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Internal Assessments Series 2

The second round of internal assessments will run from Monday 27th February until Friday 10th March.  The timetable for these assessments will be shared with students by the end of January, with individual timetables showing seat allocations and rooms shortly after.

 

SUMMER GCSE AND A LEVEL EXAM SEASON 2023

The final timetable for summer 2023 is now available.  A summary of the examination dates is below.  Individual student timetables with exact seat arrangements will be issued in the Summer term once final entries have been confirmed with the examination boards.

Students are required to be available for the contingency day at the end of the examination series, which this year is Wednesday 28th June.  Should any examination not be able to run at a national level on a particular day it will be moved to this day.  Should this happen, students not available to sit the rescheduled examination will be awarded zero marks.

 

 

GCSE Exam Dates 2023

 

 

AM

PM

Monday

15 May 2023

RE Paper 1 (Ethics)

Drama Component 3

Tuesday

16 May 2023

Biology Paper 1

Sociology Paper 1

Wednesday

17 May 2023

English Literature Paper 1

PE Paper 1

Thursday

18 May 2023

History Paper 1

Business Paper 1

Friday

19 May 2023

Mathematics Paper 1

Computer Science Paper 1

Monday

22 May 2023

Chemistry Paper 1

Geography Paper 1

Tuesday

23 May 2023

French Reading & Listening

RE Paper 2 (Christianity)

Wednesday

24 May 2023

English Literature Paper 2

 

Thursday

25 May 2023

Physics Paper 1

Computer Science Paper 2
Sociology Paper 2

Friday

26 May 2023

   

Half Term

Monday

05 June 2023

English Language Paper 1

French Writing

Tuesday

06 June 2023

Spanish Reading & Listening

 

Wednesday

07 June 2023

Mathematics Paper 2

History Paper 2

Thursday

08 June 2023

PE Paper 2

Contingency Afternoon

Friday

09 June 2023

Geography Paper 2

Biology Paper 2

Monday

12 June 2023

English Language Paper 2

Business Paper 2

Tuesday

13 June 2023

Chemistry Paper 2

Spanish Writing

Wednesday

14 June 2023

Mathematics Paper 3

Music

Thursday

15 June 2023

 

Contingency Afternoon

Friday

16 June 2023

Physics Paper 2

Geography Paper 3

Monday

19 June 2023

   

Tuesday

20 June 2023

Food & Nutrition

 

Wednesday

21 June 2023

   

Thursday

22 June 2023

   

Friday

23 June 2023

 

 

A Level Exam Dates 2023

 

 

AM

PM

Monday

15 May 2023

   

Tuesday

16 May 2023

   

Wednesday

17 May 2023

Geography Paper 1

 

Thursday

18 May 2023

Economic Paper 1

 

Friday

19 May 2023

Psychology Paper 1

 

Monday

22 May 2023

Sociology Paper 1

Economics Paper 2
Psychology Paper 2

Tuesday

23 May 2023

 

Politics Paper 1

Wednesday

24 May 2023

History Paper 1

English Literature Paper 1
Physics Paper 1

Thursday

25 May 2023

Geography Paper 2

Business Paper 1

Friday

26 May 2023

   

Half Term

Monday

05 June 2023

Economics Paper 3

Psychology Paper 3

Tuesday

06 June 2023

English Literature Paper 2

Mathematics Paper 1

Wednesday

07 June 2023

Business Paper 2
Spanish Paper 1

Biology Paper 1
Politics Paper 2
Drama and Theatre

Thursday

08 June 2023

Physics Paper 2
Sociology Paper 2

History Paper 2

Friday

09 June 2023

 

 

Monday

12 June 2023

Chemistry Paper 1

Computer Science Paper 1

Tuesday

13 June 2023

 

Mathematics Paper 2

Wednesday

14 June 2023

Business Paper 3
Spanish Paper 2

Sociology Paper 3

Thursday

15 June 2023

Physics Paper 3

 

Friday

16 June 2023

Biology Paper 2
Politics Paper 3

 

Monday

19 June 2023

Computer Science Paper 2

Chemistry Paper 2

Tuesday

20 June 2023

 

Mathematics Paper 3

Wednesday

21 June 2023

Biology Paper 3

 

Thursday

22 June 2023

   

Friday

23 June 2023

Chemistry Paper 3

 

Revising

There is no one way to revise as every pupil has their own learning style, however the following tips may help:

  • Ensure you fully understand what to revise. What topics do you need to understand? What does the exam specification say?
  • Manage your time. Planning to spend 4-5 hours on one topic is unrealistic. Create a suitable timetable which makes time for rest and other activities.
  • Check your understanding by practising exam style questions. Feedback from teachers is vital at this point, to see if you are on the right track.
  • Start revision early. Trying to cram a 2-year course into 6 weeks has never worked!
  • Find an appropriate environment. Some people work better alone and some work better in a group. Some people work better with music and other don’t. Find what’s best for you!
  • Set yourself revision goals. Aim to complete certain tasks every time you revise that way you will be able to monitor and track how much you have done/need to do.

 

The 9 BEST Scientific Study Tips How to revise for exams effectively
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p60rN9JEapg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrXMrH7E4Jw
How to study effectively with flashcards Revision techniques - the good, the OK and the useless
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzCEJVtED0U https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22565912
Alternative ways to revise Cornell note taking
https://www.whatuni.com/advice/sixth-form-life/21-alternative-ways-to-revise/72112/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErSjc1PEGKE
BBC Bitesize Get Revising
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize  http://getrevising.co.uk
Revision World  
https://revisionworld.com/  

 

Useful revision links

Subject Website
English http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/0/
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv
http://www.grammarlady.com/
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zh8wxnb
Maths www.corbettmaths.com
www.onmaths.com
www.keshmaths.com
www.mathsgenie.com
Science Kerboodle – https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

BBC Science Homepage – general science news  http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/

BBC Bitesize – general revision covering KS3-4  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

The Naked Scientist – a podcast by Cambridge University about news in sciencehttp://www.thenakedscientists.com/

How Stuff Works – explanations about how stuff works http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Popular Science – the magazine online http://www.popsci.com/

New Scientist – the magazine online http://www.newscientist.com/

Spanish Spanish News Site BBC Mundo Portada – http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/news/
GCSE Revision: BBC Bite Size Spanish – http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/spanish/
BBC Languages – www.bbc.co.uk/languages
Spanish Grammar and Practice: Real Spanish – http://www.realspanish.net/
Spanish Grammar and Practice: About Spanish – http://www.realfrench.net/
Spanish Grammar and Practice: Babel Zone – http://www.lcfclubs.com
French Grammar and Practice: About French
Spanish Grammar and Practice: Linguascope – http://linguascope.com
Geography https://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography/
http://www.acegeography.com/
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc
History www.spartacus-educational.com,
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zk26n39
Computer Science https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z34k7ty
http://www.teach-ict.com/2016/GCSE_Computing/AQA_8520/aqa_8520_home.html
Music https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpf3cdm
Business https://businessed.co.uk/index.php/home/theory/gcse/edexcel-gcse-9-1-theory-notes-public#1-1-enterprise-and-entrepreneurship

https://www.tutor2u.net/business

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82

PE https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/ztrcg82

 

Past Papers for Revision

Revise and prepare for your exams by practicing past exam papers. Past papers are a handy way for you to check the level of questions you will need to answer in an exam and hence this makes them a great revision tool.

Past papers will not help you predict the questions or topics that are likely to come up in exams but you can use them to:

  • Assess whether you have learnt the material;
  • Identify gaps in your knowledge.

To access past papers to help with your revision, please click on the exam board links below:

  • AQA Exam Board Past Papers;

[https://www.aqa.org.uk/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes]

  • Edexcel Exam Board Past Papers;

[https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/support-topics/exams/past-papers.html]

  • OCR Exam Board Past Papers; 

[https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/past-paper-finder/]

  • EDUQAS Exam Board Past Papers. 

[https://www.eduqas.co.uk/home/past-papers/]

Subject Exam Boards - GCSE

GCSE
English Language

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

AQA
English Literature

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

AQA
Mathematics

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

EdExcel
Science Trilogy (Combined)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

AQA
Art & Design (Fine Art)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

AQA
Art & Design (Photography)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

AQA
Biology

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

AQA
Business

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/business-2017.html

EdExcel
Chemistry

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

AQA
Computer Science

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/gcse/computer-science-8520

AQA
Dance

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/gcse/dance-8236

AQA
Drama

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-gcse/#tab_overview

EDUQAS
Design & Technology

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

AQA
Geography

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

AQA
Food & Nutrition

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/food-preparation-and-nutrition-gcse/#tab_overview

EDUQAS
Health & Social Care (Cambridge National)

https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/health-and-social-care-level-1-2-j801-j811/

OCR
History

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

EdExcel
Creative iMedia (Cambridge National)

https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

OCR
Music

https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/music-j536-from-2016/

OCR
PE

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/physical-education-2016.html

EdExcel
Physics

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

AQA
RE

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies-gcse/#tab_overview

EDUQAS
Sociology

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192

AQA
Spanish

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

AQA

Subject Exam Boards - A Level

 

 

During the Examination Season

Before the Examination

Again, everyone has their own personal routines, but these tips could make the difference:

  • Ensure you know the correct time, date and venue of the exam
  • Prepare resources the night before (i.e. calculator, pen, pencil etc.)
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated
  • Don’t be put off by what others say.
  • Think positively; don’t underestimate yourself.
  • Visualise your revision material and remain calm.

During the Examination

It’s important to remain focused during an examination. If you have put in the hours preparing, then the exam is just a chance for you to showcase your talent!

  • Read the question carefully. Read it more than once and take time to think about your answer
  • Save time by not repeating the question.
  • Use the amount of marks to gauge how many points to make.
  • Understand the command words (describe, list, evaluate, explain etc.)
  • Re-read your answers and double check you have included everything.

After the examination:

Time to reflect on the exam and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What did you do well?
  • What have you learnt for the next examination?
  • What do you need to improve next time?

Coping with GCSEs and A Levels

  • The work you do now is extremely important.
  • Work hard now and you will be better prepared. Never settle for a first draft of work. You can always improve.
  • Complete all classwork and homework! Missing work could potentially cost you marks and that grade you want to achieve.
  • At the end of the day you study for yourself and your bright and wonderful future!

Planning a Successful Journey through Exams

  • Become familiar with the way that each exam course is taught.
  • Be clear about what is being examined and how.
  • Know when examinations are due to take place.
  • Look ahead and see how the programme being studied has been prepared.
  • Look ahead and anticipate times when work has to be complete and passed on for assessment.

When students receive a full examination timetable check the dates and add them to calendars and planners.

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