anyone moved to Edexcel?

 anyone moved to Edexcel?
Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 10:20 AM
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Hi, was wondering if anyone has moved to Edexcel Psych two year A level, from AQA (or OCR? )and what the benefits are??


Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 06:57 PM
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Yes I moved. Less core studies for a start (moved from OCR), much less specialist terminology than AQA (from what I recall looking at the specs two years ago). Benefits - mix of short and long answer questions and no multiple choice, papers have no crossover so Year 1 - Paper 1; Year 2 - Paper 2 and paper three looks at RM (also on other papers) and issues and debates. Also personal choice I just preferred the topics. Students have to carry out 6 investigations (which may be examined directly) and also 6 key questions which gets them to apply their knowledge to relevant, social issues. Very supportive community

Downsides - far fewer resources and training as still a small board. Levels based marking has been difficult to interpret but marking last summer really helped. Spec is heavier than at first glance so be warned and students have to be able to calculate 4 stats tests and s.d (although this wasn't an issue in the end)

I have really enjoyed teaching the spec but its not been easy

Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 12:22 PM
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thanks for this information!

Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 09:08 PM
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Yep, moved to Edexcel at all three of my centres. Love the content of the spec, there are fewer resources, but it's not a major issue.

Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 @ 09:50 AM
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Biased as Edexcel has generally been the spec I have taught, when I have started new jobs I have changed them from AQA to Edexcel. I was a bit more hesitant this time (extra work in having to be aware of all the AQA stuff for the current year 13's so was a change worth it) Having now taught the year 2 side of AQA and now looking at revision for year 1 I am glad I didn't stay with AQA for year 12. I find it so content heavy and with so many small studies and so many topics.
Maybe I am still missing something with Edexcel but I find there is less material to know and year 1 anyway has fewer small studies. I also like in year 2 that you focus on just one topic (we will do child) rather than several like in AQA.

Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 @ 11:16 AM
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Just to say apparently there are new textbooks on their way from Illuminate.

Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 @ 11:49 AM
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Hi, I´ve taught AQA, Edexcel and CIE and think that Edexcel has the most engaging content for students!

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 03:07 PM
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Thanks for this! Do you think the questions allow easier access for weaker students??

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 04:31 PM
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Hmmmm, the RM questions on Paper 1 / 2 are fairly straightforward (25%+ of marks) and you can prepare them for questions relating to theory own investigations and the key questions (albeit with much perseverance and improvement of their work). I am beginning to get my head around how to approach the extended answers but there isn't really a formula to answer these as the can be set in so many ways. The biggest issue for weaker students in timing on the exams, especially Paper 1.

However all the papers are in a similar format and there are no multiple choice thrown in (which put me off AQA). Having Yr 1 on paper1 and yr 2 on paper 2 also helps students with poor organisation.

Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 07:41 AM
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Hi I am thinking of moving from edexcel after 15 years as hating assessment for the new course. Too many hoops to jump through. I am thinking of changing to CIE. Any advice?


Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 07:52 PM
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Hi Everyone, Jenny is right the new textbooks are well on the way now, with Cara at the helm, Matt, Julia, Rob and myself have been beavering away relentlessly and we are nearly there. I'll try and upload the flyer which gives a great impression of how it will look. Hope everyone likes it :D