The number one Private Exam Centre for A Level Biology, Chemistry & Physics Science Practical Endorsement
A Level Biology, Chemistry & Physics Science Practical Endorsement
We are delighted to announce our Spring 2024 dates for the A Level Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC’s), commonly referred to as the Science Practicals endorsement.
We have been approved by the JCQ to carry out the 12 Science Practical’s for the A Level CPAC’s (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) for the following Awarding Organisations – Pearson, OCR, Eduqas and AQA.
We know it works, the lead monitor for the JCQ’s A Level Science Practicals commented:
“Thank you very much for letting me visit the centre and observe a practical activity. I was very impressed with your understanding and implementation of the practical endorsement.”
Examination boards state that candidates are expected to have completed 12 practicals for the practical endorsement in addition to the three written examination papers. The practical’s do not count towards the final grade but the content of paper 3 is based on them. We are offering three full practical days, preceded by a compulsory lab experience day.
The lab familiarisation, held on Day 1 is primarily for candidates to learn how to handle equipment safely and to know what is expected from them. It will also provide an ideal opportunity to speak to the teachers and learn about the requirements of CPAC. Day 1 will also include the first practical. Day 2 will cover three practicals and Days 3 & 4 will cover four practicals each.
Class sizes will be limited to ensure a positive CPAC experience. Please be aware that at least 15% of the marks for an A-level Science qualification require the assessment of practical skills. Consequently, we ask that candidates who wish to attend CPAC sessions should be adequately prepared for the intensity of the workload required to meet the stipulated expectations of the Awarding Organisations. Each candidate is expected to keep an appropriate record of their practical work, including their assessed practical activities, and show that they can apply the knowledge already embedded from completing the necessary work required in the course specifications. Candidates should be aware that work outside of the four CPAC sessions will also be required.
Tutors & Exams will deliver CPACs at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, Harrow School and South Bank UTC in London, Bolton School in Bolton and King’s College, Taunton . Please click on link for CPAC dates by venue/subject below:
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). Your place will only be assigned once full payment is received.
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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 will continue to follow additional H&S 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.
As you would expect, our laboratories maintain high clinical control standards so you will see little change there. There is no food or drink provided so please ensure you bring sufficient to see you through the day. (Please see Harrow School link for alternative arrangements if booking there where you can’t bring your own food, however, you will receive a three course hot meal at lunchtime).
Tutors & Exams will accept CPAC endorsements, delivered via a 3rd party, providing said 3rd party is a JCQ Approved Centre with a National Centre Number. No exceptions will be permitted. Where a candidate is submitting CPAC evidence from a 3rd party, for certificate endorsement, Tutors & Exams will levy a fee, per subject, for doing so as detailed in our Fees List
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.
Bring your own pencil case with stationery.
If you are bringing your own antibacterial hand sanitiser/wipes, please ensure it is non-alcoholic (alcoholic hand gel is flammable and could ignite whilst using the Bunsen burners).
We will provide:
- Protective eyewear
- Nitrile gloves
- Lab books and basic stationery i.e.; graph paper and tracing paper