December 2023 Politics subject update

8 December 2023

This update contains useful information, news and advice for Edexcel Politics teachers.

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Access to Scripts deadline

The last date to download your students’ scripts from the Summer 2023 exam series using our free Access to Scripts service is 15 December 2023.

Summer 2024 entry deadline

It is now possible to make entries for the Summer 2024 exam series. The deadline for making entries for the Summer 2024 examination series is 21 February 2024 for AS and A level.

After these dates late entry fees may be charged. Please note that your exams officer will have their own internal deadlines in order to get the information necessary to make entries.

You can also use the Information Manual below to find the relevant entry codes:

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Edexcel Online and Multi-Factor Authentication

In December of this year we’ve rolled out a major enhancement to our current Edexcel Online Multi- Factor Authentication process. From Tuesday 5 December 2023, you must authenticate when logging into Edexcel Online and other services using the Pearson Authenticator App, which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Cyber security is increasingly in the news and deliberate attacks on centres are sadly becoming more common. That’s why Pearson is committed to working with all centres to ensure our digital interactions are as secure and risk-free as possible.

We have therefore moved away from the email One Time Passcode (OTP) and are now asking Edexcel Online users to authenticate via an app on their smartphone or other compatible device. Each account user will use their own device (capable of operating authenticator apps such as Microsoft/ Google authenticator).

We are taking the opportunity to remind colleagues that using a personal device will not result in Pearson collecting and/ or using any personal data, including a mobile phone number. If you need support with accessing a device, please talk to your centre leadership about how they can best support you.

Summer 2023 feedback materials

The training materials from our A level Politics Summer 2023 feedback event are available to download from our website.

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Ofqual resilience guidance September 2023

On 21 September 2023, Ofqual published the resilience guidance for centres delivering: GCSE, AS and A levels, Project Qualifications and Advanced Extension Award in maths (AEA). We’ve put together a summary of this guidance on our new support page with links through to the full information from Ofqual.

General qualifications assessment support

We’ve got a new support page for you to bookmark – General qualifications assessment support.

Here we’ll share news information and updates from Ofqual, the Department for Education (DfE), the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and Pearson, relating to the exams and assessments for our GCSE, AS and A level qualifications.

We’ll be updating it regularly so you know you’ve got all the latest announcements, news, support materials and updates to enable you to teach our qualifications, help your students with their assessments and post-results support, to enable them to progress.

Subject advisor

Mark Battye

Government and Politics

Phone :
+44 (0) 344 463 2535 (Teaching Services team | Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm GMT)
Mark Battye, History subject advisor
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