Year 13 Parents’ Evening: General Subject Information about the Changes and Structure of Examinations


Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Year 13 Parents’ Evening: General Subject Information about the Changes and Structure of AS/A Level Examinations

Please find below the current changes to the specifications for year 13 courses. Please be aware that the changes are still under consultation as situations are constantly changing at the moment. As and when we get clarification on any further adjustments to the courses we will inform you as soon as possible.

English

English Language

For the English Language Course, students will sit two exams and one NEA. The two exams are Unit 3 (Language Change) and Unit 4 (Spoken Language and Recasting Writing). For the coursework task, this is a Language Investigation. Students select a topic within Language and Identity and conduct their own investigation into it. There are no changes this year.

English Literature

Students will sit two exams and complete one NEA. The exams are Unit 3, Pre 1900 Poetry (Christina Rossetti) and Unseen Poetry and Unit 4 (Shakespeare- Hamlet). For the coursework, Unit 5, students study the prose works of two contemporary writers, Raymond Carver and Jon McGregor.  There are no changes this year.

Maths

Mathematics/Further Mathematics

For GCE Mathematics/Further Mathematics, we are providing a list of topics that will not be assessed in Summer 2021.

The content detailed below will not be subject to assessment in the GCE Mathematics and GCE Further Mathematics examinations in Summer 2021.

The content in both qualifications has been carefully selected to ensure that the adaptaions retain the level of demand and maintain the integrity of the assessment, but reduce the contect required for assessment.


GCE MATHMATICS

Content that will NOT be assessed in the Summer 2021 examinations

A2 Unit 3 – Pure Mathematics B

2.3.1 Proof

Proof by contradiction (including proof of the irrationality of ?2 and the infinity of primes, and application to unfamiliar proofs).

2.3.8 Numerical Methods

Locate roots of f(x) = 0 by considering changes in sign of f(x) in an interval of x which is sufficiently well-behaved.

Understand how change of sign methods can fail.

Solve equations approximately using simple iterative methods; be able to draw associated coweb and staircase diagrams.

Solve equations using the Newton-Raphson method and other recurrence relations of the form Xn + 1 =g(Xn).

Understand how such methods can fail.

Understand and use numerical integration of functions, including the use of the trapezium rule and estimating the approximate area under a curve and limits that it must lie between,

Use numerical methods to solve problems in context.


GCE FURTHER MATHMATICS

Content that will NOT be assessed in the Summer 2021 examinations

A2 Unit 4 – Further Pure Mathematics B

2.4.4 Further Algebra and Functions

Find the Maclaurin series of a function (including the general item)

Recognise the use the Maclaurin series for ex , 1n(1+x), cos x and (1+x)n and and be aware of the range of values of x for which they are valid.

Additional Comments

ONLY the Maclaurin series in section 2.4.4 will not be accessed.

The following, from section 2.4.4, could be accessed: Understand and use partial fractions with denominators of the form (ax+b)(cx²+d).

Content that will NOT be assessed in the Summer 2021 examinations

A2 Unit 5 – Further Statistics B

2.5.3 Hypothesis Testing

ONLY Understand and use tests for (b) difference of two means for two independent normal distributions with known variances.

Recognise the use the Maclaurin series for e, and and be aware of the range of values of x for which they are valid.

2.5.4 Estimation

ONLY Understand and use confidence limits for (a) the mean of a normal distribution with (ii) unknown variance.

Science

Chemistry

Year 13 Report Paragraph

Pupils follow the WJEC AS/A level Chemistry specification. This course over two years provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, chemistry and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society. The course is split into two units. Unit 3 focuses on inorganic and physical chemistry including kinetics, thermochemistry and patterns of reactivity in the Periodic table. Unit 4 involves the study of carbon compounds, pathways of organic reactions and organic synthesis. Both units are assessed with a full examination counting for 50% of their overall A-level grade (25% each). Due to the cancellation of the 2020 examinations at AS level there have been some modifications to the course for this year. Normally there would be a unit 5 practical examination comprised of an experimental task (5%) and an analysis task (5%). This year there is no experimental task. This means the analysis task represents 10% of the qualification and will be timetabled for later than usual in 2021. There is also this year no requirement for specified practical work to be completed hands-on. Teacher demonstrations, video clips and simulations may be used instead.

In light of the pandemic, there are still on- going discussions between Qualification Wales and Welsh Government about the examination process. Therefore, the information provided above is subject to change and we hope for clarity over the coming weeks. 

In light of the pandemic, there are still on- going discussions between Qualification Wales and Welsh Government about the examination process. Therefore, the information provided above is subject to change and we hope for clarity over the coming weeks. 


Physics

Year 13

Pupils follow the WJEC AS/A level Physics specification as outlined at; https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/physics-as-a-level

This two-year course provides broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile elements of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, physics and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society.

Two units are delivered during Year 13; Unit 3 focuses on Oscillations and Nuclei, with a detailed look into Nuclear Physics, Thermodynamics and Wave Theory. Unit 4 involves the study of Fields and an Option Topic. Both units are assessed with a full examination counting for 50% of their overall A-level grade (25% each).

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 examinations at AS level there have been some modifications to the course for this year. Normally there would be a unit 5 practical examination comprised of an Experimental task (5%) and an Analysis task (5%). This year there is no experimental task. This means the analysis task represents 10% of the qualification and will be timetabled for later than usual in 2021. There is also this year no requirement for specified practical work to be completed hands-on. Teacher demonstrations, video clips and simulations will be used instead.

NOTE; In light of the pandemic, there are still on-going discussions between Qualification Wales and Welsh Government about the examination process. Therefore, the information provided above is subject to change and we hope for clarity over the coming weeks. 

There is no change to the assessment of these units this year however due to current social distancing measures there is no requirement for specified practical work to be completed hands-on. Teacher demonstrations, video clips and simulations will be used instead.


Biology

Year 13 Report Paragraph

Pupils follow the WJEC AS/A level Biology specification. This course over two years provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, biology and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society. The course is split into two units. Unit 3 focuses on Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment. Unit 4 involves the study Variation, Inheritance and the choice of one of three optional units. At the time of writing this Qualifications Wales and the Welsh Government propose that both units are assessed with a full examination counting for 50% of their overall A-level grade (25% each). Due to the cancellation of the 2020 examinations at AS level there have been some modifications to the course for this year. Normally there would be a unit 5 practical examination comprised of an experimental task (5%) and an analysis task (5%). This year there is no experimental task. This means the analysis task represents 10% of the qualification and will be timetabled for later than usual in 2021. There is also this year no requirement for specified practical work to be completed hands-on. Teacher demonstrations, video clips and simulations may be used instead.


Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science

Course Overview

The Diploma in Medical Science is equivalent to one A Level. The course deals with the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases. Learners will acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills in key scientific principles to support progress to higher education or employment in areas such as physiological sciences or clinical laboratory services. The qualification covers health, physiology, pharmacology, physiological measurement, clinical testing and medical research.

YEAR 2 (year 13)

Unit 4: Medicines and treatment of disease (internally assessed)
This unit looks at the science of medicines, and how they work through their interactions with body systems. It also introduces cancer, its relationship to genetics, and the range of therapeutic treatments available.


Unit 5: Clinical laboratory techniques (externally assessed)
This unit looks at clinical laboratory techniques that can be used to assess body functions. It relates knowledge of human physiology and biochemistry to clinical measurement test results through an understanding of the principles of the measurement techniques.

Unit 6: Medical case study
This is a synoptic exam based upon the content of all units in the qualification. The exam questions will be based upon three case studies and will require students to integrate their knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the other units.

Changes to the specification

Unit 5 – the assessment in 2021 will be streamlined. Candidates will not be required to complete the tasks that require hands-on work. Data will be supplied for the three clinical tests.

There are no changes to Unit 4 or Unit 6

Humanities

Summary of Changes for Year 13 Health and Social Care Specification

A-Level Health and Social Care Year 13

· A2 Unit 7 Provision of Services Unit – external assessment. There are no changes to this unit.

· A2 Unit 12 The Influence of Food and Fitness of Health and Well-being – internal coursework unit. The learners are required to produce a written report that examines the results of a specifically designed diet OR physical activity programme on one individual for 4 weeks. This has changed from the original requirements identifying two individuals.


Psychology

Unit 3: Psychology: Implications in the real world.

There are two sections in this unit, ‘Section A’ (study of behaviours) and ‘Section B’ (controversies). There have been no changes to ‘Section A’, however, the content for ‘Section B’ has been reduced slightly. Learners are normally required to learn five controversies and choose one out of two questions with regards to this. Learners are now only required to learn four controversies and still get the choice to answer one out of two questions. 

 

Unit 4: Applied research methods

Learners are usually required to complete two personal investigations, totalling 30 marks. Learners will only be required to complete one personal investigation which is ‘A questionnaire study of perceived well-being after exercise’ and this investigation will total the 30 marks. In addition, learners will not be subject to assessment of Milgram and Kohlberg (unit 2 content which is also assessed on unit 4).


History A Level

In Year 13 History students study 3 Units. Unit 3, the Breadth study, Domestic Change and Foreign Affairs in the USA c.1890-1990. Unit 4, the in-depth study on Nazi Germany c.1939-1945 and Unit 5, Non-Examination Assessment, which is based on the study of the various rebellions under the reign of Elizabeth I.

Due to the lockdown earlier this year, the WJEC has reduced the specification to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by the break in classroom teaching. The Unit 4 and 5 papers remain the same whereas the Unit 3 paper has been reduced slightly.

The revised Unit 3 paper will not include Section A. Students will now only be required to answer Section B of the paper which will consist of two essays. Both essays will cover the whole 100-year period of study.   


GCE Religious Studies

Changes for Summer 2021

The number of examinations will remain the same; students will sit three papers, each will be worth 20% of their qualification. A study of Buddhism (20% weighting), and a study of Religion and Ethics (20% weighting). There are no changes to these units. The content for the unit on the Philosophy of Religion (20% weighting) has been streamlined. Theme 4 in its entirety will not be subject to assessment in 2021.

Each examination will be 1hr 30min in length. Clear instructions will be on the front of the exam paper.

Due to the current approach of Blended Learning it is essential that students keep up to date with and complete the work which will be set via their relevant Google Classroom subject page. Please visit the Digital Resources Site to keep abreast of the support provided by the exam board:

https://resources.wjec.co.uk/Pages/ResourceByArgs.aspx?subId=26&lvlId=1

The WJEC has also published effective A Level revision guides, should you wish to buy one:

ISBN-13 : 978-1510450516

ISBN-13 : 978-1510450547

ISBN-13 : 978-1911208976


Geography GCE

Adaptation for Examinations 2021

AS

Unit 1: Changing Landscapes (24%)

There are no changes to this unit.

Unit 2: Changing Places (16%)

Section A: Changing Places

There are no changes to this part of the assessment

Section B: Physical and Human Fieldwork Investigation

Question 4 and 5 will allow learners to answer both questions on a single fieldwork experience, where necessary.


A2

Unit 3: Global Systems and Global Governance (24%)

There are no changes to this unit.

Unit 4: Contemporary Themes in Geography (16%)

Section A: Tectonic Hazards

There will be no changes to this part of the assessment.

Section B: Contemporary Themes in Geography

This part of the assessment will be adapted and will require coverage of one optional theme only – Ecosystems. Learners will be required to complete two of three optional essays from their one chosen theme – Ecosystems.

Unit 5: Independent Investigation (NEA) (20%)

There are no changes to the assessment of this unit.

Technology

GCE Product Design

The information below provides a brief overview of the changes that have been put in place by the WJEC examination board for the 2020/21 exam submission.

Unit 3: Design and Technology (Written exam) 30% total mark.

There are no planned changes to this unit.

Unit 4: Design and make task (Coursework) 30% total mark.

The amendments to the coursework assessment model include the following suggestions:

Students can produce a model as part of the final practical submission instead of the original highly finished product (reduction in quality of the final practical work).

This will allow centres to spend significantly less time on the NEA than suggested in the specification.

Students can either:

Submit their finished coursework in the usual manner, if they wish to do so.

Or students may also choose to develop projects started for AS in 2020 and submit them for Unit 4.

Blended Learning

All technology students have access to a blended learning platform (Google Classroom) as a means of providing a two way teacher/ student support link, this may prove to be necessary if a distance learning situation should arise again. Submission of all coursework & homework tasks must also take place through this online platform.


Business

Year 12 

BTEC National in Business endeavours to provide students with an opportunity to experience different areas within Business. In Year 12, students cover Unit 1: Exploring Business which is a foundational introduction to Business such as ownership, stakeholder analysis, economics and innovation. This will be internally assessed. This is followed by a marketing campaign which is an external examination. There are no changes to the specification at present.

Year 13 

BTEC Business in Year 13 follows on from Year 12 and aims to develop an understanding of Unit 4: Business Communication, Unit 5: Business Accounting and Unit 13: Recruitment. The course encourages students to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a realistic business context. Students are required to complete three units which are assessed internally through completion of various assignments. These three units are equally sized and equally weighted. There are no changes to the specification at present.


Economics

Year 12 

Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources. The first year of study aims to provide an overview of micro-economics, macro-economic theory and economics in action. There are two examinations which becomes 40% of the overall A Level grade. There are no changes to the specification at present.

Year 13 

Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources. The second year of study aims to build on micro-economic and macro-economic theory covered in year 1, adding depth via case studies and global economics. There are two examinations, of equal weighting, that will be used to give students an overall grade in the subject.
Changes: The following 3 topic content areas will not be subject to assessment in 2021: • Competition Policy and Privatisation • Financial Stability • European Union

Computer Science A-Level Changes

In light of the missed learning time, the following changes to the A2 curriculum have been implemented by the WJEC.
Unit 3: Programming and System Development – Written examination 20% of qualification
The following distinct topic content areas are not subject to assessment in 2021. •6. System design •8. Program construction. Unit 4 Computer Architecture, Data,
Communication and Applications – Written examination 20% of qualification
The following distinct topic content areas are not subject to assessment in 2021. •1. Hardware and communication -Input / output, networking •6. The operating system –Memory management and buffering, Scheduling •7.The need for different types of software systems and their attributes –Safety related systems, Control systems, Expert systems.
Unit 5 Programmed Solution to a Problem – Coursework 20% of qualification
There are no planned changes to this unit.
There are no changes to AS level (Y12) course.
For further information on the course, please see the specification here: https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/wl4kj5l1/wjec-gce-computer-science-spec-from-2015.pdf

Level 3 Food Science

Level 3 Applied Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

The information below provides an overview of the changes that have been put in place by the WJEC examination board for the 2020/21 exam submission.

Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional needs of Specific Groups – Controlled Assessment and External Examination 50%. There are no changes to this unit.

Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat – External Examination 25% there are no changes to this unit.

Unit 3: Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems (Optional) – Controlled Assessment 25%

The requirement for direct supervision will be removed for task 1 and 2 (research into food production and sensory analysis) meaning this part of the coursework can be completed outside of the timetable lesson

Blended learning

All food students have access to a blended learning platform (Google Classroom) as a means of providing a two way teacher/ student support link, this may prove to be necessary if a distance learning situation should arise again. Submission of all coursework & homework tasks must also take place through this online platform. All photography of practical work must be uploaded to google classroom.

Resources

A book has been created for the WJEC Level 3 course and is used in conjunction with other teacher material. Revision material is also on google classroom


A2 Art and Design 

Unit 2: Personal Investigation (PI) – There are no changes to the content of this unit for assessment in 2021.

Unit 3: Externally set assignment (ESA) – This unit has now been removed from the examination for this year only.

Revised Unit 1: All students will be required to complete this unit from the work they produced in year 12. This completed unit will be assessed in 2021.

Rationale 

WJEC are not assessing the ESA (unit 3), as it is the smaller unit in the qualification and learners are not due to start this before 2021. It would be reasonable to expect learners to complete their remaining work on the AS (Unit 1) during a half term; (they will already have had six months working on their AS before lockdown); with a further 6 and a half months available to complete fresh work on the PI (unit 2).

Assessment

All work completed during Year 13 will need to be submitted onto the A-Level Submission and Assessment document, which can be found on the Art google classroom page. Regular deadline dates and course information will also be posted onto google classroom.

Useful resources for GCSE Art and Design: 

 http://www.studentartguide.com/

 http://www.pinterest.com/studentartguide/beautiful-igcse-gcse-art/

 https://youtu.be/61DZqjNP_AM

 https://resources.wjec.co.uk/Pages/ResourceByArgs.aspx?subid=32&lvlid=2


WJEC Criminology

What Will I Study?

Level 3 Applied Certificate in Criminology

Unit Number 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime (Assessment: Internal Mandatory)

Unit Number 2 – Criminology Theories (Assessment: External Mandatory)


Level 2 Applied Diploma in Criminology

Unit Number 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime (Assessment: Internal Mandatory)

Unit Number 2 – Criminology Theories (Assessment: External Mandatory)

Unit Number 3 – Crime Scene to Court Room (Assessment: Internal Mandatory)

Unit Number 4 – Crime and Punishment (Assessment: External Mandatory)

Learning outcome 1: Understanding how crime reporting affects the public perceptions of criminality.
Learning outcome 2: Understand social construction of criminality
Learning outcome 3: Understanding the process of criminal investigations
Learning outcome 4: Understanding the criminal justice system in England and Wales

Methods of Assessment

You will have two of controlled assessments per unit which will last eight hours, which will be organised over several different sessions. The assessment will be a brief that contains a scenario involving the commissioning of different crimes.

Unit 1 will focus on under-reported crimes and subsequent consequences and requires you to raise awareness of under reported crime.

Unit 3 considers the investigation and prosecution of a crime, from the crime scene to the Courtroom and beyond.

Both external exams last 1 hour and 30 minutes and are on set dates in May or June. All the questions on the exam papers are compulsory as there will not be any optional questions. Each paper is out of 75 marks and is divided into three main questions, which have a total of 25 marks each. Each main question will then be further divided into a series of part questions.

Unit 1 – Changing Awareness of Crime – Qualification: Applied Certificate Year 1 – Assessment Method: Controlled Assessment – Percentage of Qualification: 50% of certificate and 25% of diploma

Unit 2 – Criminal Theories – Qualification: Applied Certificate Year 1 – Assessment Method: External Examination – Percentage of Qualification: 50% of certificate and 25% of diploma

Unit 3 – Crime Scenes to Court Room – Qualification: Applied Diploma Year 2 – Assessment Method: Controlled Assessment – Percentage of Qualification: 25% of diploma

Unit 4 – Crime and Punishment – Qualification: Applied Diploma Year 2 – Assessment Method: External Examination – Percentage of Qualification: 25% of diploma

Modern Languages

Welsh Second Language – A2

WJEC have made two changes to the A2 course, a summary of the three units is listed below along with any changes.

Unit 4: Drama and Oracy NO CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO UNIT 4

Section A: Living through the medium of Welsh

Section B: Discussing a play

Section C: Personal response Synoptic Assessment

Unit 5 Written Paper: The Welsh language in Society and Translanguaging CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO SECTION A

Section A: The Welsh language in society The period of study of the Welsh language in society is from the 1980s to the present day.

Section B: Translanguaging – a written response in Welsh to an English-language article and a Synoptic Assessment No changes have been made.

Unit 6 Written paper: The Use of Language and the Short Story – CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO SECTION B.

Section A: A composite question which includes different types of linguistic exercises.

Section B: 2 questions based on one of the prescribed texts and 1 synoptic question which bring together the information, understanding and skills developed in the subject.

Tr? lyf’ (Cariad Pur?: Marlyn Samuel) has been removed from the set texts.


A-Level French/German/Spanish

AS Unit 1 Speaking (NEA) There are no changes to this unit.

AS Unit 2 Listening, Reading, Translation and Critical Writing There are no changes to this unit.

A2 Unit 3 Speaking – Independent Research Project (NEA) There are no changes to this unit.

A2 Unit 4 Listening, Reading and Translation The following subthemes will not be subject to direct assessment in this unit in summer 2021: • French – Repercussions for modern-day France (Theme 4) • German – Social cohesion in present-day Germany (Theme 4) • Spanish – Cultural Enrichment and Celebrating Difference (Theme 3).

A2 Unit 5 There are no changes to this unit.

Expressive Arts

A2 Level Music

Changes to assessments

Unit 4: Performing – Option A 22% or Option B 14%

Reduce performing time from 10-12 minutes to 8 1/2 – 10 minutes (option A) and from 6-8 minutes to 5-7 minutes (option B).

The timing penalty chart will be adapted for 2021.

Remove the requirement for one of the pieces to link to an area of study. Learners who are planning a longer recital (in keeping with the usual timings) may still present this.

There is no penalty for exceeding the required time. This will now be video recorded in school and submitted to the exam board (there will be no visiting examiner). The earliest this recording can take place is March 1st 2021.


Unit 5: Composing – Option A 14% or Option B 22%

No change to the requirements to submit one composition to a brief and one (option A) or two (option B) free composition(s.)

However, learners may improve and submit compositions that they started on the AS course and compositions in response to either the 2020 AS briefs (released September 2019) or the 2021 A Level briefs (released September 2020) will be acceptable.

All compositions will be assessed using the A Level criteria as published in the specification.


Unit 6: Appraising – 24%

There are no changes to this unit.


Physical Education

A Level 

Unit 3: Evaluating physical education (Written exam) 36% There are no changes to this unit.
Unit 4: Refining personal performance in physical education (NEA) 24% There are no changes to the task or assessment criteria*.

*NEA Unit 2 and Unit 4 

We are considering the feasibility of adaptations to the moderation process that may include: • remote moderation • evidence for performance/coaching/officiating which could be skills/drills/modified activities and any other additional supporting evidence that helps justify the marks awarded.

Dance

There are no course changes for Year 12 or 13 in BTEC Dance/Production and A-Level Drama.