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Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment is a new approach for those GCSE subjects which require internal assessment. It is a tightening of the circumstances in which candidates, over a period of time, complete those aspects of the subject which are usually marked by their teacher. 

Since September 2009, Controlled Assessment has replaced coursework for the majority of new GCSEs. This has been one of the changes in the Government’s reform of education for 14-19 year olds, designed to ensure that specification content meets the aims of the revised secondary curriculum. 

All GCSE subjects are in one of three categories: subjects with 60% Controlled Assessment, subjects with 25% Controlled Assessment, and subjects with no Controlled Assessment. 

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Controlled Assessment is used for those aspects of a subject which cannot be readily assessed by an external examination, for example:

  • undertaking research and gathering, selecting and organising materials and information;

  • planning investigations;

  • carrying out investigations and/or tasks;

  • performance and production skills;

  • working with others and devising creative approaches;

  • extracting and interpreting information from a range of different sources;

  • selecting and applying tactics, strategies and compositional ideas;

  • taking informed and responsible action;

  • analysis and evaluation of processes and products;

  • presenting ideas and arguments supported by evidence.

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