What has changed for the Part A of the assessment?
The change to the condition of the assessment is that the pre-release period has been shortened and learners will be provided with a Pearson-set research pack, instead of having to carry out their own research.
We have worked with our subject and assessment experts in designing the Research Pack (Part A) to ensure that it will stimulate and engage the learners to respond with a sound level of understanding. As such, we expect the introduction of the Research Pack (Part A) to provide accessible and meaningful information to enable all learners to grasp the context and engage with the assessment.
We believe that the provision of research of the same quality to all learners will support learners who may have been disadvantaged by not being able to access good quality research.
What has changed for the Part B of the assessment?
Nothing has changed in Part B of the assessment, either in format or style. The change that has been made is in the mark scheme, where the focus is now on the need to ‘use market research’ rather that ‘obtain market research’.
Why has Pearson made these changes?
There are two fundamental reasons for the change:
- increasing levels of evidence that different learners and different centres are having variable experiences in their interaction with the assessment and;
- the outcomes of the assessment over recent series have seen significantly increasing levels of homogenous learner response which makes it increasingly difficult to differentiate outcomes within the awarding process for the unit.
Have you made changes to the timetable to reflect the Unit 2 changes?
Yes. We have removed the Part A 10-day window for learners to complete the practical investigation and added a 2-hour review period on the morning of the Part B assessment. The Part B set task is timetabled for the same afternoon.
Is there a new administration guide that we can refer to that takes into consideration the new arrangements of Unit 2?
Yes. We will be issuing an updated Administrative Support Guide to reflect the changes to the Part A document that is released before the start of the Part B examination.
Can you confirm the supervision and control for Unit 2 Part A and Part B?
Part A and Part B must be conducted under medium-control supervision. Full details of supervision controls can be found in our Instructions for Conducting External Assessments (ICEA) document.
What is permitted in the two hour reading period in the Part A of the Unit 2 exam? Can students discuss and ask questions etc?
Learners are not allowed to discuss the Part A document and tutors/ teachers/ invigilators cannot give learners any support or guidance during the Part A period. The Part A reading period must be conducted under the same level of medium control as the Part B.
Can students make notes during the Part A review period and bring these notes into Part B?
Students can bring hand written annotated notes from their review of Part A materials into the Part B session but no other materials other than the Part A document should be present for Part B.
What level of supervision is required over lunch between Parts A and B? Can students keep their annotated copy of Part A during this supervised lunch?
Annotated Part A materials should be collected in following the morning review session and redistributed to learners at the start of the Part B session.
Should we retain Part A at our centre? If so, for how long?
Yes. Centres must retain each learner’s Part A document and keep it securely until the end of the Review of Marking and Moderation period. The Part A document must not be returned to Pearson with the Part B document.