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Sixth-Form Physics and Chemistry

Nature volume 155, pages 5657 (13 January 1945) | Download Citation



IT is generally agreed that the present standard of the higher school certificate examinations, which serve as a means of selection for State and county major scholarships in addition to their function as tests of a two-year sixth-form course, strains the average candidate. It is also said that they cause even the gifted boy to be cramped by a too early specialization, which reacts unfavourably on his university career and later life, a charge which is made against the open scholarship examinations at Oxford and Cambridge themselves. Some of these effects are noticeable in physics and chemistry; parts of the normal course are too exacting for the boy of moderate ability, while the boy who proceeds to the university is likely to be disappointed and unsettled by the recapitulation during his first year of work already done at school.

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