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GCSE Maths & English for full time students query.

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by daftpunk1, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. daftpunk1

    daftpunk1 New commenter


    At the moment our enrollment policy for full time students is that anyone with a level 1 in functional skills now needs to do GCSE Maths and English.

    Is this the correct interpretation of the rules that anyone with a D or Equivalent qualification now fall into this category?

    There is a huge difference in ability between a L1 functional skills exam and a GCSE at D.

    I am concerned that results are going to go down significantly this year.
  2. petrichor89

    petrichor89 New commenter

    Yes that's correct - anyone without a Level 2 'C' grade (so GCSE or equivalent) in English Language/English (as opposed to English Literature) or Maths needs to resit them until they either achieve a 'C' grade or turn 19. I'm not sure how that might work at FE level in terms of teaching and results as I'm in Secondary but thought I'd try and help if only a little!
  3. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    That is correct. Has been in transition for a couple of years now.
    Don't worry about your results going down - Everybody's results will be going down. I have never encountered so many badly behaved, disruptive students as those that we have this year. Not to mention learning difficulties. We have been set totally unrealistic targets, we are teaching up to 30 students in a class, no learning support (can't afford it) and teachers are already talking about leaving.
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  4. blueskiesmev

    blueskiesmev New commenter

    Not quite true as far as I know. Anyone with a D does have to do GCSE but FS L1 don't have to. They are not at our place anyway. We are doing an intermediary course for them.
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  5. daftpunk1

    daftpunk1 New commenter

    Hi blueskiesmev

    Thanks for replying.

    What is the intermediary course?
  6. mmm...Milk

    mmm...Milk New commenter

    If they have a c in any English, inc literature, they do not have to do gcse English. If they have achieved l1 orL2 English or maths, they have to do gcse. The fs level 2 is classed as a stepping stone qualification so if an 18 yr old comes in with FS L2 they have to do GCSE. The fact they are very dyslexic and got a u at school and getting that L1 was a monumental achievement and they haven't got a hope of passing their exam is irrelevant. That it completely stresses them out and they end up with CAMHS is besides the point. That Fe tutors are expected to achieve in 10 months with disengaged kids what 11 years in school failed to achieve seems to be ignored.
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  7. blueskiesmev

    blueskiesmev New commenter

    We are using the level 1 and level 2 award in number and measure.

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