The consultancy service is now open again this year. The service is designed to help teachers apply the assessment criteria for controlled assessment tasks.
By working through exemplars, you'll be able to ensure that your own understanding of the assessment criteria is correct before you mark your students' work.
What is the consultancy service?
It's an online system where you can view and mark exemplar student work.
Why should I use it?
It's absolutely free
It gives you the opportunity to mark pieces of coursework to gain an understanding of how to apply the new assessment criteria
It ensures you understand the marking criteria so you can begin marking your own students' work
You'll receive commentaries from a senior moderator on the exemplar work
It provides additional support for centres who may have misunderstood the application of the criteria.
When will it be available?
- The consultancy service is available now until 17 February 2013. Exemplars for 5SC04 will be available from 5 November.
Where do I access the work?
- Centres must register on OSCA to access the exemplar work. You can access the OSCA system at www.edexcelonline.co.uk.
- Once registered, the Lead Assessor (or a group of colleagues) can go online and mark the exemplar work.
How to use it: Three easy steps
Step 1: Nominate the ‘Lead Assessor’. They will have access to the exemplar work. For example, this could be the Head of Maths or the Head of Science.
Step 2: Ensure the Lead Assessor is registered with Edexcel Online. If you're a registered centre, contact your centre's Edexcel Online administrator who can set you up with an account. If your centre is not yet registered, please nominate an Edexcel Online administrator and ask them to contact us.
Step 3: Register for the consultancy service by selecting 'GQ OSCA' from the Edexcel Online menu.
Please note that if you used the consultancy service last year, there's no need to register again - you can use the same login details.
Will I gain accreditation by marking the exemplar work?
No. The consultancy service available through OSCA for GCSE Science is to provide centres with reference materials so they can practise marking and develop an understanding of standards and assessment.