Author(s): Hall E; Fisher P; Taverner S; Clark J
Abstract: This research has been conducted by a team of subject specialists, supported by research associates in the Department of Education, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Five subjects were selected by DfEE (now DfES) and Edexcel across the three awarding bodies (OCR, Edexcel and AQA): • English Literature • History • French • Mathematics • Physics The team have based their analysis on the subject specifications which are freely available on the awarding bodies’ web sites. We have looked at assessment specifications but not at supporting materials, nor at the range of additional support provided by some boards to partner centres. Our analysis of the syllabi has focused on the following key issues: • The objective differences between the specifications themselves • The approach taken by each examining board to candidate choices • Differences in interpretation by awarding bodies • Policy or other emphasis distinctive to particular awarding bodies.