English Coursework Igcse

It was demoralising enough when it emerged that the independent sector could still sit IGCSE in 2017, when the state sector had to rush through with 100% examinations.This means that they can still take advantage of 40% coursework, 20% Speaking and Listening and 40% examination for another year – NOT a level playing field.Cambridge outline how they have adapted the reforms to accommodate the Independent Sector.They state that with the ‘Existing syllabuses with 9-1 grading options – We will support independent schools in the UK by offering 9-1 graded IGCSEs in our most popular subjects.This article lists the many independent schools who have opted out of the League Tables, and who can blame them?They are doing this to enable their students to access more straightforward examinations that will give students a greater chance of success.

All they are doing is changing the letters to numbers, for grades.This is unfair because to employers and universities it WILL LOOK LIKE students have all sat the same examinations. It appears that it is their deliberate intention to make it look like the students in the independent sector are sitting equivalent examinations, and they are not!Cambridge explain that ‘Whichever grading scale schools choose to offer, universities have informed us that they are committed to maintaining consistent entry requirements and that students with A*-G graded IGCSEs will not be disadvantaged.’ I appreciate that independent schools did not want to go ahead and deliver such a narrow curriculum, and they have clearly lobbied so they are not penalised for NOT following the UK government curriculum guidelines.If the examination is worth 60% and marked incorrectly, there is enough of a cushion for coursework to accommodate this. In addition, there are clearly differences in the academic rigour of the new GCSE examinations for English state school students in comparison with the IGCSE sat by the independent sector.If it is 100% examination, this will mean 50% of the state school students will receive an incorrect grade for their GCSE. To highlight the differences, I have included the outlines of IGCSE English Literature first examined in 2018, and GCSE first examined in 2017.With reference to the course outlines, it can be evidenced that not only are independent schools able sit coursework and be entered for exams in January and June; the examinations they are sitting are actually easier too.For the sake of a straightforward comparison I am using Pearson IGCSE first examined in 2018 and GCSE English Literature first examined in 2017.Imagine my shock when I downloaded the Edexcel (Pearson) International GCSE for English Literature and English Language Grade 9-1, first sitting 2018, only to discover that their new curriculum has an option for: ‘The qualification supports seamless progression to further study, with up-to-date content reflecting the latest thinking in the subject.It is comparable to the UK reformed GCSEs in terms of the level of demand and assessment standards.’Consequently, this leaves the English state students at an even greater disadvantage.Or, in fairness, what we should have is a UK system that examines all students equally.This is only an example of how ONE of the GCSEs is harder.

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