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:
The following information refers to Component 01 only:
We have introduced three sections in the question paper to clarify where optionality is in the assessment:
Section C: Fieldwork
The following information refers to Component 02 only:
We will still have two sections in this paper.
Section B: Fieldwork
There will be no changes to Component 03.
For GCSE geography B in Component 03, the questions will not draw content from the optional topics. If students choose to include information in their answers from the optional topics(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 topic information and they would still be able to take this approach and be credited for it.
There will be three marks associated to SPaG in each of the three components’ assessments. This equates to nine marks across the qualification.
In Components 01 and 02, questions related to student’s own fieldwork experience have been removed. This equates to 15 marks.
In Component 01 there are two mandatory and three optional topics. The question paper will have three sections. Assessment time, total mark and the component weighting has changed (see table above).
In Component 02 there are three mandatory topics. Resource reliance topic has moved to component 01. Assessment time, total mark and the component weighting has changed (see table above).
In Component 03 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, this includes the following topics: (1) Global hazards or (4) Sustaining ecosystems or (8) Resource reliance.
Teachers would therefore teach six out of the existing eight topics, picking one of the topics to deliver from the three optional (1 or 4 or 8) ones. Teachers would therefore not teach the other two topics.
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