# AS and A Level FAQs

### AS and A Level Art and Design - H200, H600

- AS and A Level Art and Design: How long are the timed art examinations?
- AS and A Level Art and Design: What dates are the Externally Set Task pre-release papers available?
- AS and A Level Art and Design: Can teachers see the pre-release papers before the release date?
- AS and A Level Art and Design: What should students produce during their timed art examination?
- AS and A Level Art and Design: What guidance can students be given during the externally set task?
- AS and A Level Art and Design: Can a student complete their controlled hours in a space outside of the centre?

### AS and A Level Biology A - H020, H420

- AS and A Level Biology A: Where can I find resources and support?
- AS and A Level Biology A: Do students need to know how to do chi squared tests (and all the other statistics)?
- AS and A Level Biology A: How can my students practise for the exams?
- AS and A Level Biology A: Which of your suggested practical activities are essential for the exams?
- AS and A Level Biology A: Is there a scheme of work available?
- AS and A Level Biology A: What are the grade boundaries for the practice papers (why did my students do so badly)?

### AS and A Level Biology B (Advancing Biology) - H022, H422

- AS and A Level Biology B: Where can I find resources and support?
- AS and A Level Biology B: Do students need to know how to do chi squared tests (and all the other statistics)?
- AS and A Level Biology B: How can my students practise for the exams?
- AS and A Level Biology B: Which of your suggested practical activities are essential for the exams?
- AS and A Level Biology B: Is there a scheme of work available?
- AS and A Level Biology B: What are the grade boundaries for the practice papers (why did my students do so badly)?

### AS and A Level Chemistry A - H032, H432

- AS and A Level Chemistry: Where can I find resources and support?
- AS and A Level Chemistry A - How can my students practise for the style and content of the AS/A levels?
- AS and A Level Chemistry A: Which of your suggested practical activities are essential for the exams?
- AS and A Level Chemistry A: What are the grade boundaries for the specimen papers/practice papers/end of topic tests?

### AS and A Level Chemistry B (Salters) - H033, H433

- AS and A Level Chemistry: Where can I find resources and support?
- AS and A Level Chemistry B: How can my students practise for the style and content of the AS/A levels?
- AS and A Level Chemistry B: Which of your suggested practical activities are essential for the exams?
- AS and A Level Chemistry B: What are the grade boundaries for the specimen papers/practice papers/end of topic tests?

### AS and A Level Business - H031, H431

- AS and A Level Business: Do students need to show their workings when doing calculations?
- A Level Business: Which topics are assessed in which A Level paper?
- A Level Business: H431: How do I calculate the ratios?
- A Level Business: What format is used for the final accounts?
- AS and A Level Business: Are students expected to be aware of the changing situation regarding the EU and Brexit?

### AS and A Level Classical Civilisation - H008, H408

### AS and A Level Classical Greek - H044, H444

### AS and A Level Design and Technology - H004-H006, H404-H406

- AS and A Level Design and Technology: Can we deliver a specific pathway to our students?
- AS Level Design and Technology: Can we just deliver one set task for the NEA to our students?
- A Level Design and Technology: Do students need to be given a set context to initiate their project?
- AS and A Level Design and Technology: We have quite a few students with particular learning needs, how can I support them with their NEA?
- AS and A Level Design and Technology: Why do OCR refer to ‘users’ and ‘stakeholders’ rather than ‘clients’?
- AS and A Level Design and Technology: How do Technical Specifications link to the plans for making the final prototype(s)?

### AS and A Level Drama and Theatre - H059, H459

- AS and A Level Drama and Theatre: How do I arrange my visit?
- AS and A Level Drama and Theatre: What is the Drama and Theatre Live Theatre Statement?
- AS and A Level Drama and Theatre: Do the practitioners for Practitioners in Practice need to be approved by OCR?
- AS and A Level Drama and Theatre: Are there any restrictions on the production students write about in the A Level performance paper?

### AS and A Level Economics - H060, H460

- AS and A Level Economics: When will the revised specifications be first assessed?
- AS and A Level Economics: What changes have been made to the revised specifications?
- AS and A Level Economics: Is there a bank of questions for the papers in relation to the revised specifications?
- AS and A Level Economics: Can I still use the old textbook for the revised specification?
- AS and A Level Economics: Are marks deducted for spelling and grammar in the A level Economics exam?
- AS and A Level Economics: What guidance should be giving to students regarding the rounding of numbers to decimal places?

### AS and A Level English Language - H070, H470

### AS and A Level English Language and Literature (EMC) - H074, H474

- AS and A Level English Literature and Language: How are the qualifications are co-teachable
- AS and A Level English Language and Literature: Are clean copies of texts required?
- A Level English Language and Literature: What is the non-exam assessment?
- A Level English Language and Literature: What needs to be submitted to OCR for the NEA?

### AS and A Level English Literature - H072, H472

- A Level English Literature: What is the text and task tool?
- A Level English Literature: Will students be penalised for exceeding the NEA word count?
- A Level English Literature: Can I use the set texts in Component 2 for the NEA?
- A Level English Literature: How many poems do students need to write about?
- A Level English Literature: How many stories from The Bloody Chamber do students need to write about?
- A Level English Literature: In the comparative essay questions, what balance of AO3 is required?

### AS and A Level Film Studies - H010, H410

- AS and A Level Film Studies: How are the two mark schemes applied to the screenplay NEA option?
- AS and A Level Film Studies: What do students need to include their evaluations?
- AS and A Level Film Studies: Can students edit the images for their digital stills?
- AS and A Level Film Studies: How should the digital stills be presented?
- AS and A Level Film Studies: For the screenplay option do students need to refer to micro-elements like editing and sound?
- AS and A Level Film Studies: What format should the screenplay be in?

### AS and A Level Geography - H081, H481

- AS and A Level Geography: I am new to OCR where would be the best place for me to get support and the resources I need?
- AS and A Level Geography: Do I need to teach all of the topics in the specification?
- AS and A Level Geography: How much time do I need to spend delivering each topic?
- AS and A Level Geography: What is the structure of the synoptic questions in the exam?
- A Level Geography: For the Human Interactions paper, will there always be the same structure?
- AS and A Level Geography: Where are the topic specific skills?

### AS and A Level Geology - H014, H414

- AS and A Level Geology: Where can I find resources and support?
- AS and A Level Geology: Is there a scheme of work available?
- AS and A Level Geology: Which of your suggested practical activities are essential for the exams?
- AS and A Level Geology: How can my students practise for the style and content of the AS/A level

### AS and A Level History A - H105, H505

- AS and A Level History: Can you put me in touch with other teachers who teach my topics?
- A Level History: How long should students spend on each question in the exams?
- A Level History: How much historiography do my students need to know?
- A Level History: Where can I find more interpretations for my unit 3 depth studies?
- A Level History: Should students answer the unit 3 essay questions thematically or chronologically?
- A Level History: The Unit 3 mark scheme talks about synthesis, what is that?

### AS and A Level Latin - H043, H443

### AS and A Level Law - H015, H415

- AS and A Level Law: Using Active Results to analyse students’ grades
- AS and A Level Law: Common queries about topics no longer in the specification
- A Level Law: Are students still required to know about EU Law?
- A Level Law: Should students include reforms in their answers?
- A Level Law: Citing cases in 25 mark questions
- A Level Law: Keeping criminal and civil substantive law separate

### AS and A Level Mathematics A - H230, H240

- AS and A Level Mathematics: Why does OCR offer two specifications and what is the difference between the OCR A and OCR B (MEI) specifications?
- AS and A Level Mathematics: Is there coursework in A Level Maths or Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Mathematics A: Where can I find resources for A Level Maths?
- AS and A Level Mathematics A: When were the reformed A Level Further Maths specifications first assessed?
- AS and A Level Mathematics A: Does my AS Level grade form part of my A Level grade?
- AS and A Level Mathematics A: Will I be able to teach AS and A Level students together in year 12?

### AS and A Level Further Mathematics A - H235, H245

- AS and A Level Further Mathematics A: When were the reformed A Level/Further Maths specifications first assessed?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics A: Where can I find resources for Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics: Is there coursework in A Level Maths or Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics A: Do I have to study A Level Maths in order to study A Level Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics A: Does my AS Level grade form part of my A Level grade?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics A: Will I be able to teach AS and A Level students together in year 12?

### AS and A Level Mathematics B (MEI) - H630, H640

- AS and A Level Mathematics: Why does OCR offer two specifications and what is the difference between the OCR A and OCR B (MEI) specifications?
- AS and A Level Mathematics B: Where can I find resources for A Level Maths?
- AS and A Level Mathematics: Is there coursework in A Level Maths or Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Mathematics B: What about formulae booklets?
- AS and A Level Mathematics B: What about calculator use?
- AS and A Level Mathematics B: What is the ‘Use of technology’ requirement in A Level Maths and Further Maths?

### AS and A Level Further Mathematics B (MEI) - H635, H645

- AS and A Level Further Mathematics B: Where can I find resources for Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics: Is there coursework in A Level Maths or Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics B: What about formulae booklets?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics B: What about calculator use?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics B: What is the ‘Use of technology’ requirement in A Level Maths and Further Maths?
- AS and A Level Further Mathematics B: How are the different optional routes graded in Further Maths?

### AS and A Level Media Studies - H009, H409

- AS and A Level Media Studies: What counts as an Entertainment Magazine?
- A Level Media Studies: Can students produce more than two pages of their website?
- AS and A Level Media Studies: What should students include in their Statement of Intent?
- AS and A Level Media Studies: Do students need to do research and planning? Is this work assessed?
- AS and A Level Media Studies: Can students work in groups?
- AS and A Level Media Studies: When are the NEA briefs released?

### AS and A Level Music - H143, H543

- AS and A Level Music: Use of technology/sequencing for performance
- AS and A Level Music: How long do compositions and performances need to be?
- AS and A Level Music: Sending work to OCR
- AS and A Level Music: Minimum time and score requirements
- A Level Music: Further information and guidance about the focused study

### AS and A Level Physical Education - H155, H555

- AS and A Level PE: When will the new sports approved by the DfE be available for assessment?
- AS and A Level PE: Can we do a Sport which is not listed in the specification?
- AS and A Level PE: Can candidates be assessed on multiple disciplines in the same sport?
- AS and A Level PE: When should they start the coursework?
- AS and A Level PE: What needs to be in the Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for improvement (EAPI)?
- AS and A Level PE: What filmed evidence do I need?

### AS and A Level Psychology - H167, H567

- AS and A Level Psychology: Do students need to know the strengths and weaknesses of debates?
- AS and A Level Psychology: Textbooks and endorsed resources
- AS and A Level Psychology: Do students have to refer to their own experience when designing an investigation for the research methods paper?
- AS and A Level Psychology: What are the mathematical requirements for standard deviation and variance?
- AS and A Level Psychology: What are the inferential statistics requirements?

### AS and A Level Religious Studies - H173, H573

- AS Level Religious Studies: What resources do OCR have available?
- A Level Religious Studies: What resources do OCR have available?
- A Level Religious Studies: What professional development is available?
- AS and A level Religious Studies: What textbooks are available?
- AS and A Level Religious Studies: Sign up for newsletters and updates

### AS and A Level Sociology - H180, H580

- AS and A Level Sociology: Advice for co-teaching
- AS and A Level Sociology: What type of language might be used in the exams?
- AS and A Level Sociology: Do students need to carry out research projects?
- AS and A Level Sociology: Our textbooks and endorsed resources
- AS and A Level Sociology: Using Active Results to analyse students’ grades