We are in the process of updating our NEA guidance for 2021 to reflect the adaptations we have made to qualifications. Check the qualification pages for documents explaining the changes. We’ll provide more help and guidance soon.
The assessment of practical skills, apparatus and techniques forms part of the GCSE (9–1) Science qualifications. Candidates must be provided with practical science opportunities.
This applies to the following qualifications:
Practical activity groups (PAGs) for each qualification cover the practical requirements and allow centres flexibility in their choice of activity.
To find resources to aid the delivery of practical skills, apparatus and techniques, look at the relevant qualification page for each GCSE (9–1) Science qualification.
The resources are available as Word documents to allow you to edit the tasks to match your own resources, timetable and staffing. However, centres are free to use any other resources that cover the same skills, apparatus and techniques.
A practical activities tracker spreadsheet is also provided on the relevant qualification page. This allows you to track the skills, apparatus and techniques your candidates have experienced. There is no obligation to use this tracker; it is available for internal use only.
As well as the Head of Centre declaration included in the JCQ NCN Annual Update, centres also need to return the OCR NEA Centre Declaration Form to us. This form confirms they have taken reasonable steps to ensure each learner has had the opportunity to complete the practical activities as described in the relevant section of each specification.