The findings show that among the GCSEs, changes to the way the exams were structured had "reduced the demand" of the qualifications, while the A-level reviews found that changes to the way papers were assessed had in many cases made them easier.
The watchdog conducted reviews of GCSEs and A-levels in biology and chemistry between and as well as A-level geography between and and A-level critical thinking in The A-level chemistry review found that the exams had become easier between andbecause the questions were structured differently.
In a statement, Ofqual said that GCSEs are due to be revised after the national curriculum review, which is under way at the moment, while A-levels are also set to be reviewed. Standards have slipped, with teenagers often facing more multiple choice and short structured questions and papers with less scientific content, according to reports published today by Ofqual.
This made it harder to discriminate between students and meant that top students had less chance to show their knowledge and abilities, the review said. Get daily updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingSee our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email GCSEs and A-levels in science and geography are easier than they were 10 years ago, the exams regulator said on Tuesday.
The CCEA exam board was over generous in its marking of some questions and had less demanding coursework, Ofqual added.
Have your say in the comments box below Like us on Facebook. The A-level geography review found that the removal of coursework from the qualification in — which was usually a 4,word investigation — had made it "less demanding".
It added that reviewers were also struck by the "poor quality" of some questions, which sometimes included "trivial or irrelevant" information and "made-up words".
A Department for Education spokesman said: The review adds that in general, the geographical content of A-level geography had "softened" inand that harder topics, such as ecology or atmospheric systems, had been removed from exams or made optional.
The A-level biology criticised WJECthe Welsh exam board, for having a high percentage of short structured questions, which reduced the amount of information pupils had to read and take in. This made the papers "less demanding" although overall they were "sufficiently demanding for this level of qualification".
GCSE biology was easier in than in because there were more short papers with multiple choice and short answer questions, Ofqual found.WJEC GCSE Biology past exam papers and marking schemes, the past papers are free to download for you to use as practice for your exams.
GCSE Biology is a basic and necessary grounding required to study the subject at Advanced level and if you have any aspiration to study Life Sciences at university level you'll be. Ritu Sharma is an examiner for GCSE Biology with Edexcel and AQA in addition to writing units for OCR.
She earned her MSc in Human Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London and her MSc in Human Biology from Punjabi University. Biology. Stephanie Law has worked as an examiner for EDUQAS/WJEC for a number of years.
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