GCSE Qualifications Assessment Plans 2021 - Pencoed ...

 
GCSE Qualifications Assessment Plans 2021 - Pencoed ...
GCSE Qualifications Assessment Plans 2021
GCSE Qualifications Assessment Plans 2021 - Pencoed ...
Art and Design GCSE
What is being assessed?
The adaptation made for 2021 enables learners to complete the Portfolio (Unit 1)
only = 100%. This consists of a significant practical theme-based portfolio and
outcome/s with integrated critical and contextual analysis. The themes undertaken
have already been determined by discussions between the learner and teacher.

The Portfolio (also known as coursework) should encompass the principal areas of
art, craft and design. These emphasise the qualities of analytical understanding,
practical experimentation, researching and individual expression pertaining to
GCSE Art and Design.

There should be appropriate content for this Art and Design GCSE and a balance of
both processes and outcomes, with suitable use of media, techniques and
processes relevant to the chosen theme which provides evidence of how the
learner has addressed each of the four assessment objectives: 4 AOs x 25% = 100%
These have been discussed with learners to ensure understanding:

   ● AO1 Critical understanding; AO2 Creative making:
   ● AO3 Reflective recording; AO4 Personal presentation.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

The Art and Design GCSE Portfolio should demonstrate a balance of both processes
and outcomes, with suitable use of media, techniques and processes relevant to
the chosen theme. The learner’s Portfolio represents a sustained and coherent
body of work which is produced over time and they need to demonstrate sufficient
evidence of their knowledge, skills and understanding in each of the four
assessment objectives (above).

Learners are strongly encouraged to showcase their strengths in terms of their
chosen theme, subject-matter, art materials and art techniques demonstrated.

The content of their portfolio has been discussed with learners to ensure
understanding.
Business Studies GCSE
What is being assessed?

   ● AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business concepts and
     issues
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of business concepts and issues to
     a variety of business contexts
   ● AO3 Analyse and evaluate business information and issues to demonstrate
     understanding of business activity, make judgements and draw conclusions

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

There are 2 units of work that pupils will be assessed on, both units assess content
from all 6 topic areas:

   ● Unit 1 – Business World (62.5% of full GCSE)

A mix of structured questions based on stimulus material covering all of the
specification content to business decision-making, including: the interdependent
nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance,
marketing and human resources.

   ● Unit 2 – Business Perceptions (37.5% of full GCSE)

Data response questions using case studies covering all of the specification
content.
Learners will be expected to use a range of mathematical skills and make justifiable
decisions using both quantitative and qualitative methods applied in the context of
GCSE Business.

These quantitative skills will be assessed in both examination papers, totalling at
least 10% of the overall marks available for the qualification
Design Technology GCSE
What is being assessed?

The Assessment Objective (AO’s) that will be used to calculate students grades in
DT are as follows:
   ● AO1 - Identify, investigate, analyse and outline design possibilities to
       address needs and wants
   ● AO2 - Design and make prototypes and evaluate their fitness for purpose
   ● AO3 -Analyse and evaluate: design decision and outcomes in relation to
       products wider issues in design and technology
   ● AO4 - Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of design and
       technology principles.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Evidence gathering for students knowledge:
   ● Unit 1 - adapted assessment materials

Unit 1 will assess students' knowledge and understanding of the core
content (general DT) and in-depth content (product design specific
knowledge) AO3 and AO4.

This assessment will make up 50% of the course.

   ● Unit 2 - NEA - Coursework

(a) Identifying design possibilities. AO1
(b) Developing a design brief and specification. AO1
(c) Generating and developing design ideas. AO2
(d) Making a prototype. AO2

These will make up 50% of the marks that will be used to calculate students'
grades.
Drama GCSE
What is being assessed?

Learners can achieve the same grade by demonstrating different combinations of
knowledge, skills and understanding. Strengths in some areas may balance
shortcomings in other areas.
Learners in DRAMA should demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding
in each of the following assessment objectives:

   ● A01 - Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical
     performance
   ● A02 - Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance
   ● A03 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and
     theatre is developed and performed
   ● A04- Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?
Devising Theatre. – NEA Unit 1 completed from Sept- Dec 2020.
   ● Learners must participate in the creation, development and performance of
       a piece of devised theatre based on either the work of a theatre practitioner
       or a genre in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.
   ●   Each learner must produce a portfolio of supporting evidence which
       demonstrates the research, creation and development of ideas called The
       Creative Log
   ●   Learners must complete a written evaluation of the devised performance
   ●   Learners must be been assessed on either acting or design skill
Interpreting Theatre
Learners must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama and
theatre is developed and performed through the study of a performance text and
through responding to live theatre.
       This will be 3 x mini written assessments
       Section A will focus on the set text is Two Faces by Manon Steffan Ros
       Section B will focus on a theatre review essay. Learners are required to analyse
       and evaluate a given aspect of live theatre viewed during the course.

       Learners will be expected to analyse and evaluate how meaning is communicated
       through the role of theatre makers from the viewpoint of an actor, designer,
       director and consider the impact of decisions made on the audience .
Engineering BTEC Level 1/2
What is being assessed?

   ●   Unit 1 - exam based
A. know about engineering processes used to produce modern engineered
products
B. know about developments in engineering materials and technologies
C. understand how engineering contributes to a sustainable future.

    ● Unit 2 - coursework based:
A. understand the performance requirements of an engineered product
B. understand the selection of specific materials for use in the components that
make up an engineered product
C. understand the selection and use of manufacturing processes in an engineered
product
D. understand the quality issues related to an engineered product.

    ● Unit 8 - coursework based:
A. know about electronic systems design
B. design and construct electronic circuits using electronic building blocks
C. know how to populate circuit boards permanently and construct electronic
circuits safely
D. test and evaluate electronic circuits.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Engineering is assessed using GLH. The
total required to complete the course is 120GLH.

Assessment breakdown:
Unit 1 - The Engineered World External: On-line examination -30GLH (25%)
Unit 2 - Investigating an Engineering Product Internal: 4 essay based assignments -
30GLH (25%)
Unit 8 - Electronic Circuit Design and Construction Internal: 7 assignments - 60 GLH
(50%)
English Language GCSE
What is being assessed?

   ● AO1 assessment on researching and presenting skills - completed NEA
     Oracy Unit 1
   ● AO2 assessment on high-order reading skills
   ● AO3 assessment on extended writing skills

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Learners should demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in each of
the three assessment objectives.
For AO1 - Oracy Individual Presentation which was completed between September
2020 - December 2020. This was on their chosen topic and was recorded for
moderation purposes.
For AO2 - Reading skills will cover all of the higher-order reading skills - explain,
analysis, compare and synthesise through the study and assessing of Unit 2 texts.
For AO3 - Extended writing skills assessed through Unit 2 Descriptive/Narrative
writing and proofreading.

Mini-assessments for AO2 and AO3 will cover broad themes.
English Language Entry Level
What is being assessed?

Component 2. Topic Tests.

   ● Response to prose
   ● Narrative Writing
   ● Proofreading

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Component 2. Topic tests: 3 x 30 mins assessments 45% weighting

   ● Pupils will answer a mixture of short response questions and 1
     extended response.
   ● Pupils will need to identify and locate facts, ideas and information
     within a text.
   ● Pupils will need to show an understanding and express opinions from a
     text.
   ● Pupils will need to write with creative ideas and good imagination.
   ● Pupils will need to focus on spelling and use of language.
English Literature GCSE
What is being assessed?

AO1 • Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant
textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations

AO2 • Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’
presentation of ideas, themes and settings

AO3 • Make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’
different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects

AO4 • Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts
have been influential and significant to self, and other readers in different contexts
and at different times

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

NEA Unit 3 - Completed during the academic year of 2019-2020. This includes a
study of a Shakespeare play (either Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet) and the
comparison of two poems from the Welsh poem anthology on the theme of Work
and Leisure. (This covers all of the Assessment Objectives).

Unit 2B - The study of the novel with literary heritage context. This study is of
Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ - this assesses AO1, AO2 through the extract question
and AO1, AO2, AO4 through the essay question.
The study of a play. This study is of Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’. This assesses
additional AO1 and AO2.
Geography GCSE
What is being assessed?

AO1.1: Demonstrate knowledge of places, environments and processes at a variety
of scales

A01.2: Demonstrate understanding of places, environments, concepts and
interrelationships at a variety of scales

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate
geographical information and issues and to make judgements

A03: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate
questions and issues and communicate findings

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Learners will have mini assessments on:

   ●   Unit 1: Changing Physical Landscapes. This consists of Landscapes & Physical
       Processes and Rural-Urban Links.

   ● Unit 2: Environmental & Development Issues. This consists of Weather,
     Climate & Ecosystems and Development and Resource Issues.
Health and Social Care GCSE
What is being assessed?

Pupils will cover all 3 AO’s in the external exam unit and the NEA unit. Only 1 NEA task will be
completed as directed by the WJEC. All assessment objectives are able to be covered in this task
and the Exam unit paper.
   ● AO1 Pupils will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of health and social care, and
        childcare concepts, values and issues
   ● AO2 Pupils will be able to apply knowledge and understanding of health and social care,
        and childcare concepts, values and issues in a variety of relevant contexts
   ● AO3 Pupils will be able to analyse and evaluate health and social care, and childcare
        concepts, values and issues, making reasoned judgements and drawing conclusions

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Unit 1 Exam 40% WEIGHTING
     ● Pupils will be expected to show a clear understanding of human development
         across the life cycle from infancy to later adulthood.
     ● They will need to demonstrate clear understanding of Physical, social, emotional
         and intellectual (PIES) health throughout the life cycle and have a clear knowledge
         of the factors that affect health & well being.
     ● They will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the importance of active
         participation on development and well-being. Pupils need to have an awareness of
         resilience and growth mindset and their impact on health & well being.
     ● Pupils should be aware of the importance of early intervention and prevention to
         promote and support growth, development and well-being for a range of
         conditions and circumstances.
It is essential that pupils are able to not only recall and discuss information in each of
these areas but are able to apply their knowledge to different scenarios and evaluate the
impacts of a range of different factors on the well being of individuals.
All topics have been covered in this unit and we will revisit specific topics in preparation
for the assessments.
2 x 45 minute assessments will be carried out to allow pupils to demonstrate knowledge
in all areas.
Unit 2 NEA 60% WEIGHTING This work was almost completed in school before Christmas
and pupils have been finishing off tasks at home.
In the NEA task pupils will demonstrate their knowledge of health & social care service
provision & legislation in Wales and be able to present their findings in an appropriate
way demonstrating an ability to research appropriate information and apply that
information to a chosen client group. They will need to demonstrate an ability to gather
data and interpret their findings and demonstrate clear evaluative skills, drawing
conclusions to their findings in a clear and well expressed analysis.
History GCSE
What is being assessed?

Learners cover all four AOs through the completion of the modified GCSE syllabus
consisting of two units and the non-examined assessment.

   ● AO1 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and
     characteristics of the periods studied
   ● AO2 - Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using
     second-order historical concepts.
   ● AO3 - Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to
     make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
   ● AO4 - Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about
     interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the
     context of historical events studied.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

   ● Unit 1 (The Elizabethan Era) -
This unit covers all four Assessment Objectives. The coverage of the syllabus has
been completed and content and skills will be revisited.

   ● Unit 2 (The USA: A Nation of Contrasts, 1910-1929) -
This unit assesses AO1,AO2 and AO3. This unit was completed in Year 10 and
content and skills will be revisited.

   ● Unit 4 (NEA) -
This was completed in Year 10 and assesses all four Assessment Objectives.
Hospitality and Catering Level 1/ 2 Vocational Qualification

What is being assessed?
There are Learning Outcomes(LOs)for this qualification rather than AOs.
In the exam unit pupils will have been taught a wide range of theory topics which
will have allowed them to develop their understanding of these 5 areas.
Exam unit 40% weighting
    ● LO1 Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers
       operate
    ● LO2 Understand how hospitality and catering provisions operate
    ● LO3 Understand how hospitality and catering provision meets health and
       safety requirements
    ● LO4 Know how food can cause ill health
    ● LO5 Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific
       requirements

In the NEA unit pupils have been required to research and gather data on the
topics identified and write up their findings in as much detail as possible.
NEA unit 60 % weighting
    ● LO1 understand the importance of nutrition when planning menus
    ● LO2 understand menu planning
    ● LO3 be able to cook dishes

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?
In the exam unit pupils have already been awarded a CAG from last year. Topic
tests have been carried out to prepare them for a formal written assessment which
will allow them to demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the key
LO’s identified.

2 x 45 minute assessments will be carried out to assess knowledge and
understanding of all areas.

The NEA written task will be fully completed and all research & planning tasks will
allow them to show evidence of LO1 & LO2. They will be given the opportunity to
prepare and serve one dish that they have planned rather than 2 that was
previously expected which will allow them to achieve LO3.
A 2 hour practical exam will be completed.
ICT GCSE
What is being assessed?

Pupils studying GCSE ICT will be judged on the following Assessment Objectives.
   ● AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of
       ICT.
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to produce ICT-based
       solutions.
   ● AO3 Analyse, evaluate, make reasoned judgements and present
       conclusions.

These assessment Objectives will be covered through the completion (or part
completion) of set units of study.

Pupils following Full Course award in ICT will meet the above assessment
objectives through the completion of 3 units of study; Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 4.

Pupils following the Short Course award in ICT will meet the above assessment
objectives through the completion of 2 units of study; Unit 1 and Unit 2.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

   ●   Unit 1: Understanding ICT (Short Course only: 40%)
This unit will assess the requirements of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for
Information and Communication Technology and the functional elements of ICT in
a home and school context.
    ● Unit 2: Solving Problems with ICT (Full Course: 30%; Short Course: 60%)
This assessment consists of a portfolio of work which shows candidates'
attainment in obtaining and interpreting different types of information; using,
developing and communicating information to meet the purpose of their studies
and presenting the results of their work. This assignment will assess the practical
aspects of the functional elements of ICT. This unit was completed during year 10
and the first few weeks of Year 11.

   ● Unit 3: ICT in Organisations (Full Course only: 40%)
This unit will assess the 'application' content of ICT in a business and industry
context.

   ● Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions (Full Course only: 30%)
This assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work
using multimedia software following a single task brief issued by WJEC.
Mathematics GCSE
What is being assessed?

The most appropriate grade to award will depend in practice upon the extent to
which the learner has met the assessment objectives overall. Shortcomings in
some aspects of the evidence may be balanced by better performances in others

AO1 - Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content
• Recall and use mathematical facts and concepts.
• Recall and use standard mathematical methods.
• Follow direct instructions to solve problems involving routine procedures.

AO2 - Select and apply mathematical methods
• Select and use the mathematics and resources needed to solve a problem.
• Select and apply mathematical methods to solve nonstandard or unstructured,
multi-step problems.
• Make decisions when tackling a given task, for example, choose how to display
given information.

AO3 - Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them
• Devise strategies to solve non-routine or unfamiliar problems, breaking them
into smaller, more manageable tasks, where necessary.
• Communicate mathematically, using a wide range of mathematical language,
notation and symbols to explain reasoning and to express mathematical ideas
unambiguously.
• Construct arguments and proofs using logical deduction.
• Interpret findings or solutions in the context of the original problem.
• Use inferences and deductions made from mathematical information to draw
conclusions.
• Reflect on results and evaluate the methods employed.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Having taught all aspects of the GCSE content across all tiers, pupils can expect to
be assessed on both Unit 1 and Unit 2 Mathematics. Unit 1 and unit 2 will hold
equal weighting in contribution towards the CDG.
Assessment Object 1 will hold approximately 50-60% weighting of all marks
awarded whereas Assessment Objective 2 and 3 will hold 10% - 20% and 25% -
35% respectively.

Each tier will have their own set of four ‘mini assessments/tasks’ that will allow
pupils to evidence the understanding and knowledge in both calculator and non
calculator permitted scenarios. These tasks will take approx 48 minutes

Pupils could also be assessed on their use of mathematical equipment such as
protractors, rulers and compasses and must ensure to come well prepared in
readiness for their ‘mini assessments’.

A brief outline of the topics covered are listed below.

Higher tier
Algebraic Fractions, Angles in Polygons, Cosine rule, Difference of two squares,
Estimating, Expanding and simplifying, Factorising, Fractions, Probability,
Probability Trees, Proportion, Pythagoras, Rearranging Formulae, Recurring
Decimals to Fractions & Surds, Rules of Indices, Sectors, Similar Shapes,
Simultaneous equations, SOH CAH TOA, Solving Quadratics, Square & Cube Roots,
Standard form, Transformations, Trial & Improvement, Trigonometry Graphs,
Upper and Lower Bounds, Volume.

Intermediate tier
Angle facts, Angles in polygons, Area and Perimeter, Averages, Equations,
Estimating, Expanding and simplifying, Factorising, Fractions, Manipulating algebra,
Measurements, Number Facts, Percentages, Probability, Pythagoras' Theorem,
Sequences - Nth Term, Similar Shapes, Simultaneous Equations, Standard form,
Straight line graphs, Symmetry, Transformations, Tree diagrams, Trial and
improvement, Trigonometry, Volume.

Foundation tier
Angle facts, Angles on a straight line, Area and Perimeter, Area of a triangle,
Averages, Comparing fractions, Converting units, Dividing, Equations, Fraction,
Listing outcomes, Logical thinking, Manipulating algebra, Measuring, Money,
Multiples and factors, Naming quadrilaterals, nth Term, Number facts, One step
equation, Percentage of an amount, Powers and roots, Probability, Rotational
symmetry, Rounding, Sequences, Setting up an equation, Straight line graphs,
Symmetry, Transformations, Volume of a cuboid
Numeracy GCSE
What is being assessed?

The most appropriate grade to award will depend in practice upon the extent to
which the learner has met the assessment objectives overall. Shortcomings in
some aspects of the evidence may be balanced by better performances in others.

AO1 - Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content
  ● Recall and use mathematical facts and concepts.
  ● Recall and use standard mathematical methods.
  ● Follow direct instructions to solve problems involving routine procedures.
AO2 - Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts
  ● Select and use the mathematics and resources needed to solve a problem.
  ● Select and apply mathematical methods to solve nonstandard or
       unstructured, multi-step problems.
  ● Make decisions when tackling a given task, for example, choose how to
       display given information.
AO3 - Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them
  ● Devise strategies to solve non-routine or unfamiliar problems, breaking
       them into smaller, more manageable tasks, where necessary.
  ● Communicate mathematically, using a wide range of mathematical
       language, notation and symbols to explain reasoning and to express
       mathematical ideas unambiguously.
  ● Construct arguments and proofs using logical deduction.
  ● Interpret findings or solutions in the context of the original problem.
  ● Use inferences and deductions made from mathematical information to
       draw conclusions.
  ● Reflect on results and evaluate the methods employed.
What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Having taught all aspects of the GCSE content across all tiers, pupils can expect to
be assessed on both Unit 1 and Unit 2 Mathematics. Unit 1 and unit 2 will hold
equal weighting in contribution towards the CDG.

Assessment Object 1 will hold approximately 15-25% weighting of all marks
awarded whereas Assessment Objective 2 and 3 will hold 50%-60% and 20% - 30%
respectively.
Each tier will have their own set of two ‘mini assessments/tasks’ that will allow
pupils to evidence the understanding and knowledge in both calculator and non
calculator permitted scenarios. These tasks will take approximately 48 minutes

Pupils could also be assessed on their use of mathematical equipment such as
protractors, rulers and compasses and must ensure to come well prepared in
readiness for their ‘mini assessments’.

A brief outline of the topics covered are listed below.

Higher tier
3D Trigonometry, Area of a compound shape, Bearings, Compound interest,
Conversion graphs, Cumulative Frequency, Interest, Ratio, Reverse percentage,
Similar shapes, Upper and Lower bounds, Using a formula, Volume and surface
area of a cylinder.

Intermediate tier
Bearings, Bills, Compound interest, Cumulative Frequency, Estimation, Exchange
rates, Interest, Money and change, Percentage of amounts, Percentages,
Pictograms, Pie charts, Ratio, Reading graphs and time, Reverse percentage, Upper
and lower bounds, Volume of a compound prism

Foundation tier
Area by counting, Area of a rectangle, Bills, Conversion graph, Money (best buy),
units, Money and percentages, Pattern, Percentage increase, Percentage of
amounts, Pictogram, exchange rate, Pie charts, , Problem solving with fruit,
Reading from a graph, Temperatures (Negative numbers), Vertical line diagram.
Additional Maths GCSE
What is being assessed?

The most appropriate grade to award will depend in practice upon the extent to
which the learner has met the assessment objectives overall. Shortcomings in
some aspects of the evidence may be balanced by better performances in others

AO1 - Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content
• Recall and use mathematical facts and concepts.
• Recall and use standard mathematical methods.
• Follow direct instructions to solve problems involving routine procedures.

AO2 - Select and apply mathematical methods
• Select and use the mathematics and resources needed to solve a problem.
• Select and apply mathematical methods to solve nonstandard or unstructured,
multi-step problems.
• Make decisions when tackling a given task, for example, choose how to display
given information.

AO3 - Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them
• Devise strategies to solve non-routine or unfamiliar problems, breaking them
into smaller, more manageable tasks, where necessary.
• Communicate mathematically, using a wide range of mathematical language,
notation and symbols to explain reasoning and to express mathematical ideas
unambiguously.
• Construct arguments and proofs using logical deduction.
• Interpret findings or solutions in the context of the original problem.
• Use inferences and deductions made from mathematical information to draw
conclusions.
• Reflect on results and evaluate the methods employed.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Pupils should expect to cover a number of short and long(er), both structured and
unstructured questions, which may be set on any part of the subject content of the
unit. A number of questions will assess learners' understanding of more than one
topic from the subject content. A calculator will be allowed throughout.

Papers will be divided into smaller ‘mini’ assessments.

Pupils can expect to cover all topics learned that appear in their syllabus followed
this year. A brief outline:
Algebra
Simplify numerical expressions involving surds.
Understand and use indices with negative and fractional values.
Factorisation of quadratic expressions.
Solution of quadratic equations by factorisation.
Formation and manipulation of quadratic equations.
Simplify algebraic expressions involving fractions.
Solution of algebraic equations involving fractions.
Completing the square.
Remainder theorem.
Factor theorem.
Algebraic proof.
Solution of one linear and one quadratic equation.

Coordinate geometry
Distance between two points. Gradient of the straight line joining two points.
Equation of a straight line
Equations of lines parallel and perpendicular to a given line.
Intersection of a straight line with a curve.

Mensuration
Measurement including distances and angles, to more complex plane shapes and
solids, including circular arcs, cylinders, cones and spheres.

Calculus
First principles
Differentiation
Second differentials
Max and Min values
Integration

Trigonometry
Trigonometric ratios of angles
3D Trigonometry
The graphs and behaviour of trigonometric functions
Media Studies GCSE
What is being assessed?

   ● AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of
     media studies

   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of media
     studies to:
     • analyse media products
     • evaluate their own practical work

   ● AO3 Research, develop and create media products for an intended
     audience, by applying knowledge and understanding of concepts of media
     studies to communicate meaning.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

In their study of the three GCSE units, learners should have engaged with:
A range of media industries and media products from the following selection:
• Advertising
• Video Games
• Newspapers
• Music
• TV
• Film
• Radio
• Magazines
• Online & Social Media
The following key media concepts:
• Media Language
• Representation
• Audience
Learners should be able to analyse a range of media products.
Physical Education GCSE
What is being assessed?

Pupils will complete work covering FOUR assessment objectives in Physical
Education. This will be done by combining practical performance in two activities
with three 40 minute assessments.

   ● AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that
     underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin
     performance and involvement in physical activity and sport
   ● AO3 Analyse and evaluate the factors that underpin performance and
     involvement in physical activity and sport
   ● AO4 Demonstrate and apply relevant skills and techniques in physical
     activity and sport, Analyse and evaluate performance

All of AO1 & AO3 and three quarters of AO2 will be marked via the three
assessments. The remaining one quarter of AO2 and all of AO4 will be assessed in
the two practical activities. Previously, the WJEC removed the requirement for the
submission of written coursework due to limited face to face learning
opportunities during the GCSE course.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Practical Work (50%)
Practical work and marking is near completion. The two activities will be marked
and moderated by members of the PE department. Where pupils have opted for
activities that the department does not do in school, pupils will need to submit
video evidence of performance and coach witness statements.
Theory Work (50%)
Remaining teaching time to be used to prepare for the three assessments. All
topics have been taught to date, and focus will now be put on ensuring all pupils
are ready for the assessments. These will be generated using the key areas of the
GCSE PE course:
        1. Health, training and exercise
        2. Exercise physiology
        3. Movement analysis
        4. Psychology of sport and physical activity
        5. Socio-cultural issues in sport and physical activity.
As suggested in the WJEC PE Assessment Framework, the department will adapt
past papers to provide the focus for the assessments. Specific topic coverage is as
follows:
    - The skeletal system, joints and levers
    - The muscular system
    - Movement analysis (planes and axes)
    - Components of Fitness / Fitness Testing
    - Methods of Training
    - Energy Systems
    - Sedentary Lifestyles and Wellbeing
    - Diet & Nutrition
    - Knowledge of Performance & Knowledge of Results
    - Girls Participation in Sport / Disabled Sport
    - Training zones (intensities)
    - Goal Setting
    - Skill & Skillful Performance
    - Guidance
    - Stages of Learning
    - Technology
    - Funding for Sports Performers
RS Full Course GCSE
What is being assessed?

Learners in RS should demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in
each of the following assessment objectives:

AO1- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, including:

*beliefs, practices and sources of authority

*influence on individuals, communities and societies

*similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs

A02- Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their
significance and influence

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Having taught all aspects of the specification, students will be assessed on 3 of the
6 units for both the unit 1 (year 10 work) and unit 2 (year 11 work). This will allow
us to show breadth and depth of the specification.

From the unit 1 (year 10 course) pupils will be assessed on the following area:

   ·     Life and Death

From the unit 2 (year 11 course) pupils will be assessed on the following areas:

   ·     Islam

   ·     Relationships

This will allow the department to make sure that the majority of the work assessed
is based on work taught face to face rather than work completed online during the
beginning of the summer term. Also the content assessed based on the year 10
course is content taught face to face prior to the first national lockdown. Within
each assessment pupils will be assessed on A01 and A02 learning objectives.
RE NCFE Equality and Diversity
What is being assessed?

The objectives of these qualifications are to help learners to:
raise their awareness of the issues surrounding equality and diversity
apply this awareness through their actions in society, community and the
workplace.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates
achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with
each unit.
   ● Equality and diversity in society
   ● Equality and diversity in the community
   ● Equality and diversity in the workplace

For those studying the Equality and Diversity AWARD (111 only) they will only need
evidence from the Equality and Diversity in society unit.
Science Triple Award Biology GCSE
What is being assessed?

   ● AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas,
     processes, techniques and procedures.
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes,
     techniques and procedures
   ● AO3 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and
     evidence, including in relation to issues, to: Make judgements and reach
     conclusions and Develop and refine practical design and procedures.

For each series:

The weighting for the assessment of mathematical skills will be a minimum of 10%
The weighting for the assessment of practical skills will be a minimum of 15%

The ability to select, organise and communicate information and ideas coherently
using scientific convention and vocabulary will be tested across the assessment
objectives. Writing accurately will be assessed in specified questions that require
extended writing ie QER questions in Units 1 and 2. Writing accurately takes into
account the candidates use of specialist language, spelling, punctuation and
grammar.

                      AO1     AO2     AO3

 Unit 1               18%     18%     9%

 Unit 2               18%     18%     9%

 Unit 3               4%      4%      2%

 Overall weighting    40%     40%     20%

Only Unit 2 will be accessed by candidates in 2021.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

The following content will be assessed on Biology GCSE Unit 2 (higher tier).This will
cover the following topics of the specification:
DNA and Inheritance, How Science Works,Mathematical skills and
   experimental skills. Variation, Response and regulation,Structure of the
   nervous system. Structure of the eye. Microorganisms and Disease,
   Classification and Biodiversity, The Kidney and Homeostasis,Cell Division and
   Stem cells

A Unit 2 Higher tier past paper style examination in Biology (as suggested in
example 1 of the WJEC assessment framework for Biology GCSE), will be used to
award grades.

The assessment is worth 80 raw marks.Learners will sit assessments during normal
timetabled lessons, supervised by the subject teacher.

Unit 2 will be sat in two sessions. The full paper would be 1hr and 45mins. 1 mark =
approx. 1.31mins.

Session 1, 44 marks – 58mins

Session 2, 36 marks – 47mins

Total marks from session 2 = 36

Total marks on paper = 80

Science Triple Award Chemistry GCSE
What is being assessed?

   ● AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas,
       processes, techniques and procedures.
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes,
       techniques and procedures
   ● AO3 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and
       evidence, including in relation to issues, to: Make judgements and reach
       conclusions and Develop and refine practical design and procedures.
For each series;
The weighting for the assessment of mathematical skills will be a minimum of 10%
The weighting for the assessment of practical skills will be a minimum of 15%
The ability to select, organise and communicate information and ideas coherently
using scientific convention and vocabulary will be tested across the assessment
objectives. Writing accurately will be assessed in specified questions that require
extended writing ie QER questions in Units 1 and 2.
Writing accurately takes into account the candidates use of specialist language,
spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Only Unit 2 will be accessed by candidates in 2021. The assessment is worth 68
raw marks.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

The following content will be assessed on Chemistry GCSE Unit 2 (higher tier). This
will cover the following topics of the specification: Bonding, Structure and
Properties, Acids, Bases and Salts, Metals and their extraction, Chemical reactions
and energy, Crude oil, fuels and organic chemistry, Reversible reactions, industrial
processes and important chemicals

   ● A Unit 2 Higher tier past paper style examination in Chemistry (as suggested
     in example 1 of the WJEC assessment framework for Chemistry GCSE), will
     be used to award grades.
   ● The assessment is worth 68 raw marks. Learners will sit assessments during
     normal timetabled lessons, supervised by the subject teacher.
   ● Unit 2 will be sat in two sessions. The full paper would be 1hr and 45mins. 1
     mark = approx. 1.31mins.

Session 1, 33 marks – 44 mins / Session 2, 35 marks – 46 mins

Total marks on paper = 68

Science Triple Award Physics GCSE
What is being assessed?

Learners should demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in each of
the following assessment objectives:

   ● AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas,
     processes, techniques and procedures.
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes,
     techniques and procedures
   ● AO3 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and
     evidence

The following weightings will be achieved:
AO1              AO2             AO3             Maths            Practical

      37%              41%             22%               37%              25%

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

The following content will be assessed on Physics GCSE Unit 2 (higher tier):

      2.1 Distance, speed and acceleration
      2.2 Newton's laws
      2.3 Work and energy
      2.4 Further motion concepts
      2.5 Stars and planets
      2.6 The Universe
      2.7 Types of radiation
Science GCSE Double Award
What is being assessed?

   ●   Learners can achieve the same grade by demonstrating different combinations of
     knowledge, skills and understanding. Strengths in some areas may balance
     shortcomings in other areas. Learners in Double Award Science should
     demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in each of the following
     assessment objectives:
   ● AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes,
     techniques and procedures.
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques
     and procedures
   ● AO3 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence,
     including in relation to issues, to: · Make judgements and reach conclusions ·
     Develop and refine practical design and procedures.

For each series:

      The weighting for the assessment of mathematical skills will be a minimum of 20%
      The weighting for the assessment of practical skills will be a minimum of 15%

The ability to select, organise and communicate information and ideas coherently using
scientific convention and vocabulary will be tested across the assessment objectives.
Writing accurately will be assessed in specified questions that require extended writing ie
QER questions in Units 1 - 6.

This will only apply to Units 4, (Biology), Unit 5 (Chemistry) and 6 ( Physics) in 2021.

Writing accurately takes into account the candidates use of specialist language, spelling,
punctuation and grammar. The table below shows the weighting of each assessment
objective for each unit and for the qualification as a whole. For 2021, only Units 2,4 and 6
will contribute to the final grade.

New assessment objective weightings 2021.

                        AO1           AO2           AO3

  Unit 4                6%             6%           3%

  Unit 5                6%             6%           3%

  Unit 6                6%             6%           3%

Overall Weighting       18%          18%            9%

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?
Double Award Science, Biology, Higher tier.
The following content will be assessed on Biology 2 GCSE Unit 4 (higher tier). This will cover the
following topics of the specification:

    ●   DNA and Inheritance The Structure of DNA. The mechanisms of inheritance. · How Science
        Works Mathematical skills, experimental skills. ·
    ●   Variation and Evolution How evolution occurs as a result of natural selection. ( QER) ·
        Microorganisms and Disease Techniques used in the culture of microorganisms. How new
        medicines are developed. Mathematical and experimental skills. ·
    ●   Classification and Biodiversity The factors that affect biodiversity and how it can be
        measured.
    ●    Cell Division and Stem cells The processes by which cells divide to cause growth and in
        the production of gametes.

Double Award Science, Chemistry Unit 5, Higher tier.

 The following content will be assessed on Chemistry 2 GCSE Unit 5 (higher tier). This will cover
the following topics of the specification:

    ●   Crude oil, fuels and carbon compounds/ Chemical reactions and energy The trends in
        properties of fractions with increasing chain length and the effect on their usefulness as
        fuels. How to determine experimentally the energy per gram released by a burning fuel.
        Mathematical skills, experimental skills. Energy profiles for exothermic and endothermic
        reactions. ·
    ●   Bonding, structure and properties Electronic structure in explaining how ionic and
        covalent bonding takes place (and how this is represented using dot and cross diagrams) ·
    ●    Acids, Bases and Salts Titration as a method to prepare solutions of soluble salts and to
        determine relative concentrations of solutions of acids/alkalis. The test used to identify
        sulfate ions.
    ●    Bonding, structure and properties The properties of diamond, graphite, and fullerenes
        and how these are explained in terms of structure and bonding. Individual atoms not
        having the same properties as bulk materials as demonstrated by diamond, graphite and
        fullerenes, and having different properties despite all containing only carbon atoms. ·
    ●   Crude oil, fuels and carbon compounds Isomerism in more complex alkanes and alkenes
        (QER)

Double Award Science, Physics Unit 6, Higher tier.

    ●    The following content will be assessed on Physics 2 GCSE Unit 6 (higher tier). This will
        cover the following topics of the specification:
    ●   Distance, speed and acceleration ·
    ●    Newton's laws ·
    ●   Work and energy ·
    ●    Stars and planets ·
    ●    Types of radiation

Foundation Tier.

Double Award Science, Biology, Foundation tier.
The following content will be assessed on Biology 2 GCSE Unit 4 (foundation tier). This will cover
the following topics of the specification: DNA and Inheritance The mechanisms of inheritance. ·

    ●   Response and Regulation The nervous system. · How Science Works Mathematical skills,
        experimental skills. ·
    ●   Variation and Evolution How evolution occurs as a result of natural selection. ·
    ●   Microorganisms and Disease Pathogens. How new medicines are developed.
        Mathematical and experimental skills.
    ●   Classification and Biodiversity The factors that affect biodiversity and how it can be
        measured. · Cell Division and Stem cells The processes by which cells divide to cause
        growth and in the production of gametes. ( QER)

Double Award Science, Chemistry Unit 5, Foundation tier.

The following content will be assessed on Chemistry 2 GCSE Unit 5 (foundation tier). This will
cover the following topics of the specification: Bonding, structure and properties The 'sea' of
electrons/lattice of positive ions structural model for metals in explaining their physical
properties. The properties and uses of nano-scale particles of silver. ·

    ●    Acids, Bases and Salts Substances as acidic, alkaline or neutral in terms of the pH scale,
        including acid/alkali strength. The test used to identify carbonate, and sulfate ions and
        carbon dioxide. the names of the salts formed by sulfuric acid. ·
    ●    Bonding, structure and properties
    ●   Electronic structure in explaining how ionic, covalent and metallic bonding takes place.
        The properties of metals, ionic compounds, simple molecular covalent substances and
        giant covalent substances. ·
    ●    Metals and their extraction Electrolysis of molten ionic compounds e.g. lead (II) chloride
        (including electrode equations) Reduction and oxidation in terms of gain or loss of
        electrons. Factors affecting economic viability and sustainability of extraction processes
        e.g. siting of plants, fuel and energy costs, greenhouse emissions and recycling (QER)
    ●    Crude oil, fuels and carbon compounds/ Chemical reactions and energy The trends in
        properties of fractions with increasing chain length and the effect on their usefulness as
        fuels. How to determine experimentally the energy per gram released by a burning fuel.
        Mathematical skills, experimental skills. Energy profiles for exothermic and endothermic
        reactions.

Double Award Science, Physics Unit 6, Foundation tier.

The following content will be assessed on Physics 2 GCSE Unit 6 (foundation tier). This will cover
the following topics of the specification:

    ●   · Distance, speed and acceleration ·
    ●    Newton's laws ·
    ●    Work and energy ·
    ●    Stars and planets ·
    ●    Types of radiation
Single Award Science GCSE
What is being assessed?

Learners in GCSE Single Award Applied Science should demonstrate their
knowledge, skills and understanding in each of the following assessment
objectives:

   ●  AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas,
     processes, techniques and procedures
   ● AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes,
     techniques and procedures
   ● AO3 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and
     evidence, including in relation to issues, to: make judgements and reach
     conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures

Learners will be assessed on these three Assessment Objectives via 2 different
Units.

Unit 2 - Science to Support our Lifestyles will be assessed using 2 mini in class
assessment tasks and will contribute 60% to the CDG.

Unit 3 - Task Based Assessment will contribute 40% to the final CDG. Lots of
learners have already completed this Unit in November - December 2019. A
minority of learners will need to produce evidence for this unit during May 2021.

Therefore, the assessment objectives ( AO1, AO2 and AO3) will be weighted as
follows for the purpose of the CDG for 2021 GCSE Single Award Applied Science:

 2021 CDG UNITS        AO1 (%)              AO2 (%)               AO3 (%)

 Unit 2                24                   24                    12

 Unit 3                16                   16                    8

 Overall               40                   40                    20

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?
Unit 2 - 60% of CDG - There will be 2 mini class based assessments to cover the content of the
Science to Support our Lifestyles element of the course.

Mini Assessment 1 will consist of 6 questions ( 4 Biology based content questions on topics such
as Genetics / Factors affecting human health / Fighting disease, Exercise and Fitness in Humans, 2
Chemistry based content questions on Controlling chemical reactions) . This mini -assessment will
be worth 47 marks.
Mini Assessment 2 will consist of 3 questions ( 3 Physics based content questions on topics such
as Diagnosis and Treatment and Controlling Nuclear reactions). This mini-assessment will be
worth 28 marks.
Unit 4 40% of CDG- This task has been completed by lots of the learners already ( although some
will need to attempt this task in May 2021).
It will consist of an experiment scenario where learners will have to analyse and evaluate an
experiment that they have been provided data from.
Science Entry Level
Aims and Objectives.

The WJEC Entry level Certificate in Science specification will allow learners to
develop:

    ● Knowledge and understanding of key areas of science and its application
    ● Interest in and enthusiasm for science
    ● Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, and problem solving
      skills
    ● Understanding of the scientific process
    ● Scientific enquiry and modelling skills and understanding in laboratory and
      work related contexts
    ● Understanding of the relationships between data, evidence and
      explanations and their ability to evaluate scientific methods, evidence and
      conclusions
    ● Understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues
    ● Communication, mathematical and technological skills in scientific contexts

The subject content is made up of the following topics:

    ●   Modern Living and Energy
    ●   Obtaining Resources
    ●   Our Planet
    ●   Health fitness and sport.

The entry level course would normally consist of :

    ●   Unit 1 – Test 25%, 60 marks ( Will not go ahead in2021)
    ●   Unit 2 – A series of 4 end of topic tests, 120 marks, 60%
    ●   Unit 3 – 2 practical assessments, 40 marks, 15% ( Will not go ahead in 2021)

Grades would normally be awarded as follows:

    ●   Entry 1 = 35% of total marks
    ●   Entry 2 = 65% of final marks
    ●   Entry 3 = 80% of final mark.
Skills Challenge Certificate National/ foundation ( GCSE)

What is being assessed?
The National/Foundation Skills Challenge Certificate enables learners to develop
and demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in four essential and
employability skills:

   ●   Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
   ●   Planning and Organisation
   ●   Creativity and Innovation
   ●   Personal Effectiveness

Learners must be able to demonstrate their ability in applying these skills across a
number of different routes that will enable them to gain the qualification.

Route 1:
Learners complete the Individual Project and one other Challenge of their choice.

Route 2:
Learners complete the Global Challenge and the Enterprise and Employability
Challenge and in addition, complete the planning element from one other
Component.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

As stated above, depending on the most chosen route each learner will need to
demonstrate the 4 skills identified across 2 or more completed challenges.

Please note that following adaptations to the course , it was not required for
learners to complete the Community Challenge this year.
Welsh Second Language GCSE
What is being assessed?

Learners in Welsh Second Language should demonstrate their knowledge, skills
and understanding in each of the following assessment objectives:

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

Unit 2 Speaking and listening: The pupils will be prepared for this speaking and listening, using
topics which have already been covered in year 10 and in the first school term. The topics include:
    - Leisure time
    - Eating healthy & keeping fit
    - School problems of the young (Smoking, drinking, taking drugs)
    - One new topic of Technology will be introduced

Unit 3 & 4 Reading & Writing papers: The pupils will be prepared to answer a variety of reading
and writing questions for both papers. Pupils will be reminded how to retrieve required
information in reading tasks, how to identify positive and negative comments, respond to text by
expressing and justifying opinion, analysing a graph, summarising main points in an extract and
paying attention to order and progression / tense variety and accuracy of language for writing
questions. The topics will be as follows (the bold topics are the only new topics to be covered):
    - School/ Eating healthy/ problems of the young/ technology
    - speaking Welsh
    - part time work/shopping

The AO weightings are as follows (please note, Units 1 & 2 have now been combined and
therefore Unit 2 contributes 50% to the qualification)
Spanish GCSE
What is being assessed?

Learners of Spanish should demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding
in each of the following assessment objectives:

   ● AO1- Listening: understand and respond to different types of spoken
     language.
   ● AO2 - Speaking: communicate and interact effectively in speech
   ● AO3 - Reading: understand and respond to different types of written
     language.
   ● AO4 - Writing - communicate in writing.

The weighting of each assessment objective is 25%.

What knowledge, understanding and skills are being covered?

There are 3 broad themes that we cover at GCSE, not all topics have been covered
but the table below lists the ones that have been, and the ones pupils will be
assessed on.

The topics highlighted in blue are the ones that won’t be tested in the writing and
speaking questions but could be tested in the reading and listening questions.

How pupils will be assessed:

   ●   3 x 45 minute assessments on each of the broad themes focusing on the listening and
       reading assessment objectives. (A01/AO3) These will contain a mixture of foundation and
       higher questions. Pupils will need to demonstrate their ability to respond to a variety of
       spoken and written material.
   ●    1 x 45 assessment writing assessment. Pupils will need to demonstrate their ability to
       express and justify ideas and points of view and make reference to different time frames
       on any of the topics shown above in the table (apart from the ones in blue) (A04)
   ●   1 speaking assessment (2 tasks which can be conducted on different days if the pupils
       wish). The first task is a conversation on a topic chosen by the pupil and the second task is
       an unseen topic on any of the above topics. Pupils will need to demonstrate their ability
       to initiate and develop conversations, express and explain points of view and make
       reference to different time frames. Each task lasting no more than 3 and a half minutes
       (A02)
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