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Do A-levels put students under too much stress?

Sixth-formers are today waking up to their long-awaited A-level results, with more than a quarter of entries expected to score a top grade.

Students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving results which will help them decide their next steps, be it university, work, or training.

For many students, receiving their A-level results will also bring confirmation of university places.

While exam grades are meant to create a fair system for applying to universities, A-level exams have also come under criticism from parents, educators and students.

The introduction of newer, tougher exams and tough competition for top university places means young people are facing increasing stress and pressure to perform.

What do you think? Are A-level exams a worthwhile and necessary part of education and growing up? Or are they placing too much stress on teenagers? Share your views at Speakers Corner. 

Do A Levels put students under too much stress?

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Mrchipps1
6th Sep 2019
1
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if A level students and their families think that doing A levels puts them under a lot of stress, then they need to get real and realise that if they go to University, things will be a lot harder and stressful.

plus when they go into the real world of employment, things will be much more stressful and they wont have parents shoulders to cry on.
I went to college and University in my 40s and 50s and finished with an HND in social sciences,
I lived on my own and didn't have anyone to support me, so I simply got on with it and enjoyed learning new and interesting things, that set me up for the rest of my life. So if students and families think A. level exams are stressful an hard, they should spend about 6 months away from home as trainees in any of HM forces, and work 36 hours without a break except for meals, or even several month on active service, abroad in war situations as many of my fellow soldiers did and I would have done if required as a soldier
Felix1
1st Sep 2019
0
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Life is stressful,
ElisabethR
23rd Aug 2019
2
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Oh please! No one talked about stress when we did ours. I suppose it was mostly a choice then to stay on and do A levels. However we managed ok. If someone tells you something will be stressful it becomes so. Wish I had had the sympathy and support today's youngsters do. And working a part time job as well.
Alicia
23rd Aug 2019
0
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No, they are a bunch of wimps !
MrsPat
20th Aug 2019
3
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Stress is part of growing up but I do feel for the kids as these A levels can decide your future path in life
Lionel
20th Aug 2019
2
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It was ever thus, MrsPat. We went for 'O' and 'A" levels to give ourselves a shot at whatever it was we wanted to do. I know I did.

It was a gamble, yes, but worth taking if success gave us a leg up.
Lionel
19th Aug 2019
5
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Rubbish! Utter rubbish. Life is of it's very nature utterly stressful; sometimes there's no getting away from it. Sometimes we ask ourselves if it's ever going to get better.

These youngsters have been given every possible advantage in education, even down to lowering the pass mark to a point where in my day it would have been a fail. On top of that a university place offered for straight F's? Yep! In yesterdays press. Stress? Do me a favour 'guv.

From my rather stressful retirement I'll sit back and watch how they handle the first few years of work; competition for jobs against better educated Czechs and Poles, internships and zero hours contracts. Gotta say, when they worked their way through that lot they can look me in the eye and say they know about real stress.
SusanneJ5
17th Aug 2019
0
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ecarg
16th Aug 2019
2
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Apparently if the exam is judged to be more difficult than previously the pass make is reduced to a little as 55%.
As someone who returned to education at 43 in order to get a basic
SVQ I am not really qualified to comment ,but it seems less than a pass more of a just made in through result.
sparrer
15th Aug 2019
0
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Good grief no, students today have access to mobile phones, laptops, tablets etc., we didn't even have calculators! We learned by using our own brains, by reading, visiting libraries etc., yet results were no different, those of us who wanted to learn did, others decided they were happy being hairdressers and mechanics. Several of my school friends went to uni then on to carers in business, medicine, politics and so on and are on the whole comfortably retired. Too much is made of exam results by the media year on year and it will never change.
sparrer
15th Aug 2019
2
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Should have read 'careers', embarrassed to admit I got an A in English Lit!
Wilf
15th Aug 2019
1
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I did mine back in the day and remember it was a lot of pressure then (1974) so must be a lot more nowdays as there is some much competition now.

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