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-Geography Field Trip

Fri 7 Apr
-Year 14 History Trip

Mon 10 – Fri 21 Apr (inc)
-Easter Holiday
 Controlled Assessments
   
Controlled Assessment is a new approach for those GCSE subjects which require internal assessment. It is a tightening of the circumstances in which candidates, over a period of time, complete those aspects of the subject which are usually marked by their teacher.  Since September 2009, Controlled Assessment has replaced coursework for the majority of new GCSEs. This has been one of the changes in the Government’s reform of education for 14-19 year olds, designed to ensure that specification content meets the aims of the revised secondary curriculum.

All GCSE subjects are in one of three categories: subjects with 60% Controlled Assessment, subjects with 25% Controlled Assessment, and subjects with no Controlled Assessment. The grid below details which subjects currently taught at Belfast High School are in which category.

60% Controlled Assessment
40% External Examination
25% Controlled Assessment
75% External Examination
No Controlled Assessment
100% External Examination
Art and Design
Computing
English Language
French
German
Home Economics
Home Economics: Child Development
ICT
Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies
Music
Physical Education
Spanish
Technology and Design
Astronomy
Business Studies
Biology
Chemistry 
Classical Civilisation
Computer Science
DA Science
Electronics
English Literature
Geography
History
Physics
Single Award Science
Classical Greek
Latin
Further Mathematics
Mathematics
Religious Studies

Controlled Assessment is used for those aspects of a subject which cannot be readily assessed by an external examination, for example:
  • undertaking research and gathering, selecting and organising materials and information;
  • planning investigations;
  • carrying out investigations and/or tasks;
  • performance and production skills;
  • working with others and devising creative approaches;
  • extracting and interpreting information from a range of different sources;
  • selecting and applying tactics, strategies and compositional ideas;
  • taking informed and responsible action;
  • analysis and evaluation of processes and products;
  • presenting ideas and arguments supported by evidence.
The Joint Council for Qualifications has produced guidance relating to Controlled Assessment tasks (click here), for subjects with a coursework element but no Controlled Assessment (click here), and guidance on the use of social media (click here).  The schools policy on Controlled Assessment can be viewed here.

Controlled Assessment Calendar 2016-2017 (PLEASE NOTE: This timetable may be subject to change)


Subject

Controlled Assessment?

Coursework?

Timing of Controlled Assessment / Coursework

Additional Mathematics (CCEA)

No

No

NA

Art & Design (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: Sept to June
Year 12: Sep to Jan

Astronomy (Edexcel)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: June 2017
Year 12: March 2017

Biology D.Award and T.Award (CCEA)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None
Year 12: September 2016

Business Studies (CCEA)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None
Year 12: January - March 2017

Chemistry (CCEA)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None
Year 12: Dec/Jan

Child Development (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: Feb 2017- Sept 2017
Year 12: Nov 2016 to March 2017

Classical Civilisation (AQA)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None
Year 12: Jan to Apr 2017

Computing (OCR) Yes = 60% No

Year 11: None

Year 12: Jan 2017 - Feb 2017

Computer Science (WJEC) Yes = 25%   No Year 11: None
Year 12: Sept 2017 - Nov 2017

English Language (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: Jan, Apr, June 2017

Year 12: None

English Literature (CCEA)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None
Year 12: Oct & Nov 2016

Electronics (WJEC)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None

Year 12: January - March 2017

French (CCEA) 

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: Feb & June 2017
Year 12: Oct, Jan, Mar 2017

Further Maths (CCEA)   No   No NA

Geography (CCEA)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: June 2017

Year 12: September – November

German (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: June
Year 12: Oct, Feb, Apr 2017

Greek (OCR)

No

No

NA

History (OCR)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None
Year 12: Nov 2016

Home Economics (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: March to Nov 2017
Year 12: Nov 2017 to March 2018

ICT (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: Oct 2016 - May 2017
Year 12: Oct 2016 - Dec 2016

Latin (OCR)

No

No

NA

Mathematics (CCEA)

No

No

NA

Music (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: 12 weeks in second term
Year 12: 12 weeks in second term

Physical Education (AQA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: Continual
Year 12: Continual. Written - Oct to Jan

Physics (CCEA)

Yes = 25%

No

Year 11: None
Year 12: Feb 2017

Religious Studies (CCEA)

No

No

NA

Spanish (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: June
Year 12: Oct, Jan, March

Technology & Design (CCEA)

Yes = 60%

No

Year 11: Mid Feb to March 2017
Year 12: Nov to March


N.B. Please note that special provision in relation to Controlled Assessments will NOT be provided for students who are absent as a result of holidays or family events such as weddings, and Departments will bear NO responsibility for students in this aspect. It will be compulsory for individual students to do the Controlled Assessment in after school clinics where departmental guidance may not be available.