Edexcel A level Geography (2016)

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for the changes to our AS and A level Geography from 2016, including our accredited specifications and sample assessment materials.

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Geography, and the world we study, is ever-changing. That's why our qualifications continue to focus on fundamental processes, reflect the world around us and foster an understanding of what could impact its future.

There are many ways to teach a subject as diverse as geography. That's why our specifications are designed for you to make them your own.

To ensure you and your students can focus on investigative geography, we've taken the guesswork out of fieldwork.

Our assessments are designed to encourage all students to show what they know and understand about geography to the best of their ability.

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Like you, we want to support your students in becoming confident, capable and successful geographers. That's why we've worked with experts in geography, maths and literacy to create our most comprehensive support offering ever and help your students think geographically.

Specification

Specification

Edexcel A level Geography specification
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Qualification type:
Advanced General Certificate of Education (A level)
Level:
Level 3
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Geography
Specification codes:
9GE0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2018

Edexcel AS Geography specification
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Qualification type:
Advanced Subsidiary General Certificate of Education (AS)
Level:
Level 3
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Geography
Specification codes:
8GE0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2017
What's changing

A level Geography 2016: What’s changing

The Department for Education has published the new subject content for A level Geography qualifications.  

  • There will be an increased emphasis on geographical skills:
    • The subject content includes more detailed expectations for developing qualitative and quantitative data skills.
    • A level must include all the prescribed skills and AS must include a selection of the skills.
  • There will be more fieldwork:
    • AS now requires a minimum of 2 days of fieldwork.
    • A level now requires a minimum of 4 days of fieldwork.
    • Both AS and A level must require fieldwork to be undertaken in relation to physical and human geography.
  • Assessment of fieldwork is changing too:
    • All A level students will complete one Independent Investigation, which will be a non-examined assessment and must draw on fieldwork: this is 20% of the A level.
    • AS level fieldwork will be assessed by exam.

Our approach

We’ve worked with hundreds of practising teachers and the geography subject community to design our new qualifications for 2016. Our ambition is to develop geography qualifications that you will know and recognise, but to update them with new and engaging topics of study.

Here’s an overview of what's available:

  • engaging contemporary issues such as tectonic hazards, globalisation and water security
  • popular and familiar themes such as changing landscapes and human development
  • an easy-to-navigate independent investigation.

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Free launch events

Book your place on our free Getting Ready to Teach events!

We're hosting free online and face-to-face Getting Ready to Teach AS/A level Geography events to help you get set for first teaching in September 2016.

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Fieldwork

As we develop our AS and A level Geography qualifications, we'll be creating a dedicated page to support you with the delivery and assessment of fieldwork. It will be packed with practical advice and guidance from practitioners and educators, including case studies.

Check back soon for more information! 

Coursework Advisory Service 

Read the guidance and complete the form to get feedback on your proposed coursework texts and titles.

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Your subject advisor

Subject advisor
Jon Wolton, Geography, Leisure, Travel and Tourism subject advisor
Jon WoltonGeography, Travel and Tourism
UK: 020 7010 2185
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2185
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