Grades are hard to understand
In effect, it does not matter whether students score 1935 or 3535, they still attain the same UMS mark. These discrepancies between French and German occur in all foundation papers. Why has AQA made it easier for a student to achieve a better grade in German than in French?
Students and teachers have had their hard work undermined by an exam board, which thinks it appropriate to move the goal posts. Is this done to fulfil some predetermined pass rates, or merely to compound public perceptions of languages being difficult subjects?
In addition, it is already difficult enough to judge whether students should take the foundation or higher paper and this clearly further confuses the issue.
Head of modern foreign languages
High Tunstall school, Hartlepool