Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The worst thing that has ever, ever happened, ever!

Yes, it's so horrifically bad that it requires three "ever"s. This isn't hyperbole at all!

Last night, LC and I were talking about exam results, and at one point I noted that it was unlikely for a 'B' to be upgraded to an 'A' on appeal.

At which point LC noted that she had her History higher upgraded in exactly that manner.

And thus, the very foundations of my world were shaken - for I too have a History higher, which was also upgraded on appeal - from a 'C' to a 'B'.

Oh no!

I shall now go and hang my head in shame.


Kezzie said...

What is a Higher? Is that like an A level? I am ashamed of myself, for I was predicted an A/B for History A'level and I only got a C! I regret going out lots and not revising before my exams!

Steph/ven said...

Sort of.

In Scotland, instead of GCSEs, pupils do Standard grades, which are essentially the same. After the Standard grade, though, most students then go on to to Highers instead of A-levels. These are single-year courses, and so don't cover as much material. On the other hand, the top Scottish pupils will typically do 5 Highers, rather than the 3 A-levels more common in England.

(It's worth noting that some fee-paying schools in Scotland do offer A-levels. It's also worth noting that there is a "6th year qualification" which in theory tops the Higher up to the same level. They keep changing the name of this qualification - when I did it it was "Certificate of Sixth Year Studies"; I believe it is now "Higher Still". By any name, it's about the same thing, and more or less worthless as an actual qualification. Though it does make that first year of uni a bit easier, as the material is repeated.)

(Oh, and of course, because Highers are a single-year qualification, but High School runs 6 years, this means that there is an opportunity for pupils to either reset a failed Higher in 6th year, or even to take some additional Highers - that's how I ended up getting Highers in History and Biology.)