A questionnaire is a set of questions on a given topic that can be filled in by an interviewer [interviewer: the person conducting the survey ] or by the person being asked the questions. A questionnaire is best used to collect information that is not available elsewhere as a secondary resource.
Before writing your questionnaire, make sure you know what you want to find out.
Come up with a hypothesis - a prediction of what you think the survey will show. After completing the survey, look at the results to see if they agree with your original hypothesis [hypothesis: an assumption one might make which can be tested by further investigation ].
Here are some examples of a questionnaire hypothesis:
- everybody under 20 years old owns a mobile phone
- only young people watch digital TV
- only 5 per cent of households recycle rubbish
You also need to know how the survey results will help you. There's no point in collecting vast amounts of information if it's not relevant to your aim.
The best use of a questionnaire is to collect information that is not available elsewhere as a secondary resource. This could be:
- people's views and opinions
- statistics about a very specific subject that hasn't already been researched, eg the number of homes in your street with digital TV or the number of students in your school who own mp3 players
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This page provides teachers and students with information regarding controlled assessments for: GCSE Business Studies Units 3 and 14; GCSE Applied Business Units 4,5 and 6 and GCSE Business and Communication Systems Unit 10.
Internally-assessed mark submission is changing from Summer 2016
We are delighted to announce e-Submissions (e-Subs), a new web-based system for submitting both centre and moderator marks for controlled assessment.
The new online system will offer schools and colleges a more efficient way to submit controlled assessment marks or grades and save you time.
As a teacher you can submit marks yourself, you just need an e-AQA login and the required access provided by your Exams Officer.
For further information and online tutorials go to e-Submissions
Submitting controlled assessments
If you have 20 or fewer students entered for a unit you will need to send all controlled assessments to your moderator. Should you have 21 or more students entered for a unit your moderator will request a sample selection which you will then be required to send to them.
Your controlled assessment work will be returned to you in due course.
You will also receive a feedback form completed by your moderator detailing the outcome of your moderation. This will be sent to you by AQA.
Business and Communication Systems controlled assessment FAQs
A list of answers to some frequently asked questions relating to the GCSE Business and Communication Systems controlled assessment task can now be found on the secure area of our website, e-AQA.
Controlled Assessment advisers
Each school or college is allocated a controlled assessment adviser. You can find out who your adviser is and their details by contacting the Business Studies subject team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Your adviser is available to assist you with any content queries that you may have, for example, the suitability of a task or what may be expected from students when completing their controlled assessment. If your query concerns the supporting administration, for example, deadline dates or submitting marks, please contact the subject team on the email address shown above.
Online standardisation for the marking of the controlled assessment is available through the Teacher Online Standardisation System (T-OLS) which can be accessed through the secure area of the AQA website e-AQA.
Online standardisation is necessary in order to ensure that all schools and colleges are marking the controlled assessment in line with AQA's standards.
Release and deadline dates
The controlled assessment research task for GCSE Business Studies Units 3 and 14 is released on e-AQA on 1 September for submission in the second summer after its release. For example, the task released on 1 September 2015 is for submission by students in the summer of 2017. The front page of each task details which year it will need to be submitted.
The controlled assessment research task for GCSE Business and Communication Systems Unit 10 is released on e-AQA on 31 January each year for submission in the summer of the following year. For example, the task released on 31 January 2016 is for submission by students in the summer of 2017. The front page of each task details which year it will need to be submitted.
Students will be required to submit the controlled assessment scenario that is due for submission in the series in which they certificate.
The research tasks for Applied Business Units 4, 5 and 6 are outlined within the specification and will remain the same for the life of the specification. The deadline for the submission of marks for each controlled assessment unit detailed above is 7 May each year.
Exemplar materials and marking
Exemplar materials and other resources to help teachers prepare students for controlled assessment are available on T-OLS. Here you can mark pieces of exemplar work, compare your mark to that of the principal moderator, and read the rationale behind their mark. These are available throughout the year and are updated annually.
Additional exemplar materials and resources are also available on the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA.
General assessment criteria grids for marking all controlled assessments are available in the specification.
Task specific grids are available for GCSE Business Studies Units 3 and 14 and GCSE Business and Communication Systems Unit 10, on the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA. These grids are released to coincide with each new task.
Predicting your students' grades is easy with the uniform mark scale (UMS) converter, an online tool for converting marks from exams taken in different exam sessions.
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