Submissions for summer 2013

Thu Apr 18 15:52:00 UTC 2013

GCSE

Controlled assessment

The controlled assessment submission deadline is 15 May. This is the date that the moderator should receive the work from your centre.

How do I submit my marks?

Depending on your qualification and subject, you can submit your marks on an OPTEMS (mark sheet) form, via Edexcel Online, or by using EDI.

OPTEMS contain the names of all the students you have entered for each coursework component in the series. If you haven't received your OPTEMS yet, ask your examinations officer for an update.

On the OPTEMS mark sheet, there will be an asterisk next to the name of each student whose work we want to see for moderation. You also need to send the work of the highest- and lowest-scoring candidates, if they are not part of the requested sample.

You can also check Edexcel Online to identify which candidates’ work needs to be sent for moderation - there will be a tick next to the sample candidates' names.

If one of the selected sample candidates is absent, please send a replacement candidate’s work, with a short note to the moderator explaining the reason for the sample alteration.

Fill in your students' total raw marks on the OPTEMS form, then send the top copy of the form to us. The address is printed on the longer edge of the OPTEMS form and an envelope should have been provided for this purpose.

Please remember to keep a copy of the form for your own records, and send a copy of the form to the moderator with the sample of work (the form is printed in triplicate).

If you submit your marks on Edexcel Online, don't forget to print out a copy of the marks for the moderator and for your own records.

Where do I send my work?

On the OPTEMS form, there is a sticky label with your moderator’s name and address details. Use this to address the parcel of work sent to the moderator. Alternatively, you may view the moderator details on Edexcel Online on the same page you enter your marks and view your sample.

What if I need an extension?

If you're unable to make the deadline due to circumstances outside your control, you may apply to the subject team for an extension.

Extensions are only granted under exceptional circumstances for unforeseen events beyond the centre’s control. In particular, please note that Edexcel does not grant extensions to centres for internal teaching, administrative or staffing issues.

All extension requests must be sent in writing to the relevant subject team at Edexcel.

Detailed information is available in the Internally Assessed Components chapter of the Information Manual.

March results

March results for both 360Science and Science 2011 were released to centres on 17 April.

If you wish, you can make an Enquiry about Results (EAR). The deadline for application is 16 May 2013.

You can see grade boundaries here.

Summer 2013 resit entries

Don't forget that there is now a two week window for you to change your students' June entries for the units they sat in March. Providing that these resit entries are made by 30 April 2013, we will not charge you late entry fees for these entries.

360Science

The 2006 GCSE 360 Science specification has run its course, with the last set of exams being sat in March (2013). There will be no further opportunities to enter exams for this qualification.

A level

New! Podcasts for GCE Biology and GCE Physics Unit 3 and Unit 6

We have produced brand new podcasts to offer you extra support in preparing students for GCE Biology and GCE Physics Unit 3 and Unit 6, particularly with marking the reports that students produce.

Prepared by our Principal Moderators, these podcasts focus on the aspects of assessment criteria where our moderating teams find most differences between centre-assigned marks and the moderator marks. Podcasts will complement the Internal Assessment Guides we produced last year, which were complete with new exemplar material illustrating how the assessment criteria for these units should be applied to students’ work.

We have produced a separate podcast for each unit, broken up into sections corresponding to the different marking sections for each unit:

Biology Unit 3
Biology Unit 6

Physics Unit 3
Physics Unit 6

Coursework submission

The coursework submission deadline is 15 May - this is the date that the moderator should receive the work from your centre.

If you are entering through route A (centre marked, externally assessed), then you need to send your moderator the sample of work requested, plus any evidence of internal moderation, if this has been necessary.

If you are entering through route B (externally marked), then you need to send hard copies of all your candidates’ work to the marker.

In both cases, don’t forget to send (1) the declaration sheet signed by the teacher and the candidate and (2) the practical work record sheet.

Scientific article for A level Biology (6BI05/01)

The scientific article for Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination (6BI05/01 and 6BI05/01R), for use in the June 2013 exam series, is now available on the website under ‘Assessment Materials’. To access this document you'll need an Edexcel Online username and password.

BTEC

For those centres that are also registered for the new BTEC Level 1/2 Principles of Applied Science:

NQF Principles of Applied Science
All students sitting the external assessment for the NQF Principles of Applied Science Award on 18 June 2013 need to have been entered for the exam - not just registered on the qualification. The entry fee for the first sitting is included in the registration fee and then any further resits will cost £13.50 per learner.

Sampling assignments
Sampling this year is not mandatory if certificating in 2014 and no units have been completed.

However, even if you wish to certificate in 2014, the SV should see the assessment plan along with the assignment briefs and they will provide feedback on this.

Stephen Nugus
Science Subject Advisor
teachingscience@pearson.com

 

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