So how will all these changes impact on our teaching?
Are you able to decide during year 12 which of your students will do well in the summer AS exam and be progressing into year 13? Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport As a rough estimate I’d suggest that about 80-90% of that content is the same or similar to that already being studied at AS and A-level, although some has moved from A2 to AS and vice-versa.
The analysis may be written, as the vast majority currently are, or presented via a combination of written and verbal explanation, e.g.
expanding on a Power Point presentation through a recorded interview.
The coursework is now to be called the NEA (Non-Examined Assessment). ), now involves students performing or coaching (no more officiating) one practical activity (15%) and written analysis (15%), which is essentially a watered-down version of the current sections B and C.
If there is no officiating, will this permit additional classroom teaching for the new theoretical content?The course structure has the same overall weightings of 70% theory / 30% coursework.There is additional theory content, but the same practical coursework, except that for the written part of the NEA, students must analyse two areas of assessment, 2 and 3.More than one weakness in performance may be identified, but students must ‘analyse weaknesses consistently to meet bands in assessment criteria’. The written aspect of the NEA uses the same five descriptive bands as the practical assessment.For AS, the idea is for the student to identify one (or more) weakness(es) from Area of assessment 1, which for most activities are either attacking skills or event 1.In the current PHED 1 and 3, the exams are 2/3 recall of knowledge and 1/3 application of that knowledge to practical/coaching scenarios.The new specifications have an additional assessment objective and a different weighting for both AS and A-level, meaning that the new specification’s exams have less factual recall, more application and much more analysis and evaluation.The practical assessment is exactly the same at A-level and therefore a centre might consider getting the A-level assessment done in year 12.As tends to happen now, many centres will produce DVD evidence for most / all A2 activities. The written component of the AS coursework involves the students analysing (20 marks) and evaluating (25 marks) a performance; which could be their own or somebody else.If centres do that, then we are back to the original situation that led to the existence of AS levels. The NEA requires both the AS and A-level students to perform or coach in ONE of those limited number of activities.Students could be leaving at the end of year 12 without any credit in the subject they studied. The idea is that the students demonstrate or coach the core skills / techniques of the activity in a fully competitive situation.