Changes for 2021

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The Government announced on 6 January that exams won’t go ahead as normal in summer 2021, so some of this information may change. We’ll update this page as soon as further detail becomes available.

Read about 2021 exam changes

Following Ofqual’s announcement about changes to assessment in summer 2021, here’s what you need to know for ELC Science 5960 (Single and Double Award).

Please note: these changes only apply to assessment being completed this academic year.

Teacher demonstrations permitted for Skill B of the Teacher devised assignments (TDAS)

For 2021 submission only, students are no longer required to carry out the practical activities to gain marks for Skill B, however students should still carry out practical work whenever they are able to do so.

All students should be given the maximum marks for skill B.

For the other skill areas (A, C, D and E), in which students plan, record, present and identify patterns and relationships in data collected from practical activities, you are allowed to use teacher demonstrations or simulations. Students can record the data from these demonstrations, or if they can carry out ‘hands on’ practical activities, they should do so.

Students still need to plan how they would investigate the problem and provide evidence of their planning for assessment of Skill A (experimental design) even though their method may not be carried out. Students should still carry out the practical if possible.

No other changes

There are no planned changes to the content or format and style of assessment for the Externally-Set Assignments (ESAs).

Help and support

Please contact your coursework adviser for further support on conducting the coursework.

If you don’t know who your coursework adviser is, your exams officer will have these details, or you can contact us.