Basics • The controlled assessment task is worth 25% of the total marks available for the specification. • An overview of the task is given on pages 42 - 44 of the specification. • The levels of control that need to applied during the research phase and analysis phase are described on pages 46 – 47 of the specification. • Titles and mark schemes are published annually on the WJEC open website.
What topics are available? • You need to select one from the four contemporary issues themes listed in the specification pp 29 and described pp 30 – 37: • Tourism, travel and leisure • Conflict and co-operation • Rights and responsibilities • The world of work • Choose the topic that best suits the expertise and resources available in your department.
What is the title for the Controlled Assessment task? • A new generic title for each theme is published on our website each year. The title focuses on one of the three learning outcomes of the theme. • The Principal Moderator has written contextualised scenarios for each of these titles with appropriate mark schemes. • We strongly recommend that you use one of these contextualised titles. • If you do this there is no need to contact WJEC seeking approval.
What if I want to create my own title? • You can create your own title based on one of the generic titles. For example: • Since 1960 the number of foreign holidays taken by people in the UK has grown.Using one tourist destination outside of the UK that you have researched: • Describe the range of factors that attract people to this foreign holiday destination. • Explain the impacts of the growth of foreign travel on the UK tourist industry. • Analyse the impact of tourism on one holiday destination outside of the UK. • Evaluate whether the attempts to limit the negative effects of tourism, at this holiday destination, have been successful. • The principal moderator has contextualised this with tourism to Kenya. However, if you wanted to use a different context, eg tourism to the Caribbean, you could do so.
Do I need approval for my own title? • You do not need approval, however, if you want to create your own context for a generic title we STRONGLY URGE you to seek support and advice. This is a free service: • 1 email your title, student sheets and mark schemes to Rhian Naish • 2 Jenna forwards these documents to Gilly Wright who acts as a ‘critical friend’ • 3 Gilly contacts you with support. • Allow at least six weeks for this process
What goes in the research folder? • We recommend that you provide each student with an identical folder at the start of the research phase. • The folder should contain: • The project title and mark scheme • A basic set of research materials that will allow all students to access each of the four sub-questions in the project • Web addresses for recommended websites • Students should be given the opportunity to study the resources in the folder and add new materials to it during the research phase.
The research phase= limited level of control • We recommend that you spend a maximum of 25 hours teaching the topic. Part of this time should be available for students to research. • During research students may collaborate but you must also ensure that a candidate’s work is his or her own. So: • Work should be individual. • Any materials found by the student (from a book, internet or primary sources) must be fully referenced and acknowledged. • The research folder and the student’s work must not be taken home. • Students may bring in research material from home as long as you authenticate that they found it independently.
Can I provide a writing frame? • No. the regulators do not allow access to writing frames for Controlled Assessment. • However, if you have students who need additional support, you may discuss strategies with them during the research phase. This may include flow diagrams / mind maps or other strategies that will help them structure their work. • Additional help should be noted on the HUM2 form at moderation.
The analysis and evaluation phase = high level of control • A maximum of six hours are allowed for students to ‘write up’ their project. • the candidates must be under direct supervision at all times. • access to e-mail, the internet and mobile phones must not be permitted. • Folders must be controlled by staff and locked away between each period of high phase work. • Candidates cannot add new research material during this phase.
How long should the finished pieces of work be? • Coursework projects had become very long. The amount of time allowed for Controlled Assessment is restricted so projects should be much shorter. • There is no word limit – although we suggest 2000 words should be enough. • There are no penalties if students write more than this suggested amount.