Summer 2022 support

On 30 September, the Department for Education and Ofqual published the outcomes of the consultation on proposed summer 2022 adaptations, including optionality and advance information.

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The consultation concluded that all of the proposals set out in the consultation document would be implemented.

Read more about the 2022 adaptations consultation outcomes

This is in addition to the outcomes of the 2022 NEA and field work consultation, which published on 16th June. These confirmed the carry forward of arrangements which were put in place in 2021 to take account of public health restrictions that could have had an impact on the way the assessments in certain qualifications could be conducted.

Read more about the NEA and field work consultation outcome

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 of the topic areas that will be included on the exam papers, helping them to manage their exam preparation. This information will be issued in the spring term to help students to focus their revision time.

However, the DfE have confirmed that if the impact of the pandemic worsens, this could be issued earlier in the academic year. We will update you on the timing of the advance information release once this has been confirmed.

Read more about advance information with the JCQ teacher guidance

We have developed guidance ahead of the publication of the advance information, to provide further detail on what the advance information will cover.

Download the advance information guidance.

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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.