Our new A-level Science specifications - Resources and question papers video transcript

We know that timing is everything. That’s why we’ve spoken to you, worked alongside you, and pulled out all the stops to make sure you have what you need, well in advance of 2015. 

And to support you further, we’ll be providing free downloadable resources.  

We’ve considered the things that inspire you and the situations that challenge you. For example, new textbooks can be exciting, but you may not have the time or budget to buy them straight away. We bridge the gap with supplementary guides that allow you and your students to use existing textbooks for longer. Meanwhile, we are working with a number of publishers who are developing more textbooks so you have more choice.. 

We work closely with Exampro. Since our content will not be changing substantially, you can still use many of the questions from our past papers. We will be writing more questions to cover the new requirements which will be in place in time for teaching after full accreditation. 

In developing our new science specifications, we know that you value quality over quantity. While other providers in our field have released some resources, when we provide our new specifications it will be with the full complement of materials. This means you can feel confident that you will have everything you need when you teach our qualifications.

Of course, we recognise that teachers teach in different ways. After all, we’ve been teachers ourselves. It isn’t one size fits all. For this reason, two schemes of work will be provided, each offering a different approach. 

When it comes to the details, the layout of the new specifications will look different. They have a two column format with everything the students have to learn on the left and opportunities for skill development on the right  - for example, identifying where there are opportunities to develop mathematical and practical skills as defined in the specification. 

Our GCSE and A-level teams have worked closely together to ensure that our A-levels build on our GCSEs.

Thinking about our question papers. In Biology, we’ve listened to what you said and continued to have a choice of essay questions.

You told us that it gave your students the chance to demonstrate their understanding of the whole specification. Both Physics and Chemistry will have multiple choice questions to enable students to be assessed on their knowledge across the full breadth of the course. 

Since you told us it was better for your students, multiple choice questions are now at the end of the paper.  

Despite these changes, we’ve kept what works. When it comes to clarity and language, our specifications and exams will still be as clear as they have always been - for you and for your students.