Controlled assessment was introduced as part of nearly all GCSEs, to replace coursework.
High, medium or low levels of control are set for each of the controlled assessment stages – task setting, task taking and task marking. For each stage, the level of control will ensure reliability and authenticity, and make assessments more manageable for students.
Weighting of controlled assessments is defined by Ofqual subject criteria and, depending on the subject, will be 25% or 60%. Controlled assessment tasks will be reviewed on a regular basis, so please check that you are using the correct task for the year that the entry is made.
See sections 8 and 9 of the JCQ instructions for more information on submitting a controlled assessment unit.
Specifications with 25% controlled assessment
This group of subjects normally have just one controlled assessment unit or component, which will be moderated and awarded as a single entity. There may be a recommended word count or equivalent for some subjects.
Specifications with 60% controlled assessment
This group of subjects include those that are more practical or creative. They may have one, two or three controlled assessment units or components which will be moderated and awarded separately. For these tasks there will be recommended time limits rather than word limits.