April 2016 science update | Pearson qualifications

April 2016 science update

1 April 2016

This update is to inform you that on 18 March 2016 Ofqual announced the accreditation of Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Sciences specifications and sample assessment materials for our complete suite of GCSE Science 2016 qualifications, and provide you with up-to-date information on our available resources and training events.

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GCSE Science 2016 specifications

You can find our new GCSE Science 2016 specifications below. You'll notice, taking the Biology specification as an example, that the following notation is used in the tables that show the content for this qualification:

  • text in bold indicates content that is for higher tier only
  • entire specification points in italics indicates the core practicals.

Specification statement numbers with a 'B' in them refer to content which is only in GCSE Biology and is not found in the GCSE in Combined Science (e.g. 1.13B).  

New GCSE Science 2016 specifications

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GCSE Science 2016 SAMs

You can find our new GCSE Science 2016 SAMs below. These sample assessment materials:

  • have been developed to support the suite of GCSE Science 2016 qualifications
  • will be used as the benchmark to develop the assessment students will take.

New GCSE Science 2016 SAMs

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Teaching and learning resources

Due to our recent accreditation, many documents are being updated to support your teaching, and these can be found in teaching and learning materials.

Training events 

Getting Ready to Teach

Over the next few months, you can join our experts at a range of events designed to help you prepare for the new GCSE Sciences. In particular, we are running free face to face Getting Ready to Teach events for you to discover:

  • more about our specifications and sample assessment materials
  • the support available to help you plan your course for all abilities using our free schemes of work
  • how to use our free tools and resources to help you assess and track your students’ progress
  • more about the practical work in the new qualifications and the implications for teaching, learning and assessment.

Preparing students for success: developing scientific communicators at Key Stages 3 and 4

This professional development course offers the complete 11-16 solution to improving literacy in science.
This full day £250 course shows you how the explicit teaching of language and grammar, alongside key scientific concepts, enables students to become skilled and confident communicators. Plus, it provides you with practical support so you can apply the principles in your teaching.

For any aspect not addressed, please contact the Science team for support, and you can join the twitter feed @PearsonSciences for regular information too.

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