A few students from our Centre re-sat Unit 3, The Knowledge Worker in January 2012. Looking at Results Plus they all did very badly on question 4, the report. This hasn’t happened in previous years so we got a couple of papers back. The marker has not given credit for the factors they have given which may affect profitability, despite lots of well written valid factors. As a result of this they have all been limited to mark band 1. The assessor has marked exactly to the 5 factors on the mark scheme which are by no means exhaustive. I have emailed Gareth Byrne but just received a standard reply about how to have scripts remarked. I have had second opinions and everyone is in agreement that the factors are valid and the marking is atrocious. Has this happened to anyone else? The mark scheme doesn’t say to allow for indicative content but it would seem incredible to expect candidates to second guess the factors on the list that Edexcel have come up with. Does anyone have any ideas?