O Levels? Dude, are you from the 70s??? Or from A DISTANT LAND?
We've got two levels of maths in our high-schools and A-levels (or the equivalent) and I'm comparing it to the higher one, so no sweat. Also the grading system is completely different, it's based on normal distribution, so the best 5% always get the best grade, the next 15% get the second best and so forth.
Ahh, I see. There've been a record number of 'A' grades here, which have caused the newspapers to bleat about EXAMS GETTIN' EASIAR!! That'd be solved by this. However, doesn't it give unfair advantages to people in weak years? Like if I go to a class filled with numpties, I get an A, but if it's full of geniuses I get a C, even if I score exactly the same in each class? I suppose that no one ever blames teachers for the situation though there hehe, as the results are always the same right? 5% As, 15% Bs and so on! Thinking about it, that DOES sound pretty good!
Oh, we have two levels of maths too! If you want to look up something called 'Further Maths' on those examination board websites, you'll find it. Like the best of the best mathematicians do that here (i.e. not many people at all do that here), so I imagine it's a little harder hehe. I think it's called an 'S-level', but I've never really been in a position to find out about it, sucking at maths and being shunned by the maths department and all.