Non-exam assessment administration
The non-exam assessment (NEA) is a Portfolio and an Externally set assignment at AS, and a Personal investigation and an Externally set assignment at A-level.
Visit aqa.org.uk/7201 for detailed information about all aspects of NEA administration.
The head of the school or college is responsible for making sure that NEA is conducted in line with our instructions and Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) instructions.
Supervising and authenticating
To meet Ofqual’s qualification and subject criteria:
- students must sign the Candidate record form to confirm that the work submitted is their own
- all teachers who have marked a student’s work must sign the declaration of authentication on the Candidate record form. This is to confirm that the work is solely that of the student concerned and was conducted under the conditions laid down by these specifications
- teachers must ensure that a Candidate record form is attached to each student’s work.
Students must have some direct supervision to ensure that the work submitted can be confidently authenticated as their own. If a student receives additional assistance and this is acceptable within the guidelines for these specifications, you should award a mark that represents the student’s unaided achievement. Please make a note of the support the student received on the Candidate record form and sign the authentication statement. If the statement is not signed, we cannot accept the student’s work for assessment.
Please inform your students of the AQA regulations concerning malpractice. They must not:
- submit work that is not their own
- lend work to other students
- allow other students access to, or use of, their own independently-sourced source material
- include work copied directly from books, the internet or other sources without acknowledgement
- submit work that is word-processed by a third person without acknowledgement
- include inappropriate, offensive or obscene material.
These actions constitute malpractice and a penalty will be given (for example, disqualification).
If you identify malpractice before the student signs the declaration of authentication, you don’t need to report it to us. Please deal with it in accordance with your school or college’s internal procedures. We expect schools and colleges to treat such cases very seriously.
If you identify malpractice after the student has signed the declaration of authentication, the head of your school or college must submit full details of the case to us at the earliest opportunity. Please complete the form JCQ/M1, available from the JCQ website at jcq.org.uk
You must record details of any work which is not the student’s own on the Candidate record form or other appropriate place.
You should consult your exams officer about these procedures.
Teacher standardisation meetings are essential to understand the AS and A-level standards and will help you to mark accurately using the assessment criteria grid in the specification.Attendance is required by the person responsible for coordinating internal standardisation at your school or college, in the following situations:
- in the first assessment year of a new specification
- moderation from the previous year indicates a serious misinterpretation of the specifications
- a significant adjustment was made to marks in the previous year
- your school or college is new to AQA Art and Design.
Our meetings run for three months in the autumn and spring terms.
For further information about teacher standardisation visit our website at aqa.org.uk/7201
For further support and advice please speak to your Subject adviser. Contact the subject team at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of your adviser.
You must ensure that you have consistent marking standards for all students. One person must manage this process and they must sign the Centre declaration sheet to confirm that internal standardisation has taken place.
Internal standardisation may involve:
- all teachers marking some sample pieces of work to identify differences in marking standards
- discussing any differences in marking at a training meeting for all teachers involved
- referring to reference and archive material, such as previous work or examples from our teacher standardisation.
To meet Ofqual’s qualification and subject criteria, you must show clearly how marks have been awarded against the assessment criteria in these specifications.
Your comments will help the moderator see, as precisely as possible, where you think the students have met the assessment criteria.
Please record your comments on the Candidate record form.
You must check that the correct marks for each of the assessment criteria are written on the Candidate record form and that the total mark is correct.
The deadline for submitting the total mark for each student is given at aqa.org.uk/keydates
Factors affecting individual students
For advice and guidance about arrangements for any of your students, please email us as early as possible at email@example.com
Occasional absence: you should be able to accept the occasional absence of students by making sure they have the chance to make up what they have missed. You may organise an alternative supervised session for students who were absent at the time you originally arranged.
Lost work: if work is lost you must tell us how and when it was lost and who was responsible, using our special consideration online service at aqa.org.uk/eaqa
Special help: where students need special help which goes beyond normal learning support, please use the Candidate record form to tell us so that this help can be taken into account during moderation.
Students who move schools: students who move from one school or college to another during the course sometimes need additional help to meet the requirements. How you deal with this depends on when the move takes place. If it happens early in the course, the new school or college should be responsible for the work. If it happens late in the course, it may be possible to arrange for the moderator to assess the work as a student who was ‘Educated Elsewhere’.
Keeping students' work
Students’ work must be kept under secure conditions from the time that it is marked, with completed Candidate record forms. After the moderation period and the deadline for Enquiries about Results (or once any enquiry is resolved) you may return the work to students.
An AQA visiting moderator will check a sample of your students’ work. We will contact you to let you know which students’ work will be required in the sample to be provided for moderation.
The moderator re-marks the work and compares this with the marks you have provided to check whether any changes are needed to bring the marking in line with our agreed standards. In some cases the moderator will ask you to provide more work. Any changes to marks will normally keep your rank order but, where major inconsistencies are found, we reserve the right to change the rank order.
School and college consortia
If you are in a consortium of schools or colleges with joint teaching arrangements (where students from different schools and colleges have been taught together but entered through the school or college at which they are on roll), you must let us know by:
- filling in the Application for Centre Consortium Arrangements for centre-assessed work, which is available from the JCQ website jcq.org.uk
- appointing a consortium co-ordinator who can speak to us on behalf of all schools and colleges in the consortium. If there are different co-ordinators for different specifications, a copy of the form must be sent in for each specification.
We will allocate the same moderator to all schools and colleges in the consortium and treat the students as a single group for moderation.
All the work must be available at the lead school or college.
You will receive a report when the results are issued, which will give feedback on interpretation of the assessment criteria and how students performed in general.
We will give you the final marks when the results are issued.
To meet Ofqual requirements, as well as for awarding, archiving or standardisation purposes, we may need to keep some of your students’ work. We will let you know if we need to do this.