Step-By-Step Preparation Guide to the GCSE OCR Controlled Assessments (ZigZag Education)

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Step-By-Step Preparation Guide to the GCSE OCR Controlled Assessments

'Designed to help students and teachers understand what they need to do investigation by investigation in order to boost controlled assessment grades.'

  • 2014: Step-by-Step Preparation Guides to Task A (Stuart's Paintballing Centre) and Task B (Bethan's Pet-Grooming Business)
  • 2015: Step-by-Step Preparation Guides to Task A (Asma's daycare) and Task B (Joe's computer repairs)

Step-by-step structured tasks and questions cover every element of the Task B stimulus material - your students won't miss a thing! The progressive structure supports weaker students. Extension questions stretch and challenge the more able.

  • Scheme of work carefully structured to keep students on track
  • New 2015: Detailed teaching PowerPoints guide students through the research
  • Carefully selected tasks designed so that all AOs are covered
  • Written by an experienced teacher and examiner


  • Hints and tips on how and where to research
  • Example questionnaire and practice spreadsheet task
  • 'How to write a report' section

Praise for 2011 Task B Edition

‘The structured questioning is thorough and enables students to provide a detailed response... provides students with a logical approach of how to tackle the controlled assignment. If students follow [this guide], I am confident that the majority would achieve a high grade.’
Ann Bennett, Head of Business Studies & Independent Reviewer

‘It provides a user friendly guide to the controlled assessment, would aid students to feel confident with this independent task... Simple use of language, easy to follow structure & layout... matches the specification well.’
Susie O'Connor, Head of Business Education & Independent Reviewer

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