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1 The Kingswinford School - a science college - CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS

2 INTRODUCTION Controlled assessment was introduced for GCSE specifications for first teaching in September 2009 with the aim of addressing a number of issues that were believed to be compromising traditional coursework. Principally, controlled assessment was intended to: ensure that all candidates spend approximately the same amount of time on their assignments; prevent third parties from providing inappropriate levels of guidance and input; mitigate concerns about plagiarism and improve the reliability and validity of GCSE awards; allow centres a reasonable degree of freedom and control; allow candidates to produce an original piece of work. Individual GCSE subjects have their own controlled assessment requirements. These will contribute in different ways towards the final GCSE qualification which are detailed within the individual subject sections of this document. There are different levels of control for the work, high, medium and limited. Some tasks will allow research within and outside of the lesson whilst others are completed in exam conditions. Our aim is to deliver this aspect of the assessment as fairly as we can to individual students in order to maximise their achievement whilst keeping within the stringent guidelines as laid down by the examination boards. Further information in relation to controlled assessments can be found on the Joint Council for Qualifications website. Controlled assessment will be taught by a number of different teachers within each subject and as such moderation of work has to occur before submitting final work and marks to the awarding body. The moderation process can alter marks awarded by individual class teachers. Our moderation day in 2016 will be on Thursday 24 th March All student work needs to be completed and marked before this date in order for effective moderation to take place. Whilst individual curriculum areas will have individual deadlines for specific tasks, which need to be adhered to, the absolute deadline for student work to be accepted by teaching staff is Friday 18 th March In exceptional circumstances that have impacted upon a student then we will take individual circumstances into account. Andy Burton Deputy Head Teacher

3 INFORMATION FROM SUBJECT LEADERS ART Year 10 In Year 10 students will complete 45 hours of guided teaching in Fine Art. Students will undertake a trip to the Botanical Gardens. This is a vital part of the course as it enables the student to address the Assessment Objective Recording from Observation. Year 11 In Year 11 students will complete 45 hours of guided teaching in Fine Art (2 nd portfolio) or Photography. January Students will undertake the exam period, approximately ten weeks preparation and two 5 hour days to complete the set task (specific dates to follow). If students are also taking Photography GCSE they will have to split the ten weeks preparation time between the two GCSEs. BTEC in BUSINESS STUDIES Year 10 has a programme of continuous coursework (rather than controlled assessments) along with an online external examination (1 hour) which takes place towards the end of January/start of February. Year 11 has a programme of continuous coursework rather than controlled assessments to complete the final units of course work along with preparation for re-takes of the online external examination. GCSE in BUSINESS STUDIES Year 10 students will work on theory tasks throughout the autumn term in Year 10 and will be completing Controlled Assessment tasks in the Spring and Summer terms. Year 11 students will be working on theory tasks to prepare for their final written examination, no Controlled Assessments will take place during Year 11. DRAMA Year 10 The first controlled assessment will take during Year 10 once students have demonstrated the skills to succeed and is in the form of both practical and written work. Year 11 The second controlled assessment will take place in the autumn term and is again in the form of practical and written work. In addition to this students will be taken to watch a live theatre performance and will write a theatre review as part of their coursework. Preparation for the exam will begin in the spring term. This exam usually takes place in April. ENGLISH Year 10 and 11 Film Studies: 1 written analysis of a film extract (750 words), research into the film industry (500 words), a pitch for a film (250 words) and an on-going creative project Year 10 Students no longer complete controlled assessment as part of the new English GCSEs Year 11 English Language and Literature: Language - Two creative writing pieces (1600 words), a study of a novel (1600 words) and a study of spoken language (1000 words) totalling 40% of the GCSE

4 Literature An exploration of literary heritage poetry (1500 words) and an analysis of a play by Shakespeare (1000 words) totalling 25% of the GCSE DESIGN TECHNOLOGY AQA Year 10 Controlled assessment begins before Easter in all but Child Development students begin their 45 hours allowed to complete their major projects. In Child Development students complete 2 assessed tasks. [60% of the overall award in all subjects] Year 11 Students complete the practical element(s) of their chosen project in Resistant Materials, Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles. GEOGRAPHY GCSE AQA A One controlled assessment task worth 25% of the total grade completed during the final summer half term in Year 10 and the first autumn half term in Year 11. The task is an individual enquiry focussing on an issue in the local area which is investigated through a fieldwork visit and subsequent analysis. HISTORY Completed in the Autumn Term of Year 11 Worth 25% of the final mark Based on Germany The question will focus on an aspect of life in either Weimar or Nazi Germany Students will be given 8 hours to plan and write a 2000 word answer using relevant knowledge and historical sources. ICT GCSE ICT (Edexcel) Controlled assessments take place regularly throughout the course during Year 10 and also during the first part of the autumn term in Year 11. The course is 60% coursework and 40% final exam. OCR Nationals AQA Computer Science Controlled assessments take place during the summer term of Year 10 and the autumn and spring term of Year 11. The coursework is 60% coursework and 40% final examination.

5 MFL Year 11 French In Year 11 there are 2 controlled assessment tasks to be completed, one in speaking and one in writing. The first controlled assessment task in Year 11 will be based on future plans, education and work. Students will complete this during the first part of the spring term in January The remaining controlled assessment will take place in the second half of the spring term in March 2015 on the theme of personal information and lifestyle. Year 10 French During the 2 year GCSE course, 4 controlled assessments will take place; 2 in speaking and 2 in writing. January 2015 controlled assessment in writing July 2015 controlled assessment in speaking January 2016 controlled assessment in writing March 2016 controlled assessment in speaking The Edexcel exam board stipulates that the controlled assessment tasks have to change every 2 years and are taken from the following four themes: - Personal Information - Out and About - Future plans, education and work - Customer service and transactions Some themes lend themselves more favourably to the speaking assessment as opposed to the writing assessment and vice versa. The subject teachers will select the appropriate skill to maximise and optimise student performance. This allows a certain amount of flexibility when choosing the controlled skill to be assessed. Each controlled assessment is worth 15% (2 in speaking/2 in writing), totalling 60% of the final GCSE mark. MUSIC Year 10 AQA 4270 March July Solo Performance piece will be recorded and assessed (in a style of your choice). Appraisal will be completed and assessed. Composition 1 will be completed and assessed. Year 11 OCR J535 Oct-March Ensemble Composition will be completed. Appraisal will be completed. Ensemble Performance will be completed. Extra Dates (Year 11) Year 11 music practical/recordings will take place in March (dates to be confirmed). Creative Task examination will take place in March (dates to be confirmed). Listening examination will take place during the Summer examination period (dates to be confirmed). All compositions and appraisals must be completed by the student within curriculum time. Performances can be rehearsed within school or at home.

6 PE Students have to produce their own PERSONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME for a particular sport. This will include: The rules and tactics of the sport The fitness requirements for the sport Designing a fitness programme Demonstrating an understanding of the training principles Devising practises to improve performance. Analysing performances in their chosen sport. The finished written document is also used as a revision guide and as a memory jog for delivering a verbal explanation of how to train for their sport which is given during their practical examination. Controlled assessments will be completed in PE lesson time and in rooms used for GCSE PE lessons. PE staff supervision. SCIENCE In Year 10 a controlled assessment activity will take place during the final Half Term, from June 6 th The nature of the tasks completed will depend upon the pathway that individual students are following. In Year 11 students following the pathway that leads to the award of GCSE Science and Additional Science will complete their remaining controlled assessments between 4 th January 2016 and 12 th February Students following the pathway that leads to the award of separate GCSE passes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics will complete their remaining controlled assessments during the Autumn term of

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