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An expert look at...whether exams are a level playing field

Every week, one of our reporters will take a look at one of their specialist topics and offer their unique insight. This week, Will Hazell turns the spotlight on to Ofqual’s investigation into whether some GCSEs and A levels are tougher than others

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When it comes to the difficulty of GCSEs and A levels, are all subjects created equal?

In large part, that depends on the person taking the subject – a pupil might find maths a breeze but be all at sea in drama.

However, there are a number of subjects that persistently have a reputation as being more severely graded than others.

Ofqual has been digging into this issue to see if that is actually the case.

It concluded last week that the evidence was mixed as to whether A-level physics, chemistry, biology, French, German and Spanish are more harshly graded than other subjects.

It said that ...

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