Our new A-level Science specifications transcript

Our new A-level Science specifications

Our approach

Matthew Bennett, Qualifications Manager, A-level Science

We're proud of our new Science specifications and we are sure that you will be too.

After all, teachers have been involved in the process every step of the way. Before we made a single change we spoke to teachers, learned societies and higher education, all of whom recognise that each science should be treated differently.

We mean it when we say that these changes were based on genuine consultation, not tokenism. Many of you have had a say in how these specifications are set out.

We've been teachers too and we know how important your perspective is. So, with new content now in place, we are testing the papers live in all types of schools to see how they do and what you think.

As for what you can expect, many of the questions are ranked so that the level of difficulty builds. We've also re-emphasised our focus on practicals. They're at the heart of science, and so they are at the heart of our new specifications. We believe practical work is the best way for building scientific knowledge, understanding and skills for your students and that practical activities are a key way of giving your students the best skills possible. In fact, our science specifications now include at least twelve practicals. Into each we've built important techniques, such as the use of microscopes. This means that students will go on to higher education or employment with better practical skills.

We are working to support teachers to make the teaching of practical skills more explicit and we're collaborating with CLEAPSS, an advisory service, which provides us with support in science and technology.

We're not making changes for the sake of it. We're holding on to what you've told us works and we're improving the rest, so you can continue to teach the content you've always loved.

We've created our new specifications with you in mind.

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