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360Science. The student-centred curriculum. What is 360Science?. A new portfolio of qualifications from Edexcel, encompassing: GCSE Science GCSE Additional Science GCSE Biology GCSE Chemistry GCSE Physics Entry Level Certificate in Science

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360Science

The student-centred curriculum


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What is 360Science?

A new portfolio of qualifications from Edexcel, encompassing:

GCSE Science

GCSE Additional Science

GCSE Biology

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Physics

Entry Level Certificate in Science

BTEC First Certificate & First Diploma in Applied Science


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What’s different about 360Science?

  • Designed to meet the needs of all students

  • The only curriculum to include BTEC First Certificate & Diploma

  • Supported by results analysis service at question & candidate level

  • Edexcel’s commitment to onscreen assignments & assessment

  • Enhanced support


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The development of 360Science

Collaborative approach with teachers and subject experts

Practising teachers

LEA Science Advisers

Professional bodies including: Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics, The Royal Society, British Association

Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University


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A unitised structureRoute 1: GCSE Science

GCSE Science

GCSE Additional Science

Extension units

Biology

__________

Chemistry

__________

Physics

Biology

__________

Chemistry

__________

Physics

Biology

__________

Chemistry

__________

Physics

GCSE Biology

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Physics


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A unitised structureRoute 2: GCSE Science GCSE Additional Science

GCSE Science

GCSE Additional Science

Extension units

Biology

__________

Chemistry

__________

Physics

Biology

__________

Chemistry

__________

Physics

Biology

__________

Chemistry

__________

Physics

GCSE Biology

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Physics


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A unitised structureRoute 3: GCSE Science + specialism

GCSE Science

Biology

__________

Chemistry

__________

Physics

GCSE Additional

Science

Extension units

Chemistry

Chemistry

GCSE Chemistry

Or GCSE Physics or GCSE Biology


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GCSE Science Assessment

Unit structureprovides coherence and a sense of progresstest while it’s familiar; re-sit if you need to

60% simple external testsix multiple choice tiered testsstudents can bank progresshighly motivating

40%on your professional judgement

30% on easy to use assessment activities you mark, we moderate

10% on practical work – straight forward assessment criteria

- non moderated


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Assessment Activities

  • Integral to support teaching and learning

  • Assessment activities available on our secure website

  • Clear mark scheme

  • External moderation process

  • Cash in best performancemore chances to succeedless daunting and more flexible


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Concept

Assessment questions include concept to context about everyday science

Concept

GCSE Science

Applied

Context

Assessment questions include context to concept about everyday science

Applied

Context

GCSE Science - Concept or Context?


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GCSE Additional Science

  • 40% on your professional judgement

    • 30% on easy to use assessment activities you mark, we moderate

    • 10% on practical skills – but a simple to use assessment criteria

  • 60% teachers may select the assessment route to suit their students’ needs


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B

10%

C

10%

P

10%

B

10%

C

10%

P

10%

External Tiered

Multiple Choice

External Tiered

Structured

GCSE Additional Science

60% based on external assessment


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Assessment

  • More or less professional judgement?

    Mechanisms for increasing or decreasing the amount of internal assessment


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Internal Centre Devised Assessment

  • The assessment activities will be designed by the centre. These may be based on scenario settings, or may be further practical work, or presentations given to identified audiences to illustrate knowledge and understanding of particular specification topics.

  • In GCSE Additional Science, the optional internal assessment criteria will allow for centre devised activities in a choice of contexts, this may be an applied science identified approach.


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Student ‘A’ Assessment Example

Internal assessment

30%

Assessment activities

10%

Practical skills

B

10%

C

10%

P

10%

B

10%

C

10%

P

10%

External Tiered

Multiple Choice

External Tiered

Structured

Internal

Centre Devised


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GCSE Additional Science offers a choice of assessment pathways

  • Student A 40% Internal Assessment

    30% + 30% External Assessment

    Internal assessment to happen as part of the learning process:

  • 45 minutes

  • On going testing of practical skills

    External assessment:

  • 3 multiple choice tests, can be taken together = 1 hour

  • Structured paper = 1 ½ hours


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Student ‘B’ Assessment Example pathways

Internal assessment

30%

Assessment activities

10%

Practical skills

B

10%

C

10%

P

10%

B

10%

C

10%

P

10%

External Tiered

Multiple Choice

External Tiered

Structured

Internal

Centre Devised


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GCSE Additional Science offers a choice of assessment pathways

  • Student B 40% + 30% Internal Assessment

    30% External Assessment

  • Internal assessment to happen as part of the learning process:

  • 45 minutes

  • On going testing of practical skills

  • Centre-devised internal assessment – portfolio based

  • External assessment:

  • Structured paper = 1 ½ hours


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B pathways

10%

C

10%

B

10%

P

10%

C

10%

P

10%

External Tiered

Multiple Choice

External Tiered

Structured

Internal

Centre Devised

Exemplar assessment route

Internal assessment

30%

Assessment activities

10%

Practical skills


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GCSE Biology pathways

GCSE Additional

Science

GCSE Science

Extension Unit

  • Exemplar structure based on the following model:

B1

B2

B3

  • Choice of assessment for B3

  • either 100% external structured single examination or 100% internally assessed, centre-devised evidence.


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GCSE Chemistry pathways

GCSE Additional

Science

Extension Unit

GCSE Science

  • Exemplar structure based on the following model:

C1

C2

C3

  • Choice of assessment for C3

  • either 100% external single tiered examination or 100% internally assessed, centre-devised evidence


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GCSE Physics pathways

GCSE Additional

Science

GCSE Science

Extension Unit

  • Exemplar structure based on the following model:

P1

P2

P3

Choice of assessment for P3 either

100% external single tiered examination or 100% internally assessed, centre-devised evidence.


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Entry Level Certificate in Science pathways

  • Motivates students by recognising small steps of achievement

  • Provides flexible assessment routes to meet student needs

  • Provides links to GCSE Science

  • The revised specification will be launched in November 2005


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How students can progress pathways

Prerequisites / Prior learning

Key Stage 3 (National Curriculum)

Level 3 (National Curriculum)

Entry level 3 (NQF)

360Science qualifications

GCSE Science

GCSE Additional Science

GCSE Biology

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Physics

BTEC First Certificate in Applied Science

BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science

Entry Level Certificate in Science

Complementary subjects

GCSE Astronomy

GCSE Engineering

GCSE Geography

GCSE Physical Education

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE History

GCSE Citizenship Studies (Short course)

Progression / Further Education

GCE AS and Advanced Biology

GCE AS and Advanced Chemistry

GCE As and Advanced Physics

GCE and Advanced Psychology

GCE and Advanced Health and

Social care

BTEC Firsts in related subjects

BTEC Nationals in related subjects

(following a BTEC First Diploma


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Support Services pathways

  • Teaching schemes

  • Sample assessment materials

  • Internal assessment guides

  • New published learning and diagnostic testing materials

  • Access to subject experts

  • Wide range of publisher support

  • Extensive programme of training and feedback events nationwide


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Teaching Schemes pathways

  • Include “How Science Works”

    (section 3.6 of the QCA GCSE Criteria for Science).

  • Two approaches:

    Concept-led

    Applied Science-led

  • Provided in Word format - teachers can adapt schemes if desired.


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Teaching Schemes pathways

10 lesson schemes for each topic each containing:

  • links to Key Stage 3

  • learning outcomes

  • learning objectives

  • suggested teaching and learning activities

  • signposts to modern up-to-date resources

  • links to Key Skills

  • health and safety issues

  • homework suggestions



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Support Services pathways

  • Dedicated science telephone number – 0870 240 9813

  • Secure web content at www.edexcel.org.uk/360Science

  • OSCA

  • Results Analysis Service (RAS)


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Results Analysis Service pathways

  • Detailed feedback on individual students’ performance, by question and candidate

  • Benchmark performance against national standards

  • Only available through Edexcel Online service


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Onscreen assessment pathways

  • We are committed to formative and summative onscreen assessment. Trials taking place.


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Additional resources pathways

We want teachers to have choice in terms of textbooks and electronic resources.

  • Publishers:

    Co-ordinated Group Publications (CGP)

    Harper Collins

    Cambridge University Press (CUP)

    Hodder Murray

    Oxford University Press (OUP)

    Edexcel



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Key features of BTEC pathways

  • Work-related qualifications

  • Alternative practical based learning style

  • First Certificate equal to 180 guided learning hours

  • First Diploma equal to 360 guided learning hours

  • First Certificate nests within First Diploma

  • Recognised within Achievement and Performance Tables

  • 100% internally assessed


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Key Features of BTEC pathways

  • Encourages personal and vocational skills

  • Uses the best assessment to suit local needs

  • Successor to GNVQ and GCSE Applied Courses

  • Requires programme approval prior to start


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BTEC First in Applied Science pathways

  • New specialist work-related qualification

  • BTEC First Certificate attracts up to around twice the number of achievement and performance points as a GCSE

  • BTEC First Diploma is equivalent to up to around four times the number of achievement and performance points as a GCSE

  • Allows progression to GCE in Applied Science, BTEC and other post-16 science and science-related programmes



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BTEC First Certificate in Applied Science pathways

  • Work related/based learning that mirrors working in the science industry (or organisation), as one of the following:

    • technician

    • technologist

    • scientist

    • assistant practitioner

    • editor.

  • Can relate to local/regional industry - involvement of industry e.g. fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, horticulture, polymers, food manufacturing, medical science in hospitals, forensic science.


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    Unit Titles pathways

    Unit 1: Chemistry Applications

    Unit 2: Physical Science Applications

    Unit 3: Biological Systems


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    Unit Structure pathways

    • Unit abstract

    • Learning outcomes

    • Unit content

    • Grading Grid

    • Essential guidance for tutors


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    Grading Grid pathways

    • Sets out the learning outcomes in the context of each unit the evidence required for the student to achieve a pass, merit or distinction award.

    • For example:

      Pass – investigate and describe ionic, covalent and metallic bonds.

      Merit – investigate and explain the difference in properties of substances with ionic, covalent and metallic bonded substances.

      Distinction – explain bonding in terms of stability – a means of achieving an empty outer shell either by donating, accepting or sharing electrons.


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    BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science pathways(2006 proposed ) — 2 core + 4 options

    • Unit 1- CORE: Scientific Principles

    • Unit 2- CORE : Science and the World of Work

    • Unit 3: Chemistry Applications

    • Unit 4: Physical Science Applications ----- Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

    • Unit 5: Biological Systems

    • Unit 6: Working with Science

    • Unit 7: Anatomy and Physiology

    • Unit 8: Environmental Science

    • Unit 9: Plants and Food

    • Unit 10: Forensic Science Applications

    • Unit 11: Science in Medicine


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    Support Services pathways

    • Guidance on delivery of the programme

    • Assessment guides

    • Access to subject experts

    • Extensive programme of training and feedback

      events nationwide


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    Why choose 360Science? pathways

    • Greater flexibility- both for you and your students

    • More chances for students to succeed- your professional judgement a key in the assessment- many re-sit opportunities to build success

    • Higher motivation- compelling content- matched to strengths

    • Better support for everyone involved- detailed lesson plans for you- a wide range of textbooks to support students- feedback for you at item level


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    Further Questions pathways

    • Complete your details on event feedback form

    • Call 0870 240 9813

    • Email 360Science@edexcel.org.uk

    • Website www.edxcel.org.uk/360science


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