fe

    teacher4l1fe New commenter

    The actual paper wants more than you think, it isn't just a case of theory and being able to develop general cause and effects with balance, they want every point to be 100% rooted in the business's situation and market conditions.

    Just learning the theory and developing it fully with balance will get you a C, you now have to think on your feet and really put yourselves into the metaphorical shoes of the business owner of that in the case study.
     
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  5. selvinba

    selvinba New commenter

    Dear teacher4l1fe

    I just bought your mock exam for Year 12 Edexcel A Level Business. Would you very kindly advise me on how to get the promised free download of your sample answers. Thank you very much for your great resource. Best Wishes.
     

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