A Level Science Practical Endorsement
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A Level Biology, Chemistry & Physics Science Practical Endorsement
Please find detailed below our Spring 2021 dates for the A Level Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC’s), commonly referred to as the Science practical’s endorsement.
‘8 TO DO AND 4 TO VIEW’ – Changes to Science Practicals (CPACs) for academic year 2020/21
The Examination Boards are allowing a number of CPAC laboratory experiments to be completed by viewing filmed demos, thereby allowing us to reduce the number of days candidates spend in the laboratory.
Our revised CPAC sessions consistently and routinely meet the CPAC criteria of each strand independently and all apparatus and techniques are covered in these sessions.
We are members of CLEAPSS and have followed their planning guidance to enable us to deliver your CPAC sessions.
Each CPAC group will be considered as a ‘bubble’ as attendees will not be interacting with other students at the venue.
Please be aware that your tutor will observe the recommended 2 metres distancing where possible and will wear full PPE.
Tutors and Exams will deliver CPACs at two venues in 2021, our dedicated laboratory in Birmingham and our ‘partner’ school venue in London. Please click on link for new CPAC dates by venue/subjects below:
|Location||Subject||CPAC Code *||Weekly CPAC Dates||Lab Dates||Write up ‘Learning Outcome’ Deadline||Availability?|
|Birmingham Laboratory||Biology||BBIO4||1st – 5th February||3rd & 4th Feb||19th February||Full|
|BBIO5||15th – 19th February||17th & 18th Feb||5th March||Full|
|BBIO2||1st – 5th March||3rd & 4th Mar||19th March||Full|
|BBIO6||26th – 30th April||28th & 29th Apr||14th May||Very Limited Space|
|Chemistry||BCHE4||8th – 12th February||10th & 11th Feb||26th February||Full|
|BCHE5||22nd – 26th February||24th & 25th Feb||9th April||Full|
|BCHE2||8th – 12th March||10th & 11th Mar||26th March||Very Limited Space|
|BCHE3||19th – 23rd April||21st & 22nd Apr||7th May||Full|
|Physics||BPHY2||15th – 19th March||17th & 18th Mar||2nd April||Very Limited Space|
|Physics||BPHY4||8th – 12th February||10th & 11th Feb||26th February||Full|
|Physics||BPHY5||22nd – 26th February||24th & 25th Feb||9th April||Full|
|Physics||BPHY3||19th – 23rd April||21st & 22nd Apr||7th May||Full|
|London Laboratory||Biology||LBIO1||5th – 9th April||7th & 8th Apr||23rd April||Very Limited Space|
|Chemistry||LCHE1||15th – 19th February||17th & 18th Feb||5th March||Full|
|Physics||LPHY1||12th – 16th April||14th & 15th Apr||30th April||Full|
|Biology||LBIO2||12th – 16th April||14th & 15th Apr||30th April||Full|
*Please select code when completing online application form
The revised CPAC format requires students to view four experiment videos at home, prior to attending a two-day laboratory session where they complete eight experiments over two days.
Revised Weekly CPAC Itinerary (8 to do and 4 to view) – full programme to be emailed to you before the end of December 2020. For details please see link below:
Thereafter, students will have two weeks to complete their ‘learning outcomes’ electronically, liaising with the tutor where appropriate
The maximum number of candidates allowed per session is 14 (to comply with COVID requirements).
The cost of each science practical is £925 per subject.
The laboratory is located near the Bordesley train station and a short distance from Birmingham city centre, boasting superb transport links and car parking.
Arrival time: Arrival time 9:00 for Start time 9:30 and Approximate finish 16:30
The Muath Trust, The Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, Birmingham B11 1AR
Our London laboratory, based in Mitcham (London), is approximately three miles from our Wimbledon examination centre.
Arrival Time: Arrival time 8:30 for Start time 9:00 and Approximate finish 16:00
Norbury railway station, served by Southern trains, and Mitcham Eastfields railway station, served by Thameslink, are both within one-mile walking distance of our London lab.
Harris Academy Merton, Wide Way, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 1BP
How to Book
To register for our CPAC’s you will need to complete our application form and return it along with photo ID (a recent passport size/style photo will suffice). To secure your place, a non-refundable minimum deposit payment of £250 is required.
Once your application has been received, we will raise an invoice which can be paid by bank transfer, cash, or card payment. Please state at the time of returning the application form your intended payment method. We can send you a link to pay if required. Please note we do not accept cheques. Please ensure that you check your spam folders and add @tutorsandexams.uk to your safe senders list.
We look forward to seeing you in our laboratories and have introduced additional measures in response to COVID – 19 which we keep under constant review in order to keep our staff, you our candidates and the wider community safe at this time.
As you would expect, our laboratories maintain high clinical control standards so you will see little change there. However, currently any communal areas are closed, and you will need to be wearing a face mask outside of the laboratory. There is no food or drink provided so please ensure you bring sufficient to see you through the day.
Wear warm clothes, lots of layers, we will have some windows open to maximise the ventilation in the room which is a key factor in minimising the risk of infection.
Bring your own lab coat if you want, this is not classed as PPE equipment and must not be shared with other candidates.
Bring your own laptop – electronic work.
We will not be conducting any respiratory experiments during these sessions.
We have booked a separate room for everyone to store their bags and eat their lunch to keep you safe and separate from other people in the building.
We will provide:
- Protective eyewear for your sole use each day that will be sterilised overnight ready for the next day
- Plastic aprons.
- Face masks are not compulsory, but we will still provide them.
- Non-alcoholic antibacterial hand sanitiser and wipes, please do not bring your own (alcoholic hand gel is flammable and could ignite whilst using the Bunsen burners).
- Nitrile gloves.
Please be aware that your tutor will stay 2 metres away from students where possible and will wear full PPE.