Exam and revision information
|Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)
It is impossible to overemphasise the importance of serious, planned revision. Tutors will be assisting students to plan their revision. Wherever possible, students are advised to study on their own in a quiet room, without distractions such as music or television.
Please note, timetables may be subject to change and all Year 11 students must be available up to and including Friday 28 June 2024.
NB: AM exams start at 08:30, PM exams start at 13:30. F = foundation paper, H = higher paper.
- The spring pre-public exam schedule will be uploaded once it has been finalised
Coursework assessment guidance
When coursework is submitted for marking, you will be asked to sign an authentication statement confirming that you have read and followed these regulations. If there is anything that you do not understand, you must ask your teacher.
Coursework provides you with an opportunity to do some independent research into a topic. The research you do will involve looking for information in published sources, such as textbooks, encyclopaedias, journals, TV, radio and the internet.
Using information from published sources (including the internet) as the basis for your coursework is a good way to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a subject. You must take care how you use this material though – you cannot copy it and claim it as your own work.
The JCQ regulations state that: ‘the work which you submit for assessment must be your own’; ‘you must not copy from someone else or allow another candidate to copy from you’.
If you use the same wording as a published source, you must place quotation marks around the passage and state where it came from. This is called ‘referencing’. You must make sure that you give detailed references for everything in your work which is not in your own words. A reference from a printed book or journal should show the name of the author, the year of publication and the page number, for example: (Morrison, 2000, p29).
For material taken from the internet, your reference should show the date when the material was downloaded and must show the precise web page, not the search engine used to locate it. This can be copied from the address line.
You may be required to produce a bibliography at the end of your work. This must list the full details of publications you have used in your research, even where these are not directly referred to, for example: Curran, J. Mass Media and Society (Hodder Arnold, 2005).
If you copy the words or ideas of others and do not show your sources in references and a bibliography, this will be considered as cheating.
If you receive help and guidance from someone other than your teacher, you must tell your teacher who will then record the nature of the assistance given to you. Your parent/carer may provide you with access to resource materials and discuss your coursework with you. However, they must not give you direct advice on what should or should not be included.
If you worked as part of a group on an assignment, you must each write up your own account of the assignment. Even if the data you have is the same, the description of how that data was obtained and the conclusions you draw from it should be in your own words. You must meet the deadlines that your teacher gives you. Remember - your teachers are there to guide you. Although they cannot give you direct assistance, they can help you to sort out any problems before it is too late.
Take care of your work and keep it safe. Don’t leave it lying around where your classmates can find it or share it with anyone, including posting it on social media. You must always keep your coursework secure and confidential whilst you are preparing it; do not share it with your classmates. If it is stored on the computer network, keep your password secure. Collect all copies from the printer and destroy those you do not need. Don’t be tempted to use pre-prepared online solutions – this is cheating. Electronic tools used by awarding bodies can detect this sort of copying. You must not write inappropriate, offensive or obscene material.
Plagiarism involves taking someone else’s words, thoughts or ideas and trying to pass them off as your own. It is a form of cheating, which is taken very seriously. Don’t think you won’t be caught; there are many ways to detect plagiarism.
- Markers can spot changes in the style of writing and use of language.
- Markers are highly experienced subject specialists who are very familiar with work on the topic concerned - they may have read the source you are using, or even marked the work you have copied from!
- Internet search engines and specialised computer software can be used to match phrases or pieces of text with original sources and to detect changes in the grammar and style of writing or punctuation.
- OFQUAL: GCSE 9 to 1 Grades explained - https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2018/03/02/gcse-9-to-1-grades-a-brief-guide-for-parents/
- AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) - https://www.aqa.org.uk/
- Pearson Edexcel - https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html
- OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Exams) - https://ocr.org.uk/
- NCFE - https://www.ncfe.org.uk/
- WJEC - https://www.wjec.co.uk/
Your certificates are valuable documents, and it is extremely important that you arrange to collect them from college at the earliest possible opportunity. Candidates who took examinations during the summer will be awarded in their certificates at a Year 11 presentation evening, usually held in the November after they have left.
Candidates who took examinations in prior years should contact the Examinations Office to check whether their certificates are still held by the school prior to arranging collection. The Examinations Office can be contacted on 01329 843127 or via email@example.com. The college is not obliged to keep certificates for longer than twelve months and may destroy any unclaimed certificates by a secure method (for example by shredding or incineration) after holding them for a period of 12 months from the date of issue. A record of all certificates destroyed by an exams centre should be kept for a further period of four years from the date of their destruction.
If you lose your certificates, please contact the relevant exam board directly to get a replacement exam certificate or certified statement of results. Please be aware that fees may apply. However, you cannot get a replacement certificate for an O level, CSE, GCSE or A level - your exam board will send you a certified statement of results instead. You can use this in place of your exam certificate, for example when completing a university application.
If you require this service you should contact the awarding bodies are as follows:
- AQA - https://www.aqa.org.uk/contact-us/past-results-and-lost-certificates
- OCR - https://www.ocr.org.uk/students/replacement-certificates
- Pearson (Edexcel) - https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/Services/certificateservices.html
- WJEC - https://www.wjec.co.uk/home/student-support/replacement-exam-certificates
If you cannot remember your exam board, or it isn’t listed above please visit https://www.gov.uk/replacement-examcertificate