December Teaching Science Update | Pearson qualifications

December Teaching Science Update

9 December 2022

Welcome to the December Teaching Science update. In this update you will find news on the following items; equation sheets, open letters from Ofqual on 2023 assessments, IAL Biology pre-release scientific article, the new View from the Lab podcast and Forensic Science Christmas lectures.

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GCSE Physics and Combined Science equation sheets

Following the Ofqual consultation on equation sheets, it has now been confirmed that students will be given revised equation sheets for GCSE Physics and GCSE Combined Science (physics component) for the Summer 2023 exam series. You can view the consultation outcome on the Ofqual website.

International GCSE Physics, Science Double Award and Science Single Award equation sheets

Equation sheets will also be available for January 2023 and Summer 2023 exams for International GCSE Physics, and also for the Physics components of International GCSE Science Double Award and International GCSE Science Single Award (Science Single Award is not available in January).

We will be publishing all equation sheets on our website and will let you know when these are available.

Arrangements for 2023 assessments - open letters from Ofqual

Ofqual have published letters to heads and students about arrangements for GCSEs, AS and A levels and vocational qualifications in 2023. You can view these on the Ofqual website.

IAL Biology pre-release scientific article

The Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level Biology Unit 5 (WBI15) pre-release scientific article for the January 2023 exam series is now available on our website.

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You will require an Edexcel Online (EOL) account to download the article. Your Exams Officer will be able to create an EOL account for you if you don't already have one.

The pre-release scientific article can be given to students so they can study and annotate it over the coming weeks in preparation for those specific questions on the Unit 5 examination paper.

Students are not allowed to take their annotated copy into the examination room - there will be a fresh copy inside the Unit 5 written examination paper. In the unlikely event that this is missing, or if you do not have enough copies, you can download the article from the qualification page.

If you have any private/external candidates registered to sit this examination, please provide a copy for them too.

View from the Lab podcast

Our latest 'View from the Lab podcast’ is now available on 'diversity, equity and inclusion in science education'.

Forensic science lectures

The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures this year are on 'Secrets of forensic science'. They will be broadcast on the BBC in late December. More information, as well as resources can be found the the STEM learning page.

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