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General Certificate of Secondary Education 2011
Learning for Life and Work (Modular) Unit 4
MONDAY 9 MAY, MORNING
General Marking Instructions Introduction Mark schemes are intended to ensure that the GCSE examinations are marked consistently and fairly. The mark schemes provide markers with an indication of the nature and range of candidates’ responses likely to be worthy of credit. They also set out the criteria that they should apply in allocating marks to the candidates’ responses. The mark schemes should be read in conjunction with these general marking instructions. Assessment objectives Below are the assessment objectives (AO) for GCSE Learning for Life and Work. Candidates must: • demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Learning for Life and Work (AO1); • apply their knowledge and understanding of Learning for Life and Work (AO2); and • investigate, analyse, select, present and evaluate information related to Learning for Life and Work (AO3). Quality of candidates’ responses In marking the examination papers, examiners should be looking for a quality response reflecting the level of maturity which may reasonably be expected of a 16-year-old which is the age at which the majority of candidates sit their GCSE examinations. Flexibility in marking Mark schemes are not intended to be totally prescriptive. No mark scheme can cover all the responses which candidates may produce. In the event of unanticipated answers, examiners are expected to use their professional judgement to assess the validity of answers. If an answer is particularly problematic, then examiners should seek the guidance of the Supervising Examiner. Positive marking Examiners are encouraged to be positive in their markings giving appropriate credit for what candidates know, understand and can do rather than...