IOP engages with CCEA on assessment of practical science

13 May 2014

The Institute of Physics recently took part in a seminar organised by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment in Northern Ireland to explore the nature of the assessment of practical skills in A level science qualifications offered in Northern Ireland.

IOP engages with CCEA on assessment of practical science
Roger McCune, CCEA, Liz Conlon, IOP, Ian Williams, QUB physics, Sheila Gilheany, IOP and Charles Tracy, IOP pictured at the CCEA seminar.


The event was in response to the recent Fundamental Review of Qualifications in Northern Ireland by the Department of Education where it was anticipated that Awarding Organisations offering qualifications in Northern Ireland may soon be revising their A level Science specifications. CCEA Accreditation,  will be responsible for accrediting and regulating future A level Science qualifications offered to students in Northern Ireland.

In addition to colleagues from university science course, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Association of Science Education as also took part in the event.  These professional bodies, along with the Royal Society make up the body, SCORE – Science Community Representing Education.

SCORE recently published guidelines on the assessment of practical work. The guidelines highlight the need for students to manipulate and observe real objects and materials in the laboratory and the field and particularly emphasize the need to ensure that an effective, evidence-based mechanism for assessing practical work is developed alongside content.