Project Description

Overview

Science Exams / Practical endorsements

As an external candidate you are able to complete your practical endorsements with us. In guidelines with the subject specification, we will carry out 12 Science Practical’s for each subject (Biology, Chemistry & Physics).

We follow the following examination board;

  • AQA
  • Pearson

We also offer Edexcel and AQA Sciences without the practical endorsement; however knowledge of practical techniques is tested as part of the written exams. Students who do not require the Practical Endorsements will be asked to complete the Science Practical Endorsement opt out form. We always advise candidates to re- check the entry requirements for their course at University to see if they do require a Practical Endorsement.

All our A-Level practical endorsements are conducted in a state of the art laboratory in a local school and are held in advance of written examinations, usually in March/April.

Science Practical Endorsement Programme

Our programme offers our external candidates a week in the classroom and 4 days in the lab.

In a classroom you would gain your practical experience throughout the course and whereas it is not mandatory to obtain your practical assessment grade, it is highly recommended. We offer a week long intensive workshop in year two of your studies (the same year you take your exams).

The practical assessment for each subject will involve you completing 12 required practical activities to show competency in a range of skills. These practicals will be assessed by centre staff using the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC). If you successfully demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the CPAC, you will receive a ‘pass’ grade. This will be reported separately on your certificate, alongside your overall A-Level grade (A-Level grades will only be based on marks from the written exams). The five days will include staff-led demonstrations, practical tuition and hands-on training; enabling you to acquire and be able to demonstrate the required skills. You will be sent a lab book prior to attending that must be used to keep a formal record of your assessed practical activities. It will also contain certain tasks that you must complete in advance.

Key Dates & Fees

The fees cover written examinations, administration, centre running costs, invigilation, certification, the significant insurance, equipment costs, materials, facility and staffing associated with providing the practical assessment.

All our A-Level practical endorsements are conducted in a state of the art laboratory in a local school and are held in advance of written examinations, usually in March/April.

Students will need to be in attendance for all the laboratory dates listed for their chosen subject/s: –

March / April 2022

Biology Chemistry Physics
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Fees:

  • Biology – £1250
  • Chemistry £1250
  • Physics – £1350
GCSE Maths Specification

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