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A Level information update 2022

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We will continue to update this page while working through the latest Exam Board information about the Summer 2022 exams.

The government has confirmed that revision help for students published for summer exams. Exam board have developed and provided advance information; for example, avoiding providing so much detail that answers could be pre-prepared and memorised. This will look different for each subject and exam board, reflecting the nature of those subjects and their assessments.

Please follow the link below for guidance on which exam boards and specifications and subjects’ changes will relate to. Please take time to study what this mean for your subject area?

DFE guidance list

Guidance for GCSE changes 2022

Guidance for A-Level changes 2022

Exam board site with specific details of changes

AQA 2022 changes

PEARSONS 2022 changes (please scroll to the bottom of this web page below the heading 'Summer 2022 support', click on the qualification drop down box, then select your subject.)

OCR 2022 changes

WJEC 2022 changes (you will find additional support for other qualification on the left had list of this page)

 

IB Assessment Adaptations:

ALL coursework assignments (IAs) for the DP subjects below will be uploaded for ALL STUDENTS. Assignments are not sampled- they are all marked by the IB.

 

Adaptations

Assessment breakdown

IB maths (applications and interpretations)

No adaptations

Paper 1 exam = 40%

Paper 2 exam = 40%

IA/coursework = 20%

IB English Language and Literature

Removal of Paper 2 exam

Paper 1 exam = 55%

Individual Oral Commentary (oral exam) = 45%

IB IT in a Global Society

Removal of Paper 2 exam

Paper 1 = 70%

IA/coursework = 30%

IB Film

Film portfolio- students must only submit evidence for one role.

Textual Analysis = 35%

Film Portfolio = 25%

Comparative Study= 40%

IB Psychology

Removal of Paper 2 exam

Paper 1 = 65%

IA/coursework = 35%

A Level Subjects:

Subject

Media Studies

Qualification

A level

 

 

What are the significant changes to your specification?

Eduqas have broadly advised centres what topics or specific products each section of the exam will assess e.g.

This section will assess: • Media Language: ‘unseen’ Music Video • Representation: Marketing – Kiss of the Vampire Film Poster and ‘unseen’ Film Poster

What does this mean for the focus of revision in your subject?

Students will still be asked to focus on revising all subject content at this moment as there is contextual information that crosses over various topics e.g. Impact of New Digital Media

How are you going to ensure students are aware and prepare for the adjustments in a concrete way?

Once all course content has been delivered, a period of revision lessons will focus in more specifically on the topics & products we have been advised the exam will focus on

Are there any non-explicit content that must be covered?

All course theories centred around Media Language, representations, audiences and industry contexts must still be a focus as students are expected to be able to apply these across ALL set topics and products

Has anything been removed, if so what?

Not explicitly. From the guidance given, we can ascertain that certain products will likely not appear in the exam papers, but this has not been explicitly advised

What is the specific advice for your subject and qualification?

Guidance as follows: The following areas of content are suggested as key areas of focus for revision and final preparation, in relation to the Summer 2022 examinations. The aim should still be to cover all specification content in teaching and learning.

 

Subject

History (AQA)

Qualification

A Level

 

 

What are the significant changes to your specification?

We have been advised of a reduction of content ahead of the exams in the summer. Both exams will go ahead as normal, and at the same length of 2 hours 30 minutes, but the AQA exam board has provided advice on what to revise, indicating that there will not be essays on certain areas of the curriculum.

The coursework remains unchanged and must be submitted in full before the deadline.

What does this mean for the focus of revision in your subject?

Paper 1C: The Tudors – Students should prepare for the exam using knowledge from across the date range. The exam board have specified certain themes and areas that do not require preparation that will be shared directly with the students.

Paper 2R: The Cold War – From the six chapters available, AQA have advised that the exam will not include questions from section 2: The widening of the Cold War 1949-1955 or from section 6: The ending of the Cold War 1985-1991.

How are you going to ensure students are aware and prepare for the adjustments in a concrete way?

The students have been issued with the guidance from the exam board directly. The reduction in content suggests some themes and topics that may come up on the exam, and all revision and preparation will be focused on these.

Are there any non-explicit content that must be covered?

All Assessment Objectives must be met and will be examined.

Has anything been removed, if so what?

See above.

What is the specific advice for your subject and qualification?

There will be no questions relating to the withdrawn sections of the course, although knowledge of those sections may prove useful and provide relevant background knowledge to essay questions that are set from other periods. For example, an essay on the Vietnam War might benefit from knowledge of the Korean War, which will not be explicitly examined.

 

Subject

Politics EDEXCEL

Qualification

A Level

 

 

What are the significant changes to your specification?

We have been advised of a reduction of content ahead of the exams in the summer. All three exams will go ahead as normal, and at the same length of 2 hours each, but the EDEXCEL exam board has provided advice on what to revise, indicating that there will not be essays on certain areas of the curriculum. Liberalism is the only topic area that has been entirely withdrawn.

What does this mean for the focus of revision in your subject?

All topics, except for Liberal ideology, remain in the course. Certain themes from each topic have been withdrawn, so we will advise students explicitly which themes will be on each paper. This will allow them to prepare in a focused way.

For example, in a normal year the topic ‘Electoral Systems’ has three themes:

  • 3.1 Different Electoral Systems
  • 3.2 Referendums and How They Are Used
  • 3.3 Electoral System Analysis

This year 3.2 has been withdrawn, so there will not be a specific question on referendums.

However, a knowledge of referendums may be helpful to the student in answering questions in themes 3.1 and 3.3.

How are you going to ensure students are aware and prepare for the adjustments in a concrete way?

We are preparing a detailed document for the students to make clear which themes may come up on each paper, and which will not be examined. This will allow them to focus their study and anticipate the questions that could come up. Much of the content of the Politics specification overlaps, so a broad understanding of each topic will still be helpful.

Are there any non-explicit content that must be covered?

All Assessment Objectives must be met and will be examined.

Has anything been removed, if so what?

See above.

What is the specific advice for your subject and qualification?

There will be no questions relating to the withdrawn section of the course, i.e. Liberalism, although knowledge of this section may prove useful and provide relevant background knowledge to essay questions that relate to other ideologies.

Students will not be penalised for using only the areas indicated in the new advice. However, students can still be credited for using any relevant knowledge from any topic areas when answering questions, including ones that are not required.