Commented on Eduqas AS SOW - 2015/16
Please find attached my first draft at a SOW for the new Eduqas AS specification. I am sure that it will change as it goes along, however this gives me a good starting point to move on from. The rational for having two weeks of RM at the start is to ensure that students fully understand what is required of them. It may also deter some of the students who think that they want to take psychology because it sounds cool. That is also a reason for sticking the biological approach at the start.There are also a couple of things that people need to be aware of with the new A levels. From the current Year 12 students new headline figures come into force. More details of these can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/359909/Technical_Guide_final_for_publication.pdf One measure is retention (see annex C2) and I feel that people need to be aware of this in particular. If a student is registered on a programme of study that lasts over 24 weeks the qualifying period is 6 weeks (see para 7.10 b). What this means is that if a student drops out after 7 weeks they will count as a fail in terms of retention. Why is this important? If you only register your students as undertaking the full A Level then you will be measured on the full two year programme. I am assuming that is why a large number of SLTs are making sure their students undertake the AS subject first. If they are successful on this then they are more likely to progress. However if they fail they would still count as being retained but not having passed, which would affect VA scores, which is a different measure.I hope this makes sense to people and I am happy to stand corrected if people find out different information.I am also putting together a RM workbook for the new spec and when I have finished this I will upload this as well.Hope this helps and you feedback and comments are most welcome.