Year 11 Parents’ Evening: General Subject Information about the Changes and Structure of GCSE/BTEC Examinations


Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Year 11 Parents’ Evening: General Subject Information about the Changes and Structure of GCSE/BTEC Examinations

English

English Language GCSE

Students will be sitting 2 exams in the summer term, (Unit 2 and Unit 3), both consisting of a range of reading and writing questions. In light of curriculum disruptions last year, WJEC have removed one of the written tasks from Unit 3, thus shortening the exam. For Unit 1, Oracy, students will now only be required to complete 1 task- the Individual Presentation. The group discussion task has been removed.

 

English Literature

WJEC have made the decision that students need only complete 1 exam unit, out of a choice of Unit 1 or Unit 2. As our students had already sat Unit 1 last year, this made the decision for us. We will, however, be offering students the opportunity to resit this exam in May in light of the extra weight it now carries. Students will still be completing 2 Controlled Assessments, Shakespeare and Poetry, which will now carry a greater weighting towards the final grade.

Maths

GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy Core Specification

Unit 1: Non-calculator
Written examination

Higher: 1 hour 45 minutes
(80 marks)
Intermediate: 1 hour 45 minutes
(80 marks)
Foundation: 1 hour 30 minutes
(65 marks)

50 % of qualification

The written paper for each tier will comprise a number of short and
longer, both structured and unstructured questions which may be
set on any part of the subject content of the specification.
Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be
familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in
GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the
content of GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.
A calculator will not be allowed in this paper.

Unit 2: Calculator-allowed
Written examination

Higher: 1 hour 45 minutes
(80 marks)
Intermediate: 1 hour 45 minutes
(80 marks)
Foundation: 1 hour 30 minutes
(65 marks)

50 % of qualification

The written paper for each tier will comprise a number of short and
longer, both structured and unstructured questions which may be
set on any part of the subject content of the specification.
Candidates entered for GCSE Mathematics will be expected to be
familiar with the knowledge, skills and understanding implicit in
GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Questions may be set on topics that are explicitly listed in the
content of GCSE Mathematics – Numeracy.
Some questions will use multiple-choice assessment.
A calculator will be allowed in this paper.

GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy Examination Schedule 2020/2021

November 2020November 2020Summer 2020Summer 2020Summer 2020
ClassMathematicsNumeracyMathematicsNumeracyAdditional
Mrs A PeacockXX
Mrs J R JonesX
Mr E EvansX
Mr J BrownXXX
Mr D DaviesXX
Miss C RobertsXXX
Miss C JonesX
Mrs L CroninXXX
Mr L BillingsleyXX

The following topics will NOT be assessed in the Summer 2021 Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy exams.

FOUNDATIONINTERMEDIATEHIGHER
NUMBERVenn diagrams to solve problemsVenn diagrams to solve problemsVenn diagrams to solve problems
AER and APR
ALGEBRAFinding the nth term where the rule is quadraticFinding the nth term where the rule is quadratic
Graphs of:
Y = a/x
Graphical Inequalities
GEOMETRYNetsNetsNets
Drawing 2D representations of 3D shapes.
Isometric drawing
Drawing 2D representations of 3D shapes.Drawing 2D representations of 3D shapes.
Bisect a line or angleIsometric drawingIsometric drawing
Construction of 2D shapesBisect a line or angleBisect a line or angle
Solving problems in the context of tiling patterns and tessellationConstructing the perpendicular from a point to a lineConstructing the perpendicular from a point to a line
Construction of 2D shapesConstruction of 2D shapes
Drawing plans and elevations of any 3D solidDrawing plans and elevations of any 3D solid
Constructing angles of 60, 30, 90 and 45 degreesConstructing angles of 60, 30, 90 and 45 degrees
Solving problems in the context of tiling patterns and tessellationSolving problems in the context of tiling patterns and tessellation
Identifying congruent shapesIdentifying congruent shapes
Circle TheoremsConditions for congruence
STATISTICSQuestionnairesQuestionnairesQuestionnaires
Estimating probability/relative frequencySystematic sampling and other sampling methodsSystematic sampling and other sampling methods including stratified
Identifying outcomes using Venn DiagramsEstimating probability/relative frequencyEstimating probability/relative frequency

Science

Double Award

Under normal circumstances pupils would have sat three GCSE exams in the summer term in Year 10 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These would have counted towards their overall final GCSE qualification (45%). Due to the cancellation of this exam, current Year 11 learners will now only need to sit the units they would have planned to sit in summer 2021 to be awarded the whole GCSE qualification. This means their final GCSE grade will be based on their performance in three unit tests.

There is no change to the content of the course for these three units and there are no changes to their assessment.

Social distancing measures make it difficult for learners to carry out the group practical work required for the completion of specified practical work (and various other practical tasks) and for the Unit 7 practical assessment. However, the requirement for specified practical work to be completed hands-on has been removed and this content will be delivered using teacher demonstrations, video clips and simulations instead. The Unit 7 practical assessment which was to be assessed in January/February 2021 has been removed completely.

WJEC have informed us that there will be no change to the way practical skills are assessed on the written exams. The papers will still be the same duration and the same number of marks.

We are still waiting for confirmation of the exam dates next summer. Although the provisional date for the exams is given below, these may be subject to change:

Biology unit 4 – Wed 19 May 2021

Chemistry unit 5 – Mon 24 May 2021

Physics unit 6 – Thurs 27 May 2021.

We understand that these are uncertain times and we do not yet know if there will be any further disruption to teaching and learning. WJEC continues to work closely with the regulator, Qualifications Wales to consider any further mitigations which might be necessary should there be any further disruption to teaching and learning.

The exam boards have designated Tuesday 29 June 2021 as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations in the event of national or significant local disruption to examinations in the United Kingdom. Students must remain available until Tuesday 29 June 2021 should any exam board need to invoke its contingency plan.

Physics

Under normal circumstances pupils would have sat a Physics Unit 1 GCSE exam in the summer term in Year 10. This would have counted towards their overall final GCSE qualification (45%).

Due to the cancellation of the Unit 1 exams last academic year, current Year 11 students will only sit the units they would have sat in 2021 to gain accreditation with the whole GCSE qualification. This means their final GCSE grade will be based on their performance in the single Unit 2 Physics exam provisionally set for Thursday 27th May 2021.

Information about the course can be found at

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/physics-gcse/#tab_overview

There is no change to the Unit 2 course content, however, due to the current measures in place practical work is not possible. There will be no Unit 3 practical assessment, normally worth 10% of the final grade.

The course text book we recommend is;

https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/subjects/science/products/14-16/wjec-gcse-physics

In addition, the recommended revision guide for this course is;

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/gcse/science/physics/pwr41-new-wjec-gcse-physics-revision-guide-(with

Chemistry

Under normal circumstances pupils would have sat a Chemistry GCSE exam in the summer term in Year 10. This would have counted towards their overall final GCSE qualification (45%). Due to the cancellation of this exam, current Year 11 learners will now only need to sit the units they would have planned to sit in 2021 to be awarded the whole GCSE qualification. This means their final GCSE grade will be based on their performance in the single Unit 2 Chemistry exam provisionally set for Monday 24th May 2021. Information of this unit can be found on https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/chemistry-gcse.

There is no change to the content of the course and the topics for the units to be assessed are –

2.1 Bonding, structure and properties

2.2 Acids, bases and salts

2.3 Metals and their extraction

2.4 Chemical reactions and energy

2.5 Crude oil, fuels and organic chemistry

2.6 Reversible reactions, industrial processes and important chemicals

This year there will be no practical assessment (Unit 3) which is normally worth 10% of the final grade. The reason behind this is that social distancing measures make it difficult for learners to carry out the group practical work required for completion of specified practical work (and various other practical tasks). Teacher demonstrations, video clips, simulations and other appropriate resources will be used to provide basic experience of relevant practical methods. This adaptation retains the level of demand and maintains the integrity of the assessment but reduces the burden of practical work.

The recommended revision guide for this course is the CGP New WJEC GCSE Chemistry Revision Guide – please use this link  https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/gcse/science/chemistry/cwr41-new-wjec-gcse-chemistry-revision-guide-(wi

Humanities

Health & Social Care

Changes to Health and Social Care for 2021 Examination Series

Unit 1: Human growth, development (Written examination) 40% Single There are no changes to this unit.

Unit 2: Promoting and maintaining health and well-being (NEA) 60% Single Removal of Task 2. The total assessment time will be shortened to 10 hours.

Year 11 will be expected to sit the written examination in the summer and will also sit a 10 hour controlled assessment on Service Provision.


History

GCSE Changes for Summer 2021

Under normal circumstances the History GCSE is made up of a total of four different units, three of these are examined and the fourth is the NEA, or coursework. Changes to this year’s GCSEs mean that History students will now only sit two examinations instead of three and will still complete their NEA.

As we started the GCSE course in Year 10 with the NEA, this is already complete. We then studied the unit titled USA: a nation of contrasts. The bulk of this unit was studied before lock-down, but it was completed as part of the work set whilst the school was closed. We then began studying the third unit, Health and Medicine, which is what we are currently studying in class. These will be the two units which all students will be entered for this summer and, together with their NEA, will provide them with their final GCSE grade.

This does mean that the work which was set whilst we were in lock-down is all relevant and needed as part of the knowledge required for the examinations. Any student who did not complete this work, or has elements of it missing or not to the required standard, will need to ensure that they have completed all of it.

Should we face another lock down situation then 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.

Useful resources

Each History GCSE class has its own Google Classroom page which is managed by their class teacher. Work is regularly posted here, along with useful resources for study and revision. Students are kept informed of this. Students are encouraged to message their teachers should they have any questions or concerns relating to their work.

The BBC GCSE Bitesize site has some excellent History resources, tailored to the WJEC History course and covering the two units which will be examined.

The WJEC has also published an effective GCSE revision guide, should you wish to buy one:

My Revision Notes: WJEC GCSE History, ISBN: 9781510403833


Geography

Geography GCSE Adaptation for Examinations 2021

Unit 1: Physical and Human Landscapes (40%)

There are no changes to the assessment of this unit.

The following key questions have been removed:

1.1.2 How are physical landscapes in Wales affected by human activity?

1.1.3 How can landscapes in Wales be managed?

2.3.2 What are the consequences of urbanisation in two global cities?

 

Unit 2: Environmental and Development Issues (40%)

There are no changes to the assessment of this unit.

The following key questions have been removed:

5.2.1 What are the causes and consequences of two weather hazards?

6.3.2 Are water resources being managed sustainably?

 

Unit 3: Fieldwork enquiry – NEA (20%)

Unit 3 will not be subject to assessment in 2021.


Religious Studies

Changes for Summer 2021

The number of examinations will remain the same; students will sit two papers, both worth 50% of their qualification. The main change is that students will have to answer three out of the four units on each paper instead of the usual four units. Students who completed all tasks over the lockdown period will be able to choose which of the four units they leave blank in paper 1. Those students who were unable to complete the work set will be required to answer the three units which were covered before the end of March. Therefore the content of the Year 10 exam (Paper 1 – Philosophical Themes) is accessible to all students. All work from the lockdown period will remain on Google Classroom for those students who wish to fill in the gaps of their knowledge.

In the Year 11 exam (Paper 2 – Ethical Themes) we will learn three units from the specification then revisit the first paper so we are fully prepared for the new layout and requirements of the exam. The reduction of content to be assessed in 2021, 25% (two units) of content across the qualification, maintains the integrity, rigour and reputation of this GCSE.

Each exam will be 95 minutes in length rather than the usual 120 minutes to reflect the adaptations, this allows for an additional 5 minutes for the students to familiarise themselves with new layout. Clear instructions will be on the front of the exam paper.

Should we face another lock down situation then 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. Welsh Government is aware of this risk and is putting contingency plans in place. WJEC has worked on blended learning and other resources to support teachers and learners. Please visit the Digital Resources Site to keep abreast of this support: https://resources.wjec.co.uk/Pages/ResourceByArgs.aspx?subId=26&lvlId=2

The WJEC has also published effective GCSE revision guides, should you wish to buy one.

ISBN-10: 1510423435

ISBN-10: 1510423443

Technology

Computer Science

Unit 1: Understanding Computer Science (Written exam) 50%

This covers theory topics such as Hardware, Networking, Boolean Algebra and Operating Systems. There are no changes to this unit and it will be examined in May 2021.

  

Unit 2: Computational Thinking and Programming (On-screen exam) 30%

This unit covers practical skills such as programming in Java: Greenfoot, HTML, Assembler and Pseudo code. There are no changes to this unit and it will be examined in May 2021.

 

Unit 3: Software Development (NEA) 20%

This unit comprised of a 20 hour in-class assessment and will no longer be required for the course. Many of the learning objectives are also assessed in the other 2 examinations but the removal of this unit provides more guided learning to to embed skills for the examinations.


Art, Craft & Design

Unit 1: Portfolio – The deadline for the completion of this unit is currently May 2021.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment – This unit has now been removed from the GCSE qualification.

 

Rationale:

Unit 1 (Portfolio) is generally completed throughout Year 10 (3 terms) and during the first term of Year 11 (4 terms in total). As a consequence, learners have already completed some work on the Portfolio. Given that learners will still be working on this well into 2021, WJEC have decided not to release the Unit 2 assignment this year, to allow learners to prioritise work on their portfolio. This will mitigate against lost teaching and learning opportunities.

The same knowledge, understanding, skills and assessment objectives are covered in both units; hence the qualification will still target the full grade range and the adaptation will still enable learners to be able to progress on to the A Level Art & Design course.

 

Assessment:

All work completed during Year 11 will need to be submitted onto the GCSE 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.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/

 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


City & Guilds Engineering 

The assessment process for yr. 11 students is made up from 3 separate/ unique units.

 

Unit 101. Working in Engineering. 

An online examination established to assess student subject knowledge focused on the engineering sector and roles and responsibilities of workers within it. The required changes to the delivery of this unit have meant that a more blended learning model is necessary; Google Classroom is a platform that provides a two way teacher/student support link as well as a means of submitting regular homework tasks, this may all prove to be essential if a distance learning situation should arise again. Please see the link below for further details.

 

Unit 102. Carrying out basic Fitting Techniques

Unit 114 Carrying out Mechanical Maintenance

The two remaining assessment modules unit 102 and unit 114 both contain a blend of practical activities, classroom based tests and a written portfolio of work.

Initial work in this section has been focused on aiding the development of the written portfolio; where students have been planning their practical activities in preparation for when workshops will be considered viable again. We are currently awaiting an updated response from City & Guilds on this matter and expect this shortly, in the meantime, all safety plans and checks will be conducted to ensure that once we are able to commence practical work, we can do this efficiently and with minimal impact on the learners.


GCSE Engineering Design and 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 1: Design and Technology (written exam) 50% total mark.

There is no change to the assessment process of this unit. However, there will be a reduction in the subject content for assessment in 2021, subject teachers have been notified of these unit changes and as a result of this will guide students on specific revision topics.

 

Unit 2: Design and make task (Coursework) 50% total mark.

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

  • A significant reduction in the time needed to be spent on the NEA (coursework) reducing the 35 hours suggested in the specification.
  • 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).
  • Students are not required to ‘Evaluate the final practical model’s fitness for purpose.

(How the final prototype performs). This will help alleviate concerns indicated by addressing the social distancing issue and mitigate the loss of teaching and learning time.

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.

Resources 

A dedicated revision guide has been created for the WJEC Engineering and Product Design course that will greatly aid students’ understanding of the 2021 summer exam, this can now be purchased directly through school for a 50% reduction on the original price (just £5). Please see the links below for further details.


GCSE Food 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: Principles of Food and Nutrition (written exam) 40 % total mark.

There are no changes to the assessment process of this unit.

 

Unit 2: Food and Nutrition in Action (coursework) 60% total mark.

The amendments to the coursework assessment model include the following:

  • The NEA 1 Food investigation task has been removed from unit 2 and will not be assessed in 2021.
  • NEA 2 will be assessed and the total hours for unit 2 will be reduced from 25 hours to 15 hours.

 

Keys points to remain the same 

  • Students are to produce a portfolio as part of the final submission to include planning, research, practical skills, time plans and evaluations.
  • Students will also prepare, cook and present a menu of three dishes and accompaniments in a single 3 hour session. This will take place in February 2021 (date to be confirmed)

 

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 dedicated revision guide has been created for the WJEC GCSE Food and Nutrition course and is used in conjunction with the text book in school. Revision material is also on google classroom.


Business 

In the second year of BTEC Business Level 2, students will complete two units through controlled assessment.

Firstly, the students will study Unit 3: Business Enterprise. This is an exciting unit that allows students the opportunity to develop their own business idea which would be appropriate for the local community. It will include developing a Business Plan. This is worth 25% of the overall grade and will be assessed via internal assessments.

Secondly, the student will embark on Unit 7: Customer Service. This promotes skills necessary within a customer-centric industry such as sales and dealing with conflict. This is also worth 25% of the overall grade and will be assessed via internal assessments.

Students have already been provided a grade for Unit 1: Introduction to Business and Unit 2: Business Finance which forms 50% of their overall grade.

Recommended resources for further developing interest in the subject include:

https://www.tutor2u.net/business

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82

 

We look forward to an exciting year in Business!

 

Modern Languages

French/German/Spanish

WJEC GCSE Changes for MFL Exam in 2021 Only

Unit 1: Speaking (oral exam) 25%

Task 2, the photo card discussion has been removed..

The overall length of the exam will be reduced by two minutes to 5-7 minutes on the foundation tier and by three minutes to 7-10 minutes on the higher tier to take into account the removal of task 2.

Learners will be allowed to select their own sub-sub-theme for Part 1 of the Conversation in advance of the speaking assessment. The choice of sub-sub-theme must be agreed between the learner and the teacher no later than two weeks before the assessment takes place.

The following five sub-sub-themes will not be assessed in the Role Play task and Part 2 of the Conversation in 2021:

  • Theme 1: i) Technology and social media; ii) Festivals and celebrations
  • Theme 2: iii) Local and regional features and characteristics of France/Germany/Spain and French-/German-/Spanish-speaking countries; iv) Social issues
  • Theme 3: v) Post-16 study.

Unit 2: Listening (written exam) 25% There are no changes to this unit.

Unit 3: Reading (written exam) 25% There are no changes to this unit.

Unit 4: Writing (written exam) 25%

The translation task from English/Welsh into French/German/Spanish has been removed..

The following five sub-sub-themes will not be assessed in this unit in 2021:

  1. i) Technology and social media (Theme 1);
  2. ii) Festivals and celebrations (Theme 1);

iii) Local and regional features and characteristics of France/Germany/Spain and French-/German-/Spanish-speaking countries (Theme 2);

  1. iv) Social issues (Theme 2);
  2. v) Post-16 study (Theme 3)

Welsh Second Language

WJEC has reduced the requirement to sit two oral assessments giving centres the option to enter candidates for either Unit 1 or Unit 2.

At Castell Alun candidates will be entered for Unit 2 only in Year 11.

Unit 2: Communicating with other people (NEA administered as an exam) 25%

Unit 3: Narrative, specific and instructional (Written exam) 25%. There are no changes to this unit.

Unit 4: Descriptive, creative and imaginative (Written exam) 25% There are no changes to this unit.

Every candidate is required to sit one of the two oral units (Unit 1 or Unit 2).It is not possible to choose to sit both Unit 1 and Unit 2 for cash-in in 2021. Learners must sit only one of the two.

Expressive Arts

Physical Education

Unit 1: Introduction to Physical Education (Written exam) 50%

There are no changes to this unit.

Practical has changed to the following:

Unit 2: The active participant in physical education (NEA) 50%

  1. Remove the requirement to participate in a team activity. Team activities will, however, remain as an option for assessment in 2021.
  2. Reduce the requirement to participate in three activities to any two activities.
  3. Learners will not be required to submit a personal fitness programme.

Students will be assessed in 2 sports not 3. These sports can be 2 individuals, 2 team sports or 1 of each.

Moderation day will be based on video evidence. Students will be filmed during their practical lessons in the activities we can complete on site. If a student is using an external activity, they will need to gather as much evidence as possible from last year and this year. This could be in video form, photographs or time/results sheets. All of this can be uploaded to the GCSE Practical google classroom page.


Music

Unit 1: Performance (NEA) 35%

Reduce the minimum time requirement for performance from 4 minutes to 3 minutes. A modified penalty calculation table will be released for use in 2021.

Ensemble performance is optional as part of the three minutes to allow centres to comply with social distancing measures. Learners who can record an ensemble are still able to do so if they prefer.

The programme note is still required, and one or more pieces should be performed to make the total time.

 

Unit 2: Composing (NEA) 35%

Reduce the requirement to only one composition. The briefs will still be released as normal but using them will be optional. As a guide, the composition should be 1 1/2 – 3 minutes long.

Learners will not be required to submit the evaluation.

Unit 3: Appraising (Examination) 30%

There are no changes to this unit.

GCSE Music Timeline 2020/21

November 19th 2020

Unit 1 Section A: Performing examination (30%) – takes place at CAHS

One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice. Total duration of performances: minimum 3 minutes (can be one piece of music)

December 7th 2020

Unit 2 Section A: Composing deadline (30%)

1 composition, which may be in response to a brief set by WJEC or a free composition. Total duration of composition: 1½ – 3 minutes

January 7th 2020

Unit 1 Section B: Programme Note deadline (5%)

A programme note for one of the pieces chosen for performance, linked to an area of study.

27th May 2021 

Last year 11 Music lesson

15th June 2021

Unit 3: Appraising – Written/listening examination: 1 hour 30% of qualification

This unit is assessed via a listening examination.

Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study.


Drama

Unit 1: Devising Theatre 40%

Students are now given the opportunity to work individually or they can still choose to work in a group with up to 5 members. Should a student wish to perform individually they will be required to perform for between 2-4 minutes.

The evaluation is no longer required to be completed under supervised conditions with a time constraint of 1 hour 30 minutes. Instead students will complete an evaluation with a word limit of 900 words.

Unit 2: Performing Theatre 20%

Unit 2 will not be assessed in summer 2021.

Unit 3: Interpreting Theatre 40%

There are no changes to this unit.


Dance

All assessed Units with the Level 2 BTEC First Performing Arts, Dance and Production, remain unchanged.