Getting ready for the summer 2016 English exam series

Thu Mar 17 15:02:00 UTC 2016

Are you submitting coursework or controlled assessment?

This update contains a reminder of the processes for preparing your students' work, key deadlines, the materials you need to send to the moderator and exam timtables.

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Final dates for submission of coursework and controlled assessment

For the following qualifications, the final date for submitting your marks and samples of work for the summer 2016 series is 15 May 2016:

  • GCSE English, English Language, English Literature, Digital Communication controlled assessment
  • Edexcel Certificate in English Language (submission of Speaking and Listening marks)
  • International GCSE English Language A (Papers 3 and 4) and English Literature (Paper 3)
  • GCE A level English Language, English Language and Literature and English Literature (legacy, 2008 specification only).

By 15 May 2016, you must have:

  • submitted your coursework/controlled assessment marks to us via Edexcel Online
  • sent your sample (visible on Edexcel Online from mid-April) to the moderator.

Your moderator’s name and address will be available on Edexcel Online from mid-April. Please note that for GCSE English and English Language, you will have a different moderator for units 1 and 3.

Assessment record sheet links

Each student's work should be accompanied by the relevant record sheet/s attached to the front of their work using a treasury tag:

Remember to include transcripts/recordings and their sources used for the Spoken Language Study if you have not used Edexcel resources.

For 5EH3A and 5EN3A, please note that one mark needs to be entered on Edexcel Online:

5EH3A GCSE English, Unit 3, 'Creative English'
5EH3A Poetry (Reading) task and Creative Writing task /48
5EN3A GCSE English Language, Unit 3, The Spoken Language
5EN3A Spoken Language Study and Writing for the Spoken Voice /48

You should retain these for inspection. As you are aware, although speaking and listening is an endorsement, it remains an integral part of the GCSE English/English Language specification. All candidates must be entered for this component (5EH3B) and have marks submitted for their speaking and listening activity.

Remember to fill out both forms for 5ED03.

Remember to send an authentication sheet for every student in the sample as well as 4EA0/04 sheets for all candidates who are called for in the 4EA0/03 sample.

Reminder: International GCSEs (4EA0, 4EB0 and 4ET0) do not count in school performance measures. Edexcel Certificates (KEA0 and KET0) do count in school performance measures for the last time in 2016. Make sure that you have entered your students for the correct qualifications.

Frequently asked questions

For each English qualification, several examples of marked work are available to help exemplify the mark scheme band descriptors, the most recent from summer 2015 under ‘teaching and learning materials’ and then ‘exemplar materials’ on each qualification page.

Enhanced Principal Moderators' Reports also contain lots of useful guidance, together with several examples of controlled assessment and coursework with moderator comments. These are also on the relevant qualification pages under 'examiner reports'.

Every year, some centres have their marks changed as a result of the moderation process, so please make sure you read the moderators' reports carefully.

In large centres with multiple teachers, it's essential that you carry out internal moderation before you finalise the coursework or 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.

Small schools with only one teacher need not carry out internal standardisation. It is helpful to include a covering note with your sample explaining that you are in this situation.

It's important that you annotate the coursework or controlled assessment to show the moderator how you have interpreted the mark scheme and applied it to the students' work.

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 coursework or controlled assessment, are ideal. Please ensure that the audience for your comments is clearly the moderator rather than the student.

You should mark and annotate the work in ink (rather than pencil). If you have already annotated in pencil, please make a note to use ink next year.

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 of our website. For summer 2016, they'll be available to download from results day: 17 August 2016 for GCE and 24 August 2016 for GCSE, Edexcel Certificates and International GCSE.

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.

Your marks should be submitted online via Edexcel Online/ EDI. You must print out a copy of the marks for the moderator and for your own records. Find out how.

In order to enter marks you must have 'basic access' and 'coursework and portfolio' ticked on your Edexcel online profile. If you don’t have this, your exams officer can amend your profile.

Please note that all GCSE marks are submitted online only

OPTEMS forms are not sent out for GCSE. Marks for other English qualifications may be submitted using OPTEMS if desired.

Completed OPTEMS forms should be sent with the sample to the moderator.

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: courseworkmarks@pearson.com.

On Edexcel Online, from mid-April 2016, 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 or EDI when the sample is up from mid-April 2016.

Most GCSE controlled assessment tasks have a recommended length of 'up to 1000 words'. This total is for guidance only and there are no penalties for exceeding the word count guidance.

Please see the specification guidance at the beginning of each coursework unit which gives clear information on word counts. Titles and bibliographies are not included in word counts. Quotations are included. It is the centre's responsibility to inform students that there is no tolerance on the prescribed word limit.

While moderating your centre's coursework or controlled assessment, the moderator will write an E9 report which will give you detailed feedback on your marking and administration. You will be able to download this report on results day. Find out how to access your E9 report. If you can't access your report, please ask your examinations officer for assistance.

When are the summer exams (UK centres)?

Digital Communication

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

5ED02

Unit 2: Developing Skills in Critical Reading

1h 45m

07/06/2016

a.m.

English and English Language

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm
5EH2F Unit 2: The Writer’s Craft Foundation 2h

07/06/2016

 

a.m.
5EH2H Unit 2: The Writer’s Craft Higher 2h 07/06/2016 a.m.
5EN2F Unit 2: The Writer’s Voice Foundation 1h 45m 07/06/2016 a.m.
5EN2H Unit 2: The Writer’s Voice Higher 1h 45m 07/06/2016 a.m.

English Literature

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm
5ET1F

Unit 1: Prose Foundation 1h 45m
23/05/2016

a.m.

5ET1H
Unit 1: Prose Higher 1h 45m
23/05/2016
a.m
5ET2F
Unit 2: Poetry Foundation 1h 45m

27/05/2016 a.m.
5ET2H Unit 2: Poetry Higher 1h 45m 27/05/2016 a.m.

English Language A / Certificate in English Language

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

4EA0 01

KEA0 01

Paper 1

2hr 15m

07/06/2016

a.m.

4EA0 02

KEA0 02

Paper 2

1hr 30m

09/06/2016

p.m.

English Language B

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

4EB0 01

Paper 1

3h

09/06/2016

p.m.

English Literature / Certificate in English Literature

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

4ET0 01

KET0 01

Paper 1

1hr 45

23/05/2016

a.m.

4ET0 02

KET0 02

Paper 2

1hr 30

27/05/2016

a.m.

English Language

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

6EN01

Language Today

2h 15m

23/05/2016

a.m.

6EN03

Language Diversity and Children’s Language Development

2h 45m

15/06/2016

a.m.

English Language and Literature

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

6EL01

Exploring Voices in Speech and Writing

2h 15m

23/05/2016

a.m.

6EL03

Varieties in Language and Literature

2h 45m

15/06/2016

a.m.

English Literature

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

6ET01

Explorations in Prose and Poetry

2h 15m

20/05/2016

a.m.

6ET03

Interpretations of Prose and Poetry

2h 45m

17/06/2016

a.m.

English Language

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

8EN0 01

Language: Context and Identity

1h 30m

23/05/2016

a.m.

8EN0 02

Child Language

1h 30m

08/06/2016

p.m.

English Language and Literature

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

8EL0 01

Voices in Speech and Writing

1h 30m

23/05/2016

a.m.

8EL0 02

Varieties in Language and Literature

1h 30m

08/06/2016

p.m.

English Language

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

WEN01

Context and Identity

1h 45m

23/05/2016

a.m.

WEN02

Language in Transition

1h 45m

08/06/2016

p.m.

English Literature

Paper code Paper title Duration Date am or pm

WET01

Post-2000 Poetry and Prose

2h

20/05/2016

a.m.

WET02

Drama

2h

26/05/2016

a.m.

This information is also available on our exam timetables page, which includes an exam date search function. International centres should consult the international exam timetables which are available on this page.

I hope you've found this update useful. If you have any further questions about the submission of coursework or controlled assessment, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,  

Clare 

Clare Haviland, English subject advisor
Clare HavilandEnglish
UK: 020 7010 2183
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2183
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