October 2023 Teaching Science update
Welcome to the October update for teachers delivering UK and International Pearson Edexcel Science qualifications at GCSE and A level. In this update you can find news and information to support you through the Autumn term.
Principal Examiner vacancies
We presently have Principal Examiner vacancies for AS Level Chemistry and IAL Physics. If you are interested in applying for either of these roles and would like to find out more, please see the links below.
You can view all our examiner vacancies on our website.
GCSE Summer 2023 feedback events
We are providing Summer 2023 feedback events for Pearson Edexcel GCSE teachers that will be live and free to attend. In these events teachers will look at how students performed in the Summer 2023 exams and be provided guidance on how to address feedback in the examiners' reports. Time will be spent looking at both the foundation and higher-level questions.
GCSE Combined Science Biology: Summer 2023 feedback
03 October 2023 at 16:00 - 17:30 GMT
GCSE Combined Science Chemistry: Summer 2023 feedback
11 October 2023 at 16:00 - 17:30 GMT
GCSE Combined Science Physics: Summer 2023 feedback
05 October 2023 at 16:00 - 17:30 GMT
GCSE (9-1) Sciences: Running and Marking Mocks event
13 November 2023 at 16:00 - 17:30 GMT | Online | Free
We are hosting an online event designed for teachers who are delivering or about to deliver the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Science qualifications. At this event delegates will:
- Discuss the different approaches to running, marking and moderating mock exams.
- Look at a variety of sample assessment questions and discuss marking.
- Discuss marked exemplars of exam responses.
Please note, in these events we are not able to discuss any centre or candidate specific marking issues.
Pearson Edexcel GCSE Science Symposium (face-to-face event)
17 November 2023 at 09:30 - 16:00 GMT 80 Strand, London
A new face-to-face event for teachers or heads of department who deliver our GCSE Science qualifications.
There will be a selection of speakers relevant to our GCSE specification - focusing on topics ranging from practicals, data analysis to understanding the way our assessments work.
There will be opportunities to listen, learn and discuss the wonderful world of science teaching with other like-minded colleagues.
The event will take place at Pearson's headquarters - 80 Strand, right in the heart of London.
Note: lunch is provided | Event Fee (GBP) £99 excl. Tax
International GCSE Science and IAL Science training
We have several training events taking place this Autumn term to support teachers delivering International GCSE and IAL Sciences. We are always adding events and many sessions are included in your qualification fee.
Visit our Professional Development Academy page to search and book your place.
International GCSE November exam series
As previously communicated, we're introducing a regular International GCSE November series starting in November 2023. The November series is being introduced to best meet the needs of students requiring International GCSE exam opportunities outside of the full May/June series and it will replace the existing January series from 2024. This will result in just a May/June and November series going forward for International GCSE.
IAL Biology pre-release scientific article
The Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level Biology Unit 5 (WBI15) pre-release scientific article for the Autumn 2023 is available to download from our website.
You will require an Edexcel Online (EOL) account to download the article. Your Exams Officer will be able to create an EOL account for you if you don't already have one.
The pre-release scientific article can be given to students so they can study and annotate it over the coming weeks in preparation for those specific questions on the Unit 5 examination paper.
Students are not allowed to take their annotated copy into the examination room - there will be a fresh copy inside the Unit 5 written examination paper. In the unlikely event that this is missing, or if you do not have enough copies, you can download the article from our website.
If you have any private/external candidates registered to sit this examination, please provide a copy for them too.
International AS/A Level January entry deadline
The entry deadline for International AS/A Level January 2024 series is on 17th October 2023. For details of all key dates visit the key dates page.
Timetables for this academic year can be viewed on our website.
Pearson Edexcel View from the Lab Podcasts
Every month we release Pearson Edexcel View from the Lab Podcasts. These aim to inform, engage and entertain with the help of thought leaders, science journalists and education specialists, joining us for each episode.
The latest episode is titled 'Teaching powerful ideas in science with Dr Jasper Green'.
Jasper is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Initial Teacher Education at the Institute of Education at UCL in London. Jasper has had a significant impact on the world of science teaching in the numerous roles he has held - he has been a science teacher, head of department, network lead for a large MAT, and an author of a recent book called ‘Powerful ideas in science and how to teach them’. He is the creator of the respected website- thescienceteacher.co.uk, and not only that, but he was also the science lead for Ofsted between 2020-2022.
Edexcel Online and Multi-factor Authentication
In June we introduced Multi-factor Authentication as additional layer of security to Edexcel Online to help protect your centre and learner data.
If you experience any problems with accessing our secure documents such as exam materials, or our systems such as that require an Edexcel Online account e.g. Results Plus, please refer the update below with links to trouble shooting steps that you can follow.
Free teacher access to Pearson Revise Online
You may be interested to know that teachers can still request free access to the Pearson Revise Online platform to explore online revision guides for Pearson Edexcel GCSE subjects. You can find out more from the Pearson publishing site.
BTEC Science news
You can view the latest BTEC Teaching Science update on the link below which contains infomation on Post-16 Level 3 BTEC reform webinairs and other items of interest.
BTEC Vocational Qualification Bulletins
We send out regular Vocational Qualification Bulletins to keep centres informed of our support and services. You can sign-up for these and also read previous bulletins on our website.