Coursework and controlled assessment
Coursework and controlled assessment measure subject-specific skills that cannot always be tested by timed written exam papers. Find out more about how and when to submit your students' work and about the process of moderation.
Authenticating coursework and controlled assessments
Centre declaration sheets are used by teachers to authenticate students' internally-assessed work and confirm internal standardisation of marking. There must be a centre declaration sheet with every submission of work to the moderator or examiner.
Candidate record forms are used by both students and teachers to authenticate the work, and by teachers to record the marks awarded to the student.
Some specifications also require additional specialised forms. You can find all the necessary forms on the following pages.
2013/14 record forms and declaration sheets
If your school or college is part of a group where all the students from several schools or colleges are taught an internally-assessed component together, you can apply for consortium arrangements.
If more than one teacher is marking the work for the group, you must carry out internal standardisation.
The closing dates for consortium applications are:
For more information and to apply, please use the JCQ Centre consortium arrangements form.
Controlled assessment applies to
- some GCSE subjects (see your guide to GCSE controlled assessment)
- Functional Skills
- Principal Learning
Controlled assessment is a form of coursework where control levels for each stage of the process (task setting, task taking and task marking) have been strictly defined by the qualifications regulator.
Like coursework, controlled assessment allows students to produce an extended personal response to part of the specification.
The requirements for each subject are different and you will find more detail about what you'll need to prepare in the subject specification document.
Generally teachers will need to:
- teach an overview of the chosen topic or task before students set to work
- give students the context they need to understand the topic
- teach students any skills they will need for their tasks, such as research skills
- support and guide students throughout the research, drafting and write-up stages.
You can find further guidance on controlled assessment on the JCQ website.
We operate a scheme of accreditation for internally-assessed work in Applied A-level specifications.
For more information, please read Accreditation scheme for centres offering Applied A-level.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about the scheme.