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Entry Pathways Introduction to Science Today Brian Harris, Subject Officer Feb 2012.

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1 Entry Pathways Introduction to Science Today Brian Harris, Subject Officer Feb 2012

2 Aims To help teachers deliver new Pathways Entry specification To improve learning outcomes by focusing on the quality of teaching and assessment To help teachers plan and assess work To explore how Entry Science Today and Pathways Level 1 Applied Science can work

3 Overview of qualification Number of qualification titles at three different levels – Entry 1 – Entry 2 – Entry 3

4 Qualification titles at Entry 1 Personal Progress ICT

5 Qualification titles at Entry 2/3 Personal & Social DevelopmentAdditional English Independent LivingWelsh Preparing for WorkMaths Science TodayICT HumanitiesHealthy Living & Fitness Creative, Media & PerformanceWelsh (Second Language) Arts

6 Size of qualifications Three different sizes of qualification –Award (8-12 credits) –Certificate (13-36 credits) –Diploma (37+ credits)

7 Science Today qualifications Entry 2Award6004A2 Entry 2Certificate6004C2 Entry 2Diploma6004D2 Entry 3Award6004A3 Entry 3Certificate6004C3 Entry 3Diploma6004D3

8 Unitised qualification Allows flexibility Enables teachers a learning programme to match learners needs/abilities Some units can be used in more than one qualification Link to Science Today unit titles

9 Units and qualifications

10 Qualification and units Learner 1 Unit Entry level Credits Introduction to Plant CareE23 Introduction to Land MaintenanceE33 Introduction to Animal CareE33 Pathways Entry 3 Award in Science for Today Over 50% of credits are at Entry 3. Therefore qualification at E3 9 credits therefore qualification size =Award

11 Qualification and units Learner 2 Unit Entry level Credits Introduction to Plant CareE23 Introduction to Land MaintenanceE33 Introduction to Animal CareE33 Science and our UniverseE23 Science and the Human BodyE23 Science and the Plant WorldE33 Pathways Entry 2 Certificate in Science for Today 50% of the credits are at Entry 2. Therefore qualification at E2 18 credits therefore qualification size = Certificate

12 Science Today No compulsory units You can use any science units to build your qualification Science units available from webpage Document available on website mapping units to the programme of study

13 Assessment and Moderation Units internally assessed Work must be internally verified where there is more than one assessor Records of internal verification are kept Work is externally moderated Sample sent to WJEC but all learner work must be available, if required

14 The role of the Internal Verifier Check that all tasks cover the assessment criteria and learning outcomes Ensure that the assessment criteria are covered and there are no added requirements for the candidates Ensure all Assessors have copies of the assessment forms Sample Assessor judgements at appropriate times Co-ordinate meetings of Assessors Give and record feedback to Assessors Maintain records of the evidence sampled More detail can be found on page 13 of specification

15 When to submit work for moderation. Moderation points –January –Summer Do not have to wait until learner has completed the qualification before submitting a unit for moderation

16 Unit and qualification entry Entry for individual units must be made by submitting the relevant unit and option code Aggregation does not take place automatically: it is necessary to enter the relevant ‘cash-in’ code for aggregation to take place.

17 Rules concerning aggregation Quote from specification page 10. Units achieved may be used for re-aggregation for a larger qualification. However, units can only be used if and when included within the qualification. For example, having achieved 8 credits for an Award in Independent Living and subsequently completed sufficient further units, a candidate may include the credit from the Award for aggregation towards a Certificate in Independent Living. For example, credit at Entry 3 for Introduction to Animal Care used for aggregation to an Award in Preparing for Work can be re-used for aggregation to a Certificate in Science Today.

18 Achievement and Attainment Tables (AATs) Qualification Grade Minimum Credits Required Performance Points Award Entry 18 or more Credits5 Award Entry 28 or more Credits6 Award Entry 38 or more Credits7 Certificate Entry 113 or more Credits10 Certificate Entry 213 or more Credits12 Certificate Entry 313 or more Credits14 Diploma Entry Level 137 or more Credits40 Diploma Entry Level 237 or more Credits48 Diploma Entry Level 337 or more Credits56


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