Can be completed: using OCR-published practical resources OR Using Centre’s own practical activities (checked by OCR). Students keep records (lab book / portfolio) of their assessed practical work which may be inspected during visiting monitoring. OCR online Task Tracker Guidance cannot be finalised until Ofqual have responded to the results of the Practical Endorsement trialling carried out in a number of centres across the country in Autumn 2014. IT IS A TRIAL ACROSS ALL AWARDING BODIES.
OCR provides support through Teaching and Learning Resources. Many already available online. DELIVERY GUIDES TOPIC EXPLORATION PACKS COVERAGE OF FULL QUALIFICATION CONTENT TRANSITION GUIDES COVERAGE OF PARTICULAR TOPICS INDIVIDUAL TEACHING ACTIVITIES LESSON ELEMENTS www.ocr.org.uk/reformresources
Science team, expertise at the end of the phone/email http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/science/meet-the-team/ Summary brochures Specifications – OCR Biology A & B OCR Chemistry A & B OCR Physics A & B are all accredited. Practical Skills Handbooks Mathematical Skills Handbooks Resources – Delivery Guides Topic Exploration Lesson Elements Transition Guides http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/science/ Physics Biology Geology Chemistry
Changes to exam structure What % assesses practical skills? Minimum of 15% (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) What % assesses mathematical content? Minimum of 10% (Biology), 20% (Chemistry), 40% (Physics) Why multiple choice? A chance to assess a larger range of content Why extended response ? Not essays, not focused on QWC of specific terminology, more about ‘logical, coherent, sustained responses’. Some will be marked using Level of Response mark schemes. Have been used in ALL GCSE Science papers since 2011.
Changes to Exam structure For all OCR Science AS levels (A & B) AS level (140 marks, 3 h) Paper 1 ‘Breadth’ 1 h 30 70 marks Paper 2 ‘Depth’ 1 h 30 70 marks Section A (20 marks) Multiple choice questions Section B (50 marks) Structured questions covering theory and practical skills Structured questions covering theory and practical skills Two papers, 50/50 weighting All content assessable in both papers Extended response in Paper 2 only Practical assessed within the question papers, LOs embedded within the specification Min. 15% practical weighting Min. 10% maths weighting (Biology) 20% maths weighting (Chemistry) 40% maths weighting (Physics) Common assessment model for ALL AS qualifications. MOCK SERVICE AVAILABLE – if required.
Endorsement Changes to exam structure OCR Science A levels (Spec A) Paper 1 2 h 15 100 marks (15 MCQ) Paper 2 2 h 15 100 marks (15 MCQ) Paper 3 1 h 30 70 marks Assessment split across content (papers 1 and 2) with a third synoptic paper Paper 1 - Broad theme Paper 2 – Broad theme Paper 3 assesses across all content Practical assessed within the question papers, LOs embedded within the spec Min. % of Maths Requirements Min. of 15% practical Chemistry – Inorganic, Organic Biology – Processes, Diversity Physics – Modelling, Exploring
Changes to exam structure OCR Science A levels (Spec B) Endorsement Paper 1 Fundamentals 2 h 15 110 marks (30 MCQ) Paper 2 Scientific literacy 2 h 15 100 marks Paper 3 Practical skills 1 h 30 60 marks Assessment split across concepts of ‘breadth of understanding’, ‘depth of understanding with scientific literacy’ and ‘practical skills’ Advance Notice item in Paper 2 Practical assessed within the question papers, LOs embedded within the spec Practical paper based on lessons learnt from the OCR pilots (2006–2008) Reflects the traditionally different emphasis on practical in B specs
Available support… Exam Creator (www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/download-past-papers/examcreator/)www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/download-past-papers/examcreator/ Active Results (www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/do/check-results/active-results/)www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/do/check-results/active-results/ Mock paper service and Coursework consultancy OCR community (http://social.ocr.org.uk/groups/science)http://social.ocr.org.uk/groups/science Science Spotlight
We’re always very happy to have further discussions outside of this meeting 01223 376376 firstname.lastname@example.org ScienceGCE@ocr.org.uk