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Compare the draft GCSE geography specifications

by Dan Buzzo on April 21, 2015

Comparison of New Geography GCSE Specs (First Teaching September 2016 / Examinations 2018)

AQA

Edexcel A

Edexcel B

Eduqas (WJEC) A

Eduquas (WJEC) B

OCR A

OCR B

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

Section A: Challenge of Natural Hazards

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Weather and Climate

Section B: Physical Landscapes in the UK -2 of 3 from:

  • Coast
  • Rivers
  • Glacial

Section C: Living World

  • Ecosystems and Tropical Rainforest
  • Hot Deserts OR Cold Environments

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Changing Economic World
  • Resource Management (with focus on Food or Water or Energy)

Paper 3: Geographical Application (1 hour / 30%)

  • Issue Evaluation (from pre-release)
  • Fieldwork (human and physical including interaction)

 

Paper 1: Physical Environment (1 hour 30 min / 37.5%)

Section A: The Changing landscapes of the UK (2 of 3 from) :

  • Coasts
  • Rivers
  • Glaciers

Section B: Weather Hazards and Climate Change

Section C: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

Paper 2: Human Environment (1 hour 30 min / 37.5%)

  • Changing Cities
  • Global Development
  • Resource Management

(With either energy or water resource management).

Paper 3: Geographical Investigation Fieldwork and UK Challenges [1 hour 15 min / 25%)

  • Rivers or Coasts Fieldwork
  • Central/Inner Urban or Rural Settlement Fieldwork
  • UK Challenges Questions

Paper 1: Global Geographical Issues (1 hour 30 minutes / 37.5%)

Topic 1: Hazardous Earth

  • Climatic Hazards
  • Tectonic Hazards

Topic 2: Development Dynamics

Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world.

Paper 2: UK Geographical Issues (1 hour 30 minutes 37.5%)

  • Physical Landscape of the UK
  • Coastal Change
  • River Processes and Pressures
  • UK’s Evolving Human Landscape
  • Fieldwork Questions(1 Coast/Rivers and 1 urban)

Paper 3: People and Environment Issues – Making Decisions (1 hour / 25%)

  • People and the Biosphere
  • Forests under threat
  • Consuming energy resources
  • Making Geographical Decisions

Paper 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

  • Landscapes and Physical Processes (rivers / coasts)
  • Rural-Urban Links
  • Tourism or Hazardous Landscapes

Paper 2: Environment and Development Issues (1 hour 30 minutes / 35%)

  • Weather, Climate and Ecosystems.
  • Economic Development Issues
  • Social Development Issues or Environmental Changes

Paper 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry

  • Approaches to Fieldwork Methods
  • Fieldwork Enquiry
  • Application to UK contexts

 

WJEC will select fieldwork method and WJEC will select concept approach – two contrasting investigations.

Paper 1: Investigating Geographical Issues

  • Changing Places – Changing Economies
  • Changing Environments (coast, rivers, weather and climate)
  • Environmental Challenges

 

Paper 2: Problem Solving Geography

A problem solving paper in three parts assessing the content from across the three themes described in paper 1.

 

Paper 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry

  • Approaches to Fieldwork Methods
  • Fieldwork Enquiry
  • Application to UK contexts

 

WJEC will select fieldwork method and WJEC will select concept approach – two contrasting investigations.

Paper 1: Living the UK Today (1 hour 15 minutes / 30%)

  • Landscapes of the UK
  • People of UK
  • UK Environmental Challenges

Paper 2: The World Around US (1 hour 15 minutes / 30%)

  • Ecosystems of the Planet
  • People of the Planet (development)
  • Environmental threats to the planet.

Paper 3: Geographical Skills (1 hour 30 minutes / 40%)

  • Geographical Skills
  • Fieldwork Assessment (should carry out fieldwork in two different environments / human and physical)

Paper 1: Our Natural World (1 hour 15 minutes / 35%)

  • Global Hazards
  • Changing Climate
  • Distinctive Landscapes
  • Sustaining Ecosystems
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

Paper 2: People and Society (1 hour 15 minutes / 35%)

  • Urban Futures
  • Dynamic Development
  • UK in the 21st Century
  • Resource Resilience
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills

Geographical Exploration (1 hour 30 minutes / 30%)

  • Geographical Skills
  • Decision Making Exercise

Fieldwork must be one human / one physical in contrasting locations.

Based on the Draft Specifications available 14/04/2015

With thanks to @gceyre