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A-level Results

Today !!
A worrying time for Sons & Daughters ?
And of course the Media have the obligatory opening of the Individual results envelopes.
Mostly girls, for some reason !!
And no doubt the more accomplished Pupils put up for the events.
With hopefully for the School, and Pupils, good Pass Marks

It's a bit like a live Proposal On Air !
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A-level pass rate FALLS for the first time in 32 years but record numbers of students will go to university... and boys outdo girls in top A* grade
With of course all the obligatory photo's of successful Students !!
(For Students..... read Girls !)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2724648/A-level-results-lead-record-numbers-students-heading...
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My A-Levels:
Maths               Grade A
Further Maths  Grade A
Physics            Grade A
I didn't go to University, straight to the BBC.
I achieved a better position within the BBC in 3 years, than if I had joined after University, this was pointed out as being likely by the BBC Interview Board at the time.
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Is the BBC still preferable over university?
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It was many years ago !!
Cannot speak for today, too many Media Students with no actual ability or experience !
I have yet to work with one who has equal or more knowledge & ability after 3 years at Uni than I had after my initial 3 months training at BBC Evesham

But.... they are cheap !!

One Media Studies course is just Critiquing films for 3 years.
No actual Broadcast training at all.....

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A-level pass rate FALLS for the first time in 32 years

I've not seen any comments in the press about A-levels now being harder than they used to be!
Is that because it doesn't cause outrage amongst Daily Mail readers?
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I did the Uni thing.. and if I'm honest it was the biggest waste of 3 years I ever had!
I now earn above average money in a non skilled job, as my own boss.
In fact I earn more than my sister who is a teacher.
The best form of education is life (unless you want to be a brain surgon)  Cheesy
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A-level pass rate FALLS for the first time in 32 years

I've not seen any comments in the press about A-levels now being harder than they used to be!
Is that because it doesn't cause outrage amongst Daily Mail readers?

I think it is because Students are opting for the "harder" but more relevant subjects, such as Maths.
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The announcing of A-level results help fill the newsprint with easy/lazy reporting. A bit like the annual debate on change the BST  clocks really.
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@devonian,
You are spot on with your statement that the best form of education is life.
I Sometimes wonder if a university education could be detrimental in some cases as it may give people the false idea that gaining a degree is a guarantee of a job in their chosen field and when this fails to happen they may be left with the feeling they have failed in some way.
The fact many start with a debt of £27,000 cannot help matters.
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It depends on your field of employment though. Many careers require a university qualification.
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Agreed @andy h but devonian is bang on about life experiences (surprisingly pleasant to say that  Smiley). It's a bit like the driving instructure teaching you to pass the test then you learn to drive
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I did the Uni thing.. and if I'm honest it was the biggest waste of 3 years I ever had!

But we've forgotten what we once knew  Smiley
I did A levels but went on what was called a "thin sandwich" course at polytechnic. That was a student apprenticeship 6 months at poly and 6 months at work every year!  So I was at work and studying with a job at the end of it!
Why do the options have to be either or?  Undecided
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For me I had 3 choices after sixth form.
Full time on the farm with Dad, the Military, or Uni.
So off to Exeter I went.
did I enjoy the Uni experience?
Kinda... There are far to many students with big ideas for my liking. But the social aspect was great.
Did I gain anything?
A few friends... and that's it!
I left into unemployment, and went into cooking and became a grade 1 chef through my local college.
So yes, 3 years wasted.