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The end of Modular Science from next year?

Discussion in 'Science' started by aurwin, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Looks like OFQUAL are about to put an end to module exams and resits in nearly all subjects starting with students in Y10 in Sept 2012. The model would be "all assessment" at the end of 2 years.
    http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/files/2011-06-27-ofqual-letter-to-michael-gove-unitisation.pdf
    Not clear whether the Core and Additional GCSEs count as a 1 year or 2 year courses and thus not clear whether there would be exams for Core at end Y10 and Additional at end of Y11 or both would have to be at end of Y11.
    Also not clear as to the future of Controlled Assessment/Coursework.
    Exam Boards would save a fortune. Also no further need for IGCSE option. BTECs etc won't count for league tables (unless they decide to adopt separate 'Vocational' tables.
    Comments?
     
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    It's a step back in time. I'm punch drunk with changes to curriculum, lost the will to fight. Just do as they say.....
    It will favour the long view and those who can retain learning for >2 years. This is not a bad thing for those who are good at that. Whether this is what our students and the people who educate or employ them want or need is another matter.
    Best wishes,
    P
     
  3. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Occasional commenter

    Its an interesting document. There are two areas which particularly affect science courses in my view. Any school which starts GCSE in Yr 9 in September should not enter pupils for modules as they are in the cohort which must have their exams terminally; early exams would potentially be a waste of time and money. Equally the question over additional / core science remains - can pupils complete a whole GCSE in Year 10 or will they have to complete all exams at the end of Year 11?
    The good news is that, in the short term at least, any modifications to specifications will solely be about assessment arrangements.
     

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