CPAC Pen Portraits - Geology

Chae Cruickshank
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A series of pen portraits have been written to clarify what is meant by 'not achieved', 'achieved' and ‘achieved' at a level of competence exceeding the CPAC standard. These exemplars have been developed in collaboration between the two Awarding Bodies offering A level Geology: Eduqas and OCR. They are intended for guidance and training purposes, and to give an indication of the standard necessary for each CPAC statement. Note that, although these pen portraits show (in the most part) CPAC skills in isolation, many practical exercises are likely to involve CPAC strands being assessed in combination.

The Geology Practical Skills Handbook provides detailed descriptions and advice of what "regularly and consistently demonstrates competence" in the CPAC criteria and required apparatus and techniques for Geology looks like. Please refer to Appendix 3 Guidance on practical skills for further guidance on assessing competence in specific CPAC criteria. Modules 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 of the A Level specification break down the five CPAC criteria into individual elements to allow teachers to more easily identify student competence. A student that has demonstrated competence in every Learning Outcome in modules 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 has by definition demonstrated competence in every element of the CPAC criteria.