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    http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/quals..._statement.pdf

    Official response from OCR with regards to the F215 examination.
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    ?"This team checks that all aspects are clearly on the specification, and that the content is appropriate" *cough* hedgehog ethics *cough* behaviour examples *cough* nearly complete absense of module one two and four.
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    OCR RESPONSE http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/quals..._statement.pdf


    June 2011 series: F215 (Control, Genomes and Environment)
    In response to a number of e-mails commenting on this examination paper, we are sorry to read the concerns expressed and wish to assure candidates and their
    teachers that OCR continually monitors all aspects of the assessment in the light of feedback and student experience.

    A number of the issues raised concerned the overall balance of content in the paper, with a perceived over-emphasis on ecology. We wish to point out that in some of the
    questions an ecological context was used purely as a vehicle to test skills in handling, interpreting and evaluating data, to fulfil the significant amount of testing of
    Assessment Objective 2 (Application of Knowledge and Understanding) and Assessment Objective 3 (How Science Works) which are required in the A2 papers.
    This was the case in a number of sections in questions 4 and 7.

    Both A2 units contain some questions which are set to provide an element of stretch and challenge for the candidates, to provide the necessary demand to enable A*
    grades to be awarded. By definition therefore, some candidates may well find aspects of this assessment harder than expected. As with all our assessments, a committee of subject specialist senior assessors, and the Chair of Examiners, are responsible for the setting of the question paper. This team checks that all aspects are clearly on the specification, and that the content is appropriate. This F215 paper assesses learning outcomes from all modules of this unit; however, candidates are also required to use knowledge from the AS specification in a synoptic manner, as is the case in all the A2 units.

    We wish to assure you that all feedback received on any examination is considered both at the Standardisation meeting, where the mark scheme is finalised, and at the
    Awarding Meeting, where grade boundaries are set. If any issue is found to have adversely affected the candidates, grade boundaries will be set so as to ensure that
    no candidates are disadvantaged. OCR is in no way complacent in regard to this matter and will act appropriately on feedback received in regard to this and future
    GCE Biology assessments.

    Gwen Low
    Chair of Examiners
    OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations)
    Standards
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    Statement: June 2011 series: F215 (Control, Genomes and Environment)
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    This exam has positively f*****d me up. I need 100 UMS to get an A and I'm really worried I won't get it. Seeing the paper again is like reliving the nightmare.
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    (Original post by intellectual1)
    I am strongly considering A2 Further Maths, at least then Biology would seem less relevant...

    F214 probably will involve the Calvin Cycle and Krebs Cycle - big question....
    How are you considering A2 further, are you not in uppersixth already?
    and Oo Im doing that exam, In jan I concentrated so much on photosynthesis and left respiration completely :/, I guess you must expect the worst and hope for the best....
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    (Original post by Medifield)
    sent an email to OCR. If you wish to continue complain, don't unless you have expressed the issues in the paper by email to them. We on here cannot do anything to help you
    email ofqual/bbc as emailing OCR will do nothing to help anyone.....

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10725415


    [email protected]
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    (Original post by fortunecookie)
    OCR RESPONSE http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/quals..._statement.pdf


    June 2011 series: F215 (Control, Genomes and Environment)
    In response to a number of e-mails commenting on this examination paper, we are sorry to read the concerns expressed and wish to assure candidates and their
    teachers that OCR continually monitors all aspects of the assessment in the light of feedback and student experience.

    A number of the issues raised concerned the overall balance of content in the paper, with a perceived over-emphasis on ecology. We wish to point out that in some of the
    questions an ecological context was used purely as a vehicle to test skills in handling, interpreting and evaluating data, to fulfil the significant amount of testing of
    Assessment Objective 2 (Application of Knowledge and Understanding) and Assessment Objective 3 (How Science Works) which are required in the A2 papers.
    This was the case in a number of sections in questions 4 and 7.

    Both A2 units contain some questions which are set to provide an element of stretch and challenge for the candidates, to provide the necessary demand to enable A*
    grades to be awarded. By definition therefore, some candidates may well find aspects of this assessment harder than expected. As with all our assessments, a committee of subject specialist senior assessors, and the Chair of Examiners, are responsible for the setting of the question paper. This team checks that all aspects are clearly on the specification, and that the content is appropriate. This F215 paper assesses learning outcomes from all modules of this unit; however, candidates are also required to use knowledge from the AS specification in a synoptic manner, as is the case in all the A2 units.

    We wish to assure you that all feedback received on any examination is considered both at the Standardisation meeting, where the mark scheme is finalised, and at the
    Awarding Meeting, where grade boundaries are set. If any issue is found to have adversely affected the candidates, grade boundaries will be set so as to ensure that
    no candidates are disadvantaged. OCR is in no way complacent in regard to this matter and will act appropriately on feedback received in regard to this and future
    GCE Biology assessments.

    Gwen Low
    Chair of Examiners
    OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations)
    Standards
    What were questions 4 and 5 again?
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    (Original post by mortysteve)
    Yes.
    Mate I meant that on the diagram which had codes and blank boxes underneath, which purportedly were linked.
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    (Original post by Arab_Empress)
    What were questions 4 and 5 again?
    Do you mean 4 and 7?

    4 was the waders/hedgehogs question.
    5 was the DNA one.
    7 was the ladybirds.
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    I've heard OFCOM is getting involved due to the number of people that complained.
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    I've heard OFSTED is getting involved due to the number of people that complained.
    Oh really? Who did you hear that from?
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    Can someone put up a template letter to write to the BBC please?
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    (Original post by lola1993)
    Oh really? Who did you hear that from?
    My friend, it was apparently on the news.
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    Where? Which channel/News Paper?
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    (Original post by fortunecookie)
    OCR RESPONSE http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/quals..._statement.pdf


    June 2011 series: F215 (Control, Genomes and Environment)
    In response to a number of e-mails commenting on this examination paper, we are sorry to read the concerns expressed and wish to assure candidates and their
    teachers that OCR continually monitors all aspects of the assessment in the light of feedback and student experience.

    A number of the issues raised concerned the overall balance of content in the paper, with a perceived over-emphasis on ecology. We wish to point out that in some of the
    questions an ecological context was used purely as a vehicle to test skills in handling, interpreting and evaluating data, to fulfil the significant amount of testing of
    Assessment Objective 2 (Application of Knowledge and Understanding) and Assessment Objective 3 (How Science Works) which are required in the A2 papers.
    This was the case in a number of sections in questions 4 and 7.

    Both A2 units contain some questions which are set to provide an element of stretch and challenge for the candidates, to provide the necessary demand to enable A*
    grades to be awarded. By definition therefore, some candidates may well find aspects of this assessment harder than expected. As with all our assessments, a committee of subject specialist senior assessors, and the Chair of Examiners, are responsible for the setting of the question paper. This team checks that all aspects are clearly on the specification, and that the content is appropriate. This F215 paper assesses learning outcomes from all modules of this unit; however, candidates are also required to use knowledge from the AS specification in a synoptic manner, as is the case in all the A2 units.

    We wish to assure you that all feedback received on any examination is considered both at the Standardisation meeting, where the mark scheme is finalised, and at the
    Awarding Meeting, where grade boundaries are set. If any issue is found to have adversely affected the candidates, grade boundaries will be set so as to ensure that
    no candidates are disadvantaged. OCR is in no way complacent in regard to this matter and will act appropriately on feedback received in regard to this and future
    GCE Biology assessments.


    Gwen Low
    Chair of Examiners
    OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations)
    Standards
    how will that help us.(unless we are force to resit).
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    post the facebook link on to other threads on here ones that are unrelated to biology, to people that do other subjects im sure fellow students would support the unfairness of the exam
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    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Studen...25705074124228

    already 3687 members
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    I no post it on other threads e.g physics maths chemistry
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    Right, we know his name now! Glen Low, lets bring Mr Low down to a knew level *Mwhahaha*

    Damn you ya Welsh boyo!
 
 
 
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