Following the Ofqual/DfE consultations, the adjustments for GCSE Geography (optionality), along with the changes to NEA and fieldwork announced in June, are designed to mitigate the impacts of the disruption that students have faced during the pandemic without undermining the value of their qualifications and their ability to progress successfully to further study. Please read this information alongside the specification.
Ofqual have confirmed that students taking geography in summer 2022:
We have produced updated sample assessment material to show how the assessment will look in 2022.
We encourage centres to engage with fieldwork activities ‘in the field’ wherever possible. ‘In the field’ could include in the school grounds and local area (to the school or student’s homes). Virtual fieldwork could be used to support the enquiry process and development of fieldwork skills.
Further information and support can be found on our website.
Students must complete all three assessments to be awarded a GCSE in Geography in summer 2022.
The table above indicates any changes, and these are explained here:
There will be no change to Component 01
The following information refers to Component 02 only:
We have introduced two sections in the question paper to clarify where optionality is in the assessment:
The following information refers to Component 03 only:
There will be three marks associated to SPaG in each of the three components’ assessments. This equates to nine marks across the qualification.
For GCSE geography A in Component 03, the questions will not draw content from the optional themes. If students choose to include information in their answers from the optional theme(s), then they would be credited for this, if it’s relevant to the question. The nature of the component means that students can and do include a wide variety of theme information and they would still be able to take this approach and be credited for it.
In component 01 the component weighting has changed (see table above).
In component 02 there are two sections to indicate the mandatory and optional themes. Assessment time, total mark and the component weighting has changed (see table above).
In Component 03 section B, questions related to student’s own fieldwork experience have been removed. This equates to 15 marks. Assessment time, total mark and the component weighting has changed (see table above).
Centres do not need to sign a Fieldwork statement confirming that fieldwork has taken place on at least two occasions (as per the specification).
We encourage centres to engage with fieldwork activities ‘in the field’ wherever possible. ‘In the field’ could include the school grounds and local area (to the school or student’s home). Virtual fieldwork could be used to support the enquiry process and development of fieldwork skills.
There will be optionality of content in the summer 2022 exams, and this will include the following themes: (2.1) Ecosystems of the planet or (2.3) Environmental threats to the planet.
Teachers would therefore teach five out of the existing six themes, picking one of the themes to deliver from the two optional (2.1 or 2.3) ones. Teachers would therefore not teach the other optional theme.
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