Where can I find exemplar work?
We've made available examples of marked work to help exemplify the mark scheme level descriptors. You'll find it helpful to look at this range of exemplars to gain a better understanding of the marking criteria. There are currently exemplars on theSalem witch trials, Thomas Cromwell, Appeasement and the French Revolution available on the A level qualification page.
We will make more examples of coursework available after the Summer series.
Do I need to carry out internal standardisation of marking?
In large centres with multiple teachers, it's essential that you carry out internal moderation before you finalise the coursework marks. You should sample double-mark, selecting mark points within the same level from different teaching sets. The double marking should continue until you are satisfied that you have achieved comparability.
Small schools with only one teacher need not carry out internal standardisation.
How should I annotate the work?
It's important that you annotate the coursework to show the moderator how you have interpreted the mark scheme and applied it to the students' work.
Indications in the margins as to where specific mark scheme strands/levels are perceived would be helpful. It would also help to see a summary of the marking answer profile against each bullet point in the mark scheme using the following as an example:
BP1 (Bullet Point 1): L4+ (High Level 4)
BP2: L3 (Level 3)
BP3: L4- (Low Level 4)
This could be provided as a summary at the end of the student’s assignment or on the coursework mark and authentication sheet, together with summative comments which explain why the final overall level and mark were awarded.
You should mark and annotate the work in ink. Initial marking may be done in pencil until you are satisfied that you are applying the marking criteria accurately and consistently; please then go over your marks and comments in ink. The colour of the ink is not important provided it is visibly different to the student’s work.
What are the grade boundaries?
You should not attempt to grade the work; you should be marking the work by applying the marking criteria in a consistent manner.
The coursework grades will be awarded at the end of each examination series using the standard code of practice awarding process.
Grade boundaries are always published on the grade boundaries page of our website. They will be available to download from results day.
E9 Moderator Report
While moderating your centre's coursework, the moderator will write an E9 report which will provide you with detailed feedback on your marking and administration. You will be able to download this report on results day. More details on how to access your E9 report will be provided in my results day update.
Further support and guidance can be found in the Getting Started Guide for A level History.
Removal of OPTEMS
In order to help increase security, and also allow more time for centres to process and submit their centre assessed marks, from Summer 2017 we will only be allowing centres to submit those marks online; via Edexcel Online or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
This will be in keeping with other Awarding Organisations, and will offer the following advantages:
- you will be able to submit marks right up to the deadline
- a reduction in the amount of paper being sent through the system, and stored in centres
- it will eliminate the risk of OPTEMS being lost or damaged in the post
- Edexcel Online will display the latest allocated moderator details, capturing any late changes
If your teaching staff usually complete their own OPTEMS forms, please see the guide below on how you can give senior teachers or Heads of Department the relevant access to Edexcel Online to complete their own electronic submissions.
The only exception to this change will be for Entry Level Certificate (Academic) which will continue to have marks submitted via OPTEMS, as these qualifications are not on Edexcel Online.