Go to the AQA website and download the coursework mark-scheme; then 'tick the boxes'. It ereally isa s simple as that.
Sadly, there is a second hurdle to overcome - namely, that of your teacher. Nowhere in the mark-scheme does it say ANY section has to be 'perfect' or even 'nearly perfect'. Yet many teacher s refuse to award full marks because they think it (ie one small section) could have been better.
My students rarely, if ever, got BELOW 26/30, with roughly 20% getting 30, 30% getting 29, 30% getting 28 and 15% getting 26/27.
Only those who refused to listen got below that.
I also obeyed the rules STRICTLY - students handed in work and I wrote comments on 'post-it stickers or a header sheet; they would then go away and correct/improve the work before handing it in to be marked.
The rules state 'teachers may not mark the work and then allow students to make improvements'.
I didn't break the rules; nothing was written ON THE STUDENTS' WORK - just on a cover-sheet
The student did not ask me to MARK it until the final submission.
Two other points I found helpful - have a looka t a top quality script from previous year/s so taht you can se what gets marks and wher marks are lost
Get a fellow-student to look CLOSELY through the script and correct/indicate any places where what you have written is not ABSOLUTELY clear.
Finally, check and recheck that you have ONLY used SI units
(no mins + secs - secs ONLY;
not ml - always cm3;
'g' not 'gms'
Table column headings have units, individual rows/numbers do not
Hope that helps a little - it's a pity that some teachers seem top believe in a 'macho' approach rather than to get the highest possible mark for their students. The ideal Moderator's report says 'the marks were generally rather generous, but within tolerances, so were passed.
Tolerances, incidentally, means +/- 3, so if the examiner thought you were worth 30/30, but your teacher gave you 27, 28 or 29/30, then NO CORRECTION WILL BE MADE.
And 3/30 is one heck of a lot of UMS points.
My own feeling is that the tolrance should be +/= 2 marks, with a blanket correction applied if a whole sample is generally more than 1 mark away from the moderator's standards (ie they are ALL a bit too high or low, as opposed to a single script).
The final point is whether your school/college takes internal moderation seriously - we did not, so one colleague's students were invariably punished because of her marking, whilst another had favourites who gained higher marks compared to others in teh same set.
Grossly unfair? Yes, and I hope not replicated elsewhere.