Summer 2022 support

On the 16 of June, Ofqual published the outcome of the 2022 NEA and field work consultation. This set out their proposals to carry forward the 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 these qualifications could be conducted.

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

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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.

Support

We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements and we’ll be releasing more information and guidance as this is confirmed.

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

Summer 2022 consultation

The Department for Education and Ofqual are now consulting on other proposed summer 2022 adaptations, including optionality and advanced notice.

Please visit the government website to have your say.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 1 August 2021.