Shrewsbury Colleges Group has released information for parents of Year 1 A Level students.
This information is for parents of Year 1 A Level students ONLY.
Year 1 Assessment Week
We have planned for the first set of formal exam assessments to be held after Easter beginning from the afternoon of Monday 24 April until Friday 28 April.
There will be a second set of mock exams after another two terms of study (January of year 2) followed by the final A Level exams in May/June of Year 2. There will of course be other tests during the course set by the different subjects your son/daughter studies, but these ‘mock’ exam periods will use the exam suite at English Bridge Campus. These exams will be conducted in the same way as real exams to get your son/daughter used to the surroundings and systems. It also helps them to consolidate and revise their work in sensible chunks as they complete their courses.
These first-year exams will form part of the assessment evidence for teachers to use when deciding on predicted grades for UCAS, but they are not the only predictor. The exams need to be taken seriously and need to prepare for thoroughly but please do not panic if they don’t go as well as hoped for; there will be plenty of time for us to work with your son/daughter in helping them to make improvements if needed.
Please note that there is no study leave for this first period of assessments in Year 1 – students should attend lessons as normal, unless their lesson clashes with an exam, in which case they should attend the exam and then return to lessons when their exam has finished.
- There will be an exam in every A Level subject except for Art/Graphics/Photography/Textiles since these subjects are assessed by final portfolios rather than exams.
- There will be a mock exam for CTEC Health & Social Care students in preparation for their external assessment in May.
- There will be no internal exams for CTEC Applied Science or CTEC Business at this time.
- All exams will take place at English Bridge Campus – if your son/daughter doesn’t know their way around, then please don’t worry – there will be staff on hand who can help to direct them.
- Morning exams start at 9:00 and afternoon exams start at 1:30. Students should arrive at least 10 minutes before this time as they will be called into the exam room before the start to be seated.
- Students are responsible for bringing their own equipment (black pens/pencils/calculators & rulers if needed / headphones for listening exams to plug into the computers).
- Students will need to have ID with them, so please remember their lanyard and ID card.
- Please bring minimal luggage since students won’t be able to take bags into the exam rooms.
- Individual exam timetables will be available to download from ProPortal from Tuesday 28 March – students need to print a copy and bring it to each exam with them. Note that the exam rooms all start with a letter W for Wakeman Hall – which is at English Bridge Campus.
- Instructions for downloading their timetable from ProPortal will be explained in tutorial sessions at the start of next term – the instructions will also be posted on the Year 1 tutorial teams page and are available on the moodle exams page.
If students have any queries about the content or format of the exams, then please discuss these with their teachers.