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About this Qualification

WJEC GCSE Geography Specification A is a bold and exciting course. It provides students with a stimulating and motivating Geography course fit for the twenty-first century. Balance is provided by offering both traditional and contemporary geographical themes. Students will be engaged, challenged and stretched, especially by an emphasis on ‘geographical futures’ which encourages students to apply their understanding of current trends to identify alternate future scenarios and evaluate their sustainability.

Interested in teaching WJEC GCSE Geography A for the first time this September? If so, this document will give you a brief overview of the specification.

Key Dates

2014 Examinations: Unit 1 Tuesday 13 May PM; Unit 2 Thursday 22 May AM.

2015 Controlled Assessment submission date is 27 March.

Latest News

April 2014

WJEC are delighted to have sponsored the FSC lecture on the future assessment of fieldwork at the annual GA conference in Guildford. Please find the starter activity and presentation (which includes detailed notes).

This year’s annual Geographical Association Conference and Exhibition was held at the University of Surrey.

More than 700 delegates from around the world attended this event, to share the latest ideas, resources and support in primary and secondary geography education.

November 2013

A useful new online exam review is now available for Summer 2013, search under Geography GCSE. Examples of candidates responses with assessment commentaries are available for all Geography A papers.

You can also obtain Geography Specification A WJEC online resources. These are free dedicated resources for this specification.

June 2013

The generic controlled assessment tasks for 2015 are now available. The guidance notes for both the Fieldwork Enquiry and the Decision Making Exercise are available.

Content changes: (pages 14 - 21) for 2014

June 2012 Linear and Unitised specifications

- ALL centres in England will be required to use linear GCSE specifications for first award from 2014 (first teaching of two-year courses starting from September 2012).

- In Wales, centres will be able to choose to follow either of the two options available for courses starting from September 2012:

  • linear specifications (first award summer 2014), where candidates sit all their exams at the end of the course
  • existing unitised specifications where assessment may be taken in separate units at stages during the course as is currently the case.

- WJEC is offering both linear and unitised specifications.

- The subject content of the two options is the same; the only difference is that the linear assessment may be taken at the end of the course only.


Grade Boundaries (UMS/Raw Marks)

Principal Examiners' Report

The Principal Examiners' report, providing feedback on the summer 2013 series of examinations, is now available. Centres are advised to read the report carefully as it provides helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next series of examinations.

WJEC provides, and will continue to provide, GCE and GCSE Geography qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.

Continuing Professional Development

The internal assessment standardizing continuing professional development programme for the 2013 – 2014 academic year is now open for bookings.

These events are free of charge, but please note that attendance is limited to one member of staff per centre for each subject. Additional members of staff may attend on payment of a £30 per head administration fee.

Key Resources

Useful Websites

For further information, please contact:

Andrew Owen - Subject Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5114

Steve James - Subject Support Officer
Telephone: 029 2026 5029

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