Marking and submitting the controlled assessment for GCSE Geography (2009) A and B
A reminder of the controlled assessment submission process, dates and materials for GCSE Geography A (2009) and Geography B (2009).
The final date for submitting your marks and samples of work is 15 May 2016. By this date you must have:
- submitted your controlled assessment marks to Edexcel, and
- sent your sample to the moderator.
How do I submit the marks?
By 15 May, you must have submitted your coursework/controlled assessment marks to Edexcel via Edexcel online, and have 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.
If you have already submitted a mark but it needs to be amended (for example, because of an administrative error), please email EMgeography@pearson.com with details of the amended point score.
How do I identify the sample of work that needs to be sent to the moderator?
You can check Edexcel online (from mid-April) to identify which work needs to be sent for moderation - there will be a tick next to the candidates' names. Here's how:
- Go to Edexcel online and enter your centre number.
- Choose GCSE in the drop-down menu on the left.
- Choose 'Candidates' - 'Search by course'.
- Select the session from the central drop down menu 'June 2014'.
- You should see a box pop up with all the units entered with Edxecel for entire school.
- Click on the link 'Papers' for the unit you are interested in (for example, 5GA04 or 5GB04).
- Click on the link that says 'Coursework Marks' (there is also a link that says 'Moderator details' - this is where you find out who to send the sample of candidates work to).
- You will see a list of your candidates and should enter their marks here.
- You will also see a column entitled 'Included in Sample'. If there is a tick in this column then you will need to send us this candidate's work.
You also need to send the work of the highest- and lowest-scoring candidates if they are not part of the requested sample.
Who is my moderator?
You can also check your moderator's name and address (from mid-April) on Edexcel online following the steps above.
Where is the individual candidate controlled assessment record/mark/cover sheet?
You’ll need to download, print and complete a controlled assessment record sheet of these for each candidate, and ensure it's signed by both teacher and candidate.
Do we have to annotate the controlled assessment during marking?
No, but it would be beneficial to justify decisions on the mark scheme (which can be found on the controlled assessment candidate record sheet) - for example, the use of underlining and adding comments on this mark sheet. This will help with both internal cross-moderation and external moderation.
How flexible is the word limit?
Since 2015, the guidance in the specification for Unit 4 is that students are required to produce around 2000 words and student’s word total may be 10 per cent either side of the 2000-word limit. Words included in tables, graphs, quotations and references do not need to be included in the word total. Tables must not be used for extended writing as a method of exceeding the word limit.
Where are the 2017 tasks?
These were released in June last year, and you can download them here.
Good luck - and if you have any questions, please just drop us an email.