There are changes to these qualifications based on the outcomes of the Ofqual consultation on NEA arrangements for summer 2022. The changes are designed to reduce the pressure on teachers and students in the 2021/22 academic year, and to safeguard against ongoing public health concerns.
Please read this information alongside the specification. Ofqual have confirmed that students taking A Level Geography in summer 2022 will:
Centres do not need to sign a fieldwork statement confirming that fieldwork has taken place over at least four days and in relation to processes in both physical and human geography.
Students must still complete all four components to be awarded an A Level in Geography in summer 2022. There are no changes to the specification content (topics to be delivered) or the geographical and fieldwork skills for assessment in 2022.
To prepare students for their non-exam assessment there is more flexibility regarding fieldwork which can be conducted ‘in the field’ or virtually (classroom-based). In the field’ could include the local area (to the centre or students’ homes) and the school grounds.
Data collection can take place by virtual/remote means, i.e. from the student’s own home (e.g. online interview, poster in a shop window, QR code to access a questionnaire). We have defined virtual fieldwork as ‘an opportunity to collect data remotely without directly visiting that particular place’. Students can support their primary data collection by using unmanipulated (raw) data. We would not expect this to be the only data used by the student. Further details on primary data collection, support and resources can be found in our support highlights document.
We have worked with the other exam boards to update our joint guidance on carrying out fieldwork and NEA in 2022: A Level Geography support and guidance for submission 2022.
Please read this information alongside the specification. Ofqual have confirmed that students taking AS Level Geography in summer 2022:
To prepare students for the unfamiliar fieldwork questions, teachers should still provide students with the opportunity to engage with the fieldwork skills and fieldwork wherever possible, whether in the field or through virtual fieldwork (classroom-based). In the field could include the school grounds and local area (to the school or student’s homes).
OCR’s team of expert subject advisors has created videos, webinars, and other resources to guide you through these changes and help you prepare your students for their exams in summer 2022.
You can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @OCR_Geography or call on 01223 553998.