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Submitting your controlled assessment marks

7 February 2018

This update will help you with the process of submitting your marks to us for Edexcel GCSE Business Unit 2 and Applied GCSE Business Units 1 and 3 Controlled Assessment.

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Submission date: 15 May 2018

The final date for submitting your controlled assessment marks and samples of work for the summer 2018 series is 15 May 2018.

By 15 May 2018, you must have submitted your controlled assessment marks to us, and have sent your sample to the moderator. Each student's work should be accompanied by the candidate record sheet attached to the front of their work using a treasury tag.

You'll find the candidate record sheets in the course materials for your qualification, under 'forms and administration'.


Marking to the standard

Several examples of marked work are available to help exemplify the mark scheme band descriptors.

Principal Moderators' Reports also contain lots of useful guidance - you'll find them under 'examiner reports'.

Internal standardisation

In large centres with multiple teachers, it's essential that you carry out internal moderation before you finalise the controlled assessment marks. You should sample double-mark, selecting mark points within the same band from different teaching sets. The double marking should continue until you are satisfied that you have achieved comparability.

Internal standardisation should ensure that your centre's candidates are ranked correctly.


It's important that you annotate the controlled assessment to show the moderator how you have interpreted the mark scheme and applied it to the students' work.  You should mark and annotate the work in ink (rather than pencil).

Indications in the margins as to where specific assessment objective bands are perceived, together with summative comments at the end of each part of the controlled assessment, are ideal. Please ensure that the audience for your comments is clearly the moderator rather than the student.


You should not attempt to grade the work; you should be marking the work by applying the marking criteria in a consistent manner.

The controlled assessment and coursework grades will be awarded at the end of each examination series using the standard code of practice awarding process. Grade boundaries, which are subject to change each exam series, are published on the grade boundaries page. For summer 2018, they'll be available to download from results day (23 August 2018).

Please also remember that the mark you submit to us should be the total raw mark, not the UMS mark. The UMS marks are allocated by us as a result of the awarding process.

A score of zero should only be used if a candidate has submitted work that is found to meet none of the assessment criteria. An X should be used for any candidate who is absent.

Submitting marks

Your marks should be submitted online through Edexcel Online. Make sure your Edexcel Online account has the 'Basic Access' and 'Coursework and Portfolio' permissions boxes ticked. 

You must print out a copy of the marks for the moderator and for your own records.

If you've already submitted a mark but it needs to be amended (for example, because of an administrative error), please email the details to

On Edexcel Online, from mid-April, you'll see a tick next to the names of those students whose work needs to be sent for moderation. You also need to send the work of the highest- and lowest-scoring candidates in addition to the requested sample. If any of the called-for candidates have been withdrawn or have incomplete submissions, please provide additional candidates' work of a comparable level, along with a covering note.

The name and address of your moderator will be available on Edexcel Online when the sample is up from mid-April.

JCQ notice to centres – informing candidates of their centre assessed marks

Centres have, for many years, been required to have a written internal appeals procedure relating to internal assessment decisions. As part of this procedure, candidates must be told the mark given by their centre for a centre-assessed component/unit. This applies to A level History coursework. The Joint Council have recently issued some Frequently Asked Questions about this process.

Read the Joint Council's FAQs about informing candidates of their centre assessed marks  


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