August 22, 2017
A level results from Carfax College, Oxford have seen some brilliant performances this year. The majority of leavers will now be heading on to their first-choice universities, to read a diverse range of subjects including Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering, History, Geography, and Modern Languages.
The achievements of our re-take candidates who re-sat exams after previously sitting them elsewhere were particularly striking:
Over 90% of final A level results were improved by at least one grade.
Over 40% of final A level results were improved by two grades or more.
For individual modules, the average improvement was 22.7 UMS marks.
” These impressive results are a testament to the hard work of our pupils and to the dedication of their wonderful tutors,” commented Rupert Alesbury, Principal of Carfax College. “Many congratulations and the best of luck to all our successful leavers as they move on to an exciting new stage in their careers.”
A private college situated in the heart of Oxford, Carfax College specializes in providing the highest quality one-to-one and small group tuition. Group courses begin in September and January, but individual courses can start at any time of the year. Short-term and part-time courses are also offered all year round, including weekends and holidays.
August 22, 2017
In advance of Thursday’s GCSE results, Carfax Tutors would like to wish heaps of luck to all our pupils – almost of whom worked incredibly hard in the run-up to their exams, and some of whom discovered that their interests might lie beyond the narrow confines of the national curriculum – and to explain briefly the new 9-1, GCSE grading system.
The new grades are definitely tougher. There is no longer a foundation level, so all students will be studying the same curriculum. And there is less coursework, with the examiners having decided to give (or take) the majority of marks on the timed exams in Year 11. The grades run from 1-9. 9 is the highest, higher than the current system’s A*. They are designed to increase the accuracy of the marking, and to inject a new level of possible achievement into a system which, many believe, has become too simple over the years.
Only three subjects are affected this year – English literature, English language and Maths. Science and other subjects will be marked this way in 2018. Over the next two years, all remaining subjects will transition to the new grading system.
Universities have assured schools that they are ready for the new system. Of the nine grades available, a 7 will mark the lower end of an A grade, an 8 the higher end of an A and lower end of an A*, and a 9 will be higher than the current system allows. A 4 is equivalent to the lower end of a C grade.
So a 4 will be the basic requirement for these core subjects, English and Maths. A 5 will be a ‘strong pass’. Pupils shouldn’t worry too much about this. We can’t be sure what effect two levels of ‘pass’ will have, but the government is insisting that universities will accept the 4, just as they currently accept the C. The subtleties of the grading may be more consequential to Ofsted, and school leagues tables, rather than pupils.
We can’t deny that there is uncertainty around the new system, and it is not totally clear what range of grades will be required at, for example, Oxbridge entrance. Where before it was easier for bright students to achieve 11 A* grades, they will now have to work harder. But competition for the best universities has always been tricky, and the most academically capable will continue to score excellent results.
August 14, 2017
Carfax Education Group founder, Alexander Nikitich, is quoted in a recent China Daily article:
“Many young people in China want to ensure that their academic performance is supported by training in the personal qualities that will make them excel in the multinational workplace of the future,” said Alexander Nikitich, founder of Carfax Education Group.
As a result, the Group receives more requests from students who want to use the summer to develop their skills in areas such as interview training, presentation making, English language for maths and sciences and career planning.
Talent development at summer camp is increasingly popular among Chinese students. “We had a student who has been the national math competition prize winner, and a student with a desire and ability to sing opera,” said Nikitich, who has worked in the industry for over 20 years.
The demand from Chinese families has grown so much in recent years that Carfax opened a dedicated Chinese desk three years ago operated by UK-based Chinese-speaking education consultants.’
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