What's changing

Our new Edexcel GCSE Geography qualifications are now accredited, with first assessment taking place in summer 2018. Here you'll find details of what's changing from the current specifications and how we'll help.

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These changes will apply to all awarding organisations' specifications:

  • The requirements for carrying out and assessing fieldwork have changed:
    • Fieldwork needs to be carried out in 2 contrasting environments.
    • It must include exploration of physical and human processes, and the interactions between them.
    • Fieldwork will no longer be assessed by controlled assessment, but by an external assessment, weighted at 15% of the overall assessment (which is reduced from 25%), with 5% on skills and 10% on application.
    • Students will be assessed on their own experience of fieldwork and fieldwork in unfamiliar contexts.
  • There will be an increased emphasis on the geography of the UK. There’s also an emphasis on contextualised case studies.
  • Geographical skills - cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical - are now explicitly expressed.
  • There will be a single tier of entry, so all students will take the same exam paper.
For an overview of the key changes to GCSE Geography and how we've approached them, watch our short video. 

Our approach

We’re working 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.

We’re developing 2 specifications:

  • Specification A: a familiar theme-based approach with separate physical, human and skills-based components.
  • Specification B: a contemporary issues-based approach.

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