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We have decided to adopt most of our proposals unchanged.
However, we have made changes to:
- correct a typographical error which referred to direct assessment of practical skills in exams, rather than indirect assessment
- ensure our requirements for assessing of practical skills in AS exams reflect the full range of the subject content
We have also decided that we should make a minor change to our requirements for monitoring practical assessments in A level biology, chemistry and physics. This change ensures that all exam boards offering A level biology, chemistry, geology and physics will share information about issues identified in monitoring visits with each other.
Detail of feedback received
There were four responses to the consultation, three from organisations, and one from an individual.
One organisation did not comment directly on our proposals, but instead provided general comments on the process for reform of GCSEs, AS and A levels.
The other respondents broadly supported our proposal, but one raised concerns relating to our proposed monitoring arrangements for the separately reported assessment of practical skills in A level geology.
This consultation is about the rules and guidance we plan to put in place for new AS and A levels in geology. These rules will apply to the new geology AS and A levels that will be taught in schools in England from September 2017.
This consultation takes forward decisions made following our earlier consultation ‘Developing geology, politics and PE short course for 2017 teaching’, and is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.