Summer 2022 support

The Department for Education have confirmed that exams will go ahead in 2022, but with a few changes, such as optionality or advance information.

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For AS and A levels in Geography, the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:

Fieldwork and NEA

The requirement for the written statement that centres have given students the opportunity to undertake 2 days of fieldwork has been removed.

Students will not be required to answer questions in the exam relating to their own fieldwork experience. Unfamiliar fieldwork questions have been retained in the exam, but students will only be required to answer questions about unfamiliar fieldwork relating to either physical or human geography processes. The following changes will be made:

  • Paper 1: All familiar fieldwork questions will be removed. The unfamiliar fieldwork question options relating to physical geography will be moved to Paper 2. The total marks will be reduced by 18 to 72 marks and the assessment time reduced from 1 hour 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Paper 2: All familiar fieldwork questions relating to Human Geography will be removed. All unfamiliar fieldwork question options relating to Physical and Human Geography will be added to Section D in Paper 2. The total marks will be reduced by 9 to 81 marks. There will be no change to the assessment time of 1 hour 45 minutes. In Section D students will be required to answer one of the following questions:
  1. Physical Geography: Glaciated Landscape and Change
  2. Physical Geography: Coastal Landscape and Change
  3. Human Geography: Regenerating Places
  4. Human Geography Diverse Places

The requirement for the written statement that centres have given students the opportunity to undertake 4 days of fieldwork has been removed.

The joint exam board guidance on collecting primary data for the NEA for permitting primary data collected virtually is carried forward to 2022. Primary data must still form part of the investigation. It is acceptable for students to collect primary data without going ‘into the field’, students can collect primary data through virtual fieldwork or desk-based studies.

Advance information

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some information about the exam content, helping them to manage their exam preparation. The Department for Education has now confirmed that advance information can be released.

You can now access your advance information for May/June 2022.

The advance information should be read alongside the JCQ teacher guidance and the advance information guidance which was published on 9 December.

Download the JCQ teacher guidance

Download the full advance information. You can also download our advance information revision support tailored to A level Geography that includes free teacher access to Pearson’s Revise ActiveBooks* for use in class, available until 28 June 2022.

Following further quality checks after the release of the advance information on 7 February we have updated the A level Geography advance information document. Heading 1.7.c has been amended on page 25 to highlight 1.7.a and 1.7.c in the table. The new version is named as 'Version 2'. Please check that you have downloaded the latest version.

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Support

We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements.

You can find the support which we currently have available to support teaching and learning below.

*You do not have to purchase any published resources to deliver our qualifications. Other Pearson Edexcel endorsed resources are also available.