Can you draft and redraft Science in the News tasks?
No. You must submit your original piece of work.
Can you do research in lesson time, and if so can you be given suitable stimulus material by the teacher?
Yes. Research can be done in lesson time. You may be provided with a variety of resource material, e.g. relevant newspaper and magazine articles, CD-ROMs, books, Internet addresses etc.
There should be opportunities for you to choose your sources and not just be given the ones to use.
You may be invited to carry out a survey of people’s views on the question asked. This could provide evidence for data handling.
Can candidates take Science in the News tasks to complete at home?
No. The final report has to be completed in lesson time under controlled conditions i.e. with the supervision of the teacher. The research needed to enable them to complete the report can be done without supervision. You must attach all preliminary work to your final report.
A candidate may bring any of the following into the final supervised session:
• a prepared list of the references they are using to write their report which must be attached as an appendix
• any prepared diagrams, tables, charts or graphs that they have produced when processing data to illustrate points (the original data source should also be submitted to provide evidence that they have manipulated the data in some way)
• articles they want to use when writing their report. Candidates need to be reminded that if they bring in too much material it may hamper the writing of their final report
• any notes they have produced to help them structure their report.
All material prepared in advance must be available as hard copy and it must be attached to the end of the report. Candidates are not allowed to bring in any material in an electronic format for use in the supervised session.
Candidates are expected to be working independently to complete their reports and working in silence
The report should be no longer than 800 words, but in many cases candidates will complete their report using fewer.
It is expected that the supervised session will last about an hour but the time can be extended
(the candidate’s work should be collected in at the end of the first session and handed out again at the start of the second).
When a candidate has finished the Science in the News report, they should hand it in together with all the background notes they brought into the supervised session attached to the back of their final report, together with the original Science in the News stimulus.
Candidates must not take copies of their final report, either as hard copy or in electronic format, from the supervised session.