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  1. Buyer71

    Entering Australia mid Year 11

    Hi, My 16 year old daughter arrives in Melbourne in 2 months time after completing her 10 exams GCSE's in the UK and will enter into the middle of year 11 at our local school. Looking at the Victorian education board website it appears to be that she will only need to pass half her GCSE to be considered having reached the equivalent of full year 11 results. Does anyone know how the comparison assessment would link into ATAR scores as my daughter would like to study Physio therapy and this would require good ATAR scoring. In addition she will have GCSE Spanish and I understand that language skills are beneficial to ATAR scoring. The alternative option is for her to go into year 10 and start the VCE in Jan 2018, however she is fairly mature for a 16 year old and has outgrown a number of our present school peers which means I feel that would almost be worse for her adjusting socially.
  2. Guest

    VCE English vs English Language

    Hi, I'd like to seek some clarification from readers of the forum regarding the VCE English (which is compulsory) and English Language (which is optional) subjects. Can anyone tell me the difference please. My daughter will be starting Year 11 next Feb and wants to take the equivalent of English Language A Level in Aus and we are not sure which subject this will be. She's also considering doing units 3 & 4 of the compulsory English in Year 11 (she got a GCSE grade A for English and so is quite competent). Has anyone done this, or can anyone give advice on how the compulsory VCE English subject compares to GCSE English. Many thanks, Simon
  3. We are moving to Victoria in August and I have a 16 y/old who will start studying for her VCE early next year. She is worried about how what she has covered in her GCSEs will translate to the new system. Anyone got a daughter or son who has made a similar transition. If she were staying in the UK she would be starting A levels in September. Thanks Jon
  4. My family and I are moving to Melbourne (East side) in October and I am trying to get to grips with the secondary schooling system. I found a good link to the VCE rankings in Victoria and so have been using this to judge whether a school is good or not. My findings are that the expensive private schools are clearly at the top of the table plus the selective girls schools (much like the UK). Then the lower paying fee schools seem to be next generally followed by the non-fee paying schools. My 14 year old goes to a regular school in the UK and wants to continue to go to a co-ed as she has lots of male friends (and I mean friends) which i think is a good thing. So my dilema - I can't afford an expensive private school but could afford a low paying fee school. Does anyone have experience of either - is a low paying fee school any better than a regular school - what are the benefits? I have just started looking in the Berwick area and have found Beaconhills which comes about 200 in the VCE ranking and also liked the look of Berwick Secondary which comes about 300. I know that VCE results do not necessarily mean that the school will be a nicer place to attend but how else can i make a choice? Any thoughts will be great!
  5. Guest

    Please help GCSE or VCE

    Hi everyone, I have a dilema, We are coming to be in Melbourne in Jan/Dec 2009. My daughter who is 15, 16 in January and in year 11 was all set to come to Oz with us and start a new school and do the australian equivalent of our GCSEs. Now she is pondering weather to stay and finish her GCSEs here and maybes come over later and do the Oz ones. My dilema is, I dont want her to fly on her own for a 24hr flight, (we cant afford to go and get her). I really want to make a go of it in Oz, but Im worried, she is right what if we dont like it and she is left with no GSEs (whos the parent here). Am I being too optomistic, she is a very bright girl, but if we decide to stay here and make a life she will need the oz exams. If she doesnt come with us my middle son will be unhappy hes(7) almost 8. Sorry for rambling Im just in a muddle at the minute.:unsure: Any advice would be really appreciated, anyone found themselves in this situation.