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Science for Work Level 1 / 2 Award

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Level 1/2 Award in Science for work - Centres should note that June 2017 will be the final opportunity for candidates to sit and therefore cash-in their results. There will be a resit only available in 2018.

This qualification enables scientific learning in an applied and engaging context. The qualification has a strong emphasis on practical work, making it ideal for learners who prefer to learn by doing.

This document outlines the differences between Science for Work Level 1 / 2 Award (IVQ) and the parallel QCF qualification in Science for Work:

Frequently Asked Questions.

Key documents

Science for Work


(October 2016)

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(July 2014)

Performance Tables - England

The Department for Education published ‘Technical awards for 14 to 16 year olds 2017 and 2018 performance tables: technical guidance for awarding organisations’, on 18 June. This document states on page 11:

'The study of EBacc subjects at the age of 14 to 16 is best served through the teaching of reformed GCSEs. To avoid a proliferation of alternative qualifications in EBacc subjects (English, mathematics, sciences (including computer science), languages, history and geography), qualifications in these subjects, or applied versions of these subjects, will not be approved as Technical Awards*'.

*‘Technical Awards’ describes qualifications that are approved by the DfE for recognition in performance tables. Technical Awards are not a new type of qualification.

Both the L1/2 Award in Applied Science and L1/2 Award in Science for Work are eligible for the 2016 school performance tables in England. However, for the 2017 performance tables onwards, both the L1/2 Applied Science and the L1/2 Science for Work qualifications will no longer be eligible to be included.

April 2014

Please note that Model Assignments are available to download from the Secure Website. Please go to: Resources PDF Download/ Controlled Assessment Materials.

Performance Tables - England (December 2013)

The Science for Work Level 1 / 2 Award (IVQ) is included on the 2016 Performance Tables in England.

Core Subject Indicator - Wales (November 2013)

The Science for Work Level 1 / 2 Award (IVQ) now counts towards the Core Subject Indicator (CSI) in Wales.

For further information, please contact:

Llinos Wood - Subject Officer
Telephone 029 2026 5384
E-mail: llinos.wood@wjec.co.uk

Sarah Price - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5103
E-mail: sarah.price@wjec.co.uk

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Level 1/2 Award in Science for Work (IVQ) Examiners' Report Summer 2017

Principal Examiners' Report

The Summer 2017 Principal Examiners' reports provide feedback on this Summer's examination series. The reports include helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next examination series.

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