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AQA Science A Scheme of Assessment from September 2011

Discussion in 'Science' started by ajmacleod, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Just wondering when other schools are entering students for their exams...
    Currently, at KS4 we teach our specialisms. Students have equal lessons of Biology, Chemistry and Phyiscs over their fortnightly timetable. For the past few years we have examined students in June of Year 10 for Core (with opportunities for retakes later on) and June of Year 11 for Additional. Now the 40% rule has complicated matters somewhat!
    However, this is what we have decided to do:
    - June of Year 10: The first 90 minute combined papers for Core (35%) AND Additional (35%)
    - June of Year 11: The second 90 minute combined papers for Core (40%) AND Additional (40%). We will also submit CAU marks for both Core (25%) and Additional (25%) in June of Year 11 and obviously we will certificate them.
    Therefore, the only major change to our system is that we have to teach part of core and additional in both Years rather than Core in Year 10 and Additional in Year 11.
    How are other schools addressing the 40% rule for AQA Science A from next year?
  2. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    We certify the Science GCSE in Yr 10 so they meet the 40% rule by completing all the exams / coursework in June of that year. The only issue will be retakes as they will need to retake at least two of the three science to meet the 40% threshold
  3. If you certify them in Year 10, don't they need to retake everything in Year 11 if they need to retake?
  4. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    No it should be 2 of the 4 (if you include the coursework).
    Have you got access the e-aqa? It should help you to decide how to teach (and assess) the students in each year. If your school has always used the aqa then your exam's officer should be able to give you the username and password that will allow you to access the parts of the aqa you need.
  5. ferrisbueller

    ferrisbueller New commenter

    Remember, if students do resit, then that result stands - can be very risk, particularly when the exam counts for 40% of GCSE.
    I'm expecting science results to go down as a result !! + more written responses at Core will mean many students struggling.
    Can't wait for it all to start !!!!!
  6. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    I will be glad to see the back of frivolous retakes where the child does not take the exam seriously. Pupils which have genuinely tanked in their exams still have the opportunity to improve but a lot of the others will not bother.
    The cynic in me suggests that the results will be down in the first year but future cohorts will show improvement due to governmental policies!
  7. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    We rarely let ours resit, in almost all cases they do better - down to the fact that only a small number of students are able to resit.
    As for the written paper, I'm hoping to see an improvement, many of my students are unable to access the objective tests as the grid for answering is too hard for them.
  8. Does this mean that all of Biology will be examined in one paper or that B1, B2 and B3 will all be sat at the same time?

    Thanks x
  9. steve_cooke

    steve_cooke New commenter

    BBC news says all the current modules taken at the end until new exams can be designed.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13922439 Why did ofqual push on with introducing new science GCSEs when the government had made clear in the White paper that this change was coming?
  10. So we have to get ready to teach the new Spec in September this year, only to have to do it all again in 2 years time!

    Now there is an efficent use of teachers' time by the government.
    Does anyone know how this will affect the core science/additional science model - as the final exams are usually after 1 year? Are the government planning on lumping it all back together?
  11. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    I don't think the content is likely to change for 2013, only the assessment structure. Bearing in mind that we are due new A level specifications for 2013 as well, I would hope that some joined up thinking will occur.
  12. ferrisbueller

    ferrisbueller New commenter

    LOL [​IMG]
    The powers that be have no clue what it is to be a teacher these days, particularly when they want us to pay more for less and work until we drop. Every year, for the past 6 years I have been rewriting KS3, KS4 & KS5 schemes of work with no extra time to do it, except in my own time at home.
    Things are just getting ridiculous !!

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