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Ccea As Level Biology Coursework

Controlled Assessment

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Agreement Trial PowerPoint Presentation - E-Moderation summer 2016
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Controlled Assessment General Guidance
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E-Moderation Agreement Trial Information Pack - Autumn 2016
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Exemplar Biology task 1
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 August 2012

Exemplar Biology task 2
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Exemplar Biology task 3
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GCSE Sciences Agreement Trial Nov 2013
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Sample Qualitative Controlled Assessment Task - Food Tests
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In GCSE Biology, Unit 3: Practical Skills is assessed by controlled assessment. This unit is worth 25 percent of the final mark. We set two controlled assessment tasks for each cohort of students.

We renew these each year to ensure that they continue to set appropriate challenges.

Students may complete one or both of the tasks set. If they choose to take both tasks, the higher mark will count towards their overall mark for the unit. Teachers mark the controlled assessments using criteria we provide, and we moderate them.

Each controlled assessment task is made up of three parts.

Part A – Planning and Risk Assessment
Students develop a hypothesis and plan an experiment to test it. They draw a blank table to record the results of their experiment, and carry out a risk assessment.

Part B – Data Collection
Students carry out the experiment and record the data collected in their results table.

Part C – Processing, Analysis and Evaluation
Students answer questions relating to their own work, demonstrating scientific knowledge and understanding. They also show their ability to process, analyse and evaluate information they have collected from their experiment.

For more information, see the specification.

Is there an internal assessment (coursework) component that counts towards the final grade?

Yes, for both AS and A2 qualifications there is a teacher-assessed practical component. The focus is on carrying out experiments and recording observations and/or drawing conclusions. Evaluation and detailed analysis are assessed in an external examination.

How does A2 differ from AS?

As well as the difference in content, A2 papers are longer and carry more marks. The weighting of the three assessment objectives (AOs) is slightly different for the A2 papers. The A2 units include some questions assessing synoptic material, encouraging students to develop their understanding of the subject as a whole. The A2 assessment units also provide opportunities to demonstrate higher order thinking skills. (See sections 4.5–4.6 of the specification for further details.)

Are the AS and A2 units equally weighted for the final qualification?

No, the AS units together contribute 40 percent of the overall A level qualification and the A2 units together contribute 60 percent.

Are there any prerequisites for the course?

The AS course content builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in GCSE Biology and the biology aspects of GCSE Double Award Science. Students do not need to have reached a particular level of attainment before beginning to study this specification. Knowledge, understanding and skills developed in GCSE Mathematics are also relevant.

Can candidates take re-sits?

Candidates can re-sit individual AS and A2 units once and count the better result for each unit towards an AS or A level qualification.

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