New Advanced Higher Subject Implementation Events Chemistry : Unit Assessment at Advanced Higher
Unit Assessment – recap Flexible and open Assessment Standards and Evidence Requirements in Units Greater range of techniques and methodologies for assessment – encouraged Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across more than one outcome or Unit – combined assessments More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence – assessment as part of learning and teaching
Unit Assessment Support Purpose As previously, Assessment Support will be provided which you can use to: Assess your candidates Adapt for your own assessment programmes Help you develop your own assessments your own assessments
Unit Assessment Support at Advanced Higher – Key Features Valid from August 2015 Complements and supports learning and teaching Assess competence against Unit Outcomes and Assessment Standards Designed to encourage professional judgement Provide broad-based tasks – allow assessors to choose appropriate context and forms of evidence Show range of approaches to generating assessment evidence Give information on the type of evidence which could be gathered
Summary of Requirements to pass a Unit Standards Assessment Standards can be achieved in a variety of ways Assessors should ensure that the work is the candidate’s own.
Unit Assessment Support 3 Units 2 ‘Standard’ Units Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis Researching Unit Researching Chemistry
‘Standard’ Unit Outcome 1 Apply skills of scientific inquiry and draw on knowledge and understanding of the key areas of this Unit to carry out an experiment by: Outcome 2 Draw on knowledge and understanding of the key areas of this Unit and apply scientific skills by: 2.1 Making accurate statements and giving clear descriptions/explanations 2.2 Solving problems
Summary of Requirements to pass a ‘Standard’ Unit Outcome 1 All six Assessment Standards are required. They can be achieved through a number of activities The experiment(s) chosen for this activity should contain one or more of the practical skills and techniques listed in the Course Assessment Specification. The actual experiment(s) is the choice of the centre but must be commensurate with this level.
Transfer of Evidence Outcome 1 The evidence for Outcome 1 for one of the Standard Units can be used as evidence of the for achievement of Outcome 1 in the other Standard Unit of this Course.
Transfer of Evidence Outcome 1 The achievement of Outcome 1 in the Researching Chemistry Unit of this Course can be used as evidence for the achievement of Outcome 1 for the Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and Instrumental analysis Units of this Course. There is no requirement to match Assessment Standards. Note – not vice versa
Summary of Requirements to pass a ‘Standard’ Unit Outcome 2 This can be achieved through a number of activities. 2.1 at least half of the responses should be correct across the key areas of the Unit. 2.2 all 3 problem solving skills (making predictions, processing information and analysing information) must be achieved.
Summary of Requirements to pass a ‘Standard’ Unit Outcome 2 Assessment Standard 2.1 is Unit specific Assessment Standard 2.2 in the ‘standard Unit’ is transferable and need only be evidenced once in the Course.
Summary of Requirements to pass Researching Chemistry Unit Outcome 1 Apply skills of scientific inquiry and draw on knowledge and understanding to research, plan and carry out investigative practical work on a chosen chemistry topic. 1.1Gathering and recording information from sources. 1.2Planning/designing the practical investigation, including assessment of risk and safety measures. 1.3Carrying out the practical work safely, recording results/ data appropriately.
Summary of Requirements to pass a Researching Chemistry Unit. Outcome 2 Draw on knowledge and understanding of the key areas of this Unit and apply scientific skills by: 2.1 Making accurate statements and giving clear descriptions/explanations
Researching Chemistry Unit: Key Points 1 This activity requires candidates to apply skills of scientific inquiry to plan and carry out a practical research investigation. The investigation can also provide the basis of the project report for the Course assessment, if required.
Researching Chemistry Unit: Key Points 2 The candidate should, with guidance/discussion from the assessor, select a physics topic that they will investigate. The topic can involve chemistry that is covered in the Advanced Higher Course or can involve chemistry outwith this Course content. The candidate should keep a record of their work.
Researching Chemistry Unit: Key Points 3 It would not be appropriate to provide a template for candidates at this level; therefore a template must not be provided. Candidates are provided with a set of prompts to guide them to produce the required evidence for assessment. The record of candidate work can form the basis of the project report for the Course assessment, if required
Unit Assessment Support at Advanced Higher – Approaches Package 1 Unit by Unit approach – discrete assessment tasks for each Unit Package 2 Unit by Unit approach – discrete assessment tasks for each Unit Package 3 Portfolio approach – naturally occurring evidence
Assessment Support Package1 and 2 ‘Standard’ Unit These packs consist of two assessment activities for each Unit: Activity 1: a scientific report of an experiment to generate evidence for Outcome 1 Activity 2: a set of questions to generate evidence for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.2
Assessment Support Package1 and 2 Researching Chemistry Unit These packs consist of two assessment activities for each Unit: Activity 1: a practical investigation Activity 2: a set of questions to generate evidence for Assessment Standards 2.1
Assessment Support Package 3 Portfolio Approach This pack outlines the gathering of naturally occurring evidence
Re-assessment Outcome 1 If the candidate’s evidence does not satisfy all of the Assessment Standards, the candidate only needs to be re-assessed on the specific Assessment Standards that have not been met
Re-assessment Assessment Standard 2.1 If you have given a test and the candidate fails AS 2.1 then for reassessment you could either:- give another test covering all the key areas analyse the candidate's performance in the first test and only reassess the key areas they didn't do well in Either way, candidates need to score 50% or more across the key areas and NOT 50% for each key area.
Re-assessment Assessment Standard 2.2 If a specific Problem Solving skill (analysing) is not achieved, then only that skill need be re-assessed If, after re-assessment, the candidate fails to demonstrate that Problem Solving skill within this Unit assessment, they could be given further assessment opportunities to demonstrate this skill, in the other Unit of the Course
Workshop 1 Unit Assessment Using the materials provided, in small groups of 2- 3, discuss: Identify subject-specific topics for discussion Workshop Aims To understand the assessment and evidence requirements of Unit Assessment To consider a range of ways of generating evidence for Advanced Higher Unit Assessment