Moving forward

Fri Feb 08 16:08:00 UTC 2013

Accreditation for Entry Level Certificate Science

A revised Entry Level Certificate in Science, based on the content of the GCSE Science 2011 course, was accredited in January 2013 by Ofqual for first teaching in September 2013.

This will replace the current Entry Level Certificate in Science specification (8938), which will have its final assessment in June 2014.

The specification and sample question papers should be available to download from the ELC Science page within the next few weeks.

GCSE controlled assessment tasks 2014

The GCSE core, additional, and separate science controlled assessment tasks for Biology and Physics May 2014 submission are currently available on our GCSE Science page.

The Chemistry tasks will be uploaded soon.

2012/13 National Training Programme

Highlights of our planned programme include:

online feedback events for our qualifications, including GCSEs and A levels
a wide programme of training for our skills qualifications: more events available soon
free training to support the launch of our new generation of BTEC 2012 qualifications: events will be available for booking soon.
We'll be adding further events to our programme, so please check our training website regularly for the latest news.

We would especially like to draw your attention to the GCSE Astronomy courses available - we'd like to see as many teachers booking onto these as possible!

GCSE Science suite: modular to linear

Please ensure that you have all the information and support you need to continue to teach our GCSEs in Science with confidence. Read our FAQs.

Summer 2013 will be the last modular session and no units can be transferred to the linear qualification, including the controlled assessment.

GCSE 360Science final sittings

Although June 2012 marked the official end of the specification, we've provided opportunities for candidates to resit units as necessary should they need to improve their grades.

The final assessment window is March 2013.

In March 2013 we will offer all units, including the Extension Unit 3 structured papers and the moderation of all IAAs and CDAs.

Please note that March 2013 is the final opportunity for all 360Science units to be assessed.

The submission deadlines for IAA and CDA moderation is 28 February for March 2013 award.

GCE A level task replacement

We informed centres via post, email, and a website update at the end of 2012 about the removal of Task ASC1: Acid-base titration.

We've been working with our examiners to create a replacement task, and I'm pleased to inform you that this is almost complete. We are performing our final checks and quality assurance on this task and it will then be made available for download via our GCE Chemistry qualification page shortly.

Communication in 2013

In 2013, we'll be focusing more on our communication with teachers in some key areas. So if you need expert answers to your specific queries, why not use these services?

Edexcel Communities
Our Edexcel Science Community provides a forum in which teachers can interact with other teachers to network and share best practice. We also provide information on any queries you may have. There is also a small resource section for non-secure documents.

Timetables, announcements, task releases and other useful information gets tweeted here. Often before announcements are sent out via traditional methods such as post and email, we tweet as soon as information becomes official.

Our examiners are standing by to answer your questions regarding subject-specific content. Use our Ask The Expert service.

Telephone service

Our telephone service is answered by a subject specialist who can answer your questions on our entire science suite, which includes BTEC, GCSE and GCE.

While this service is provided by a subject specialist, the other communication facilities are all supported by our entire science team.

Parliamentary announcement - 7 February

You may be interested to know that Parliament was addressed today by the Secretary of State for Education on revised plans to the examination system.

We're looking forward to keeping you informed when we learn further details from the Department for Education and Ofqual.

In the meantime, you can read an update here.

Stephen Nugus
Science Subject Advisor

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