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Geography B GCSE
Student Revision Newsletter - *Please note that this is an updated version and was uploaded on 18/4/13*
WJEC provides, and will continue to provide GCSE Geography qualifications which meet the needs of teachers and the requirements of regulators in both England and Wales.
CPD - Dates for internal assessment standardising CPD for the next academic year will be published shortly. Examination review will be provided online; further details will be issued in due course.
The deadline for the submission of completed controlled assessment samples for moderation is Friday 22nd March 2013. As in 2012, centres will be required to submit their controlled assessment marks online via the WJEC Secure Website from 10th March. Once all marks have been entered and submitted, the online system will confirm the details of those candidates whose work will need to be sent in the sample. As in 2012, the moderator address details will only be available via the online system, and can be seen once marks have been submitted and the sample has been confirmed.
As in 2012, the relevant covering mark sheets and guidance notes (CAB1, CAB2 & CAB3) can be downloaded and completed from the Internal Assessment / coursework forms page link here. Please see the Controlled Assessment guidance and timeline document for a step-by-step guide to the process.
You may use this presentation with your students to help them understand how to show evidence of AO2 in their fieldwork enquiries. The presentation uses the context of rivers fieldwork. Teaching notes are included with each slide.
2012 Moderator Reports are available to centres via the secure website on the 'Internal Assessment Mark Input' page.
July 2012 "Strengthened" GCSE is accredited.
In common with other awarding organisations, WJEC was recently asked to revise GCSE specifications to make the assessment linear. In addition all awarding organisations were asked to "strengthen" their GCSE Geography specifications. We are pleased to announce that WJEC linear GCSE specification B in Geography has been approved by the regulators. Specimen Assessment Materials are also now available.
Andy Owen, Subject Officer for GCSE Geography says, “We now offer real choice - two quite different and distinctive specifications that teachers can be sure meet all of the regulators’ requirements. I believe that the changes we have made to both specifications will considerably improve the experience of teachers and students.”
Interested in teaching WJEC GCSE Geography B for the first time this September? If so, this document will give you a brief overview of the specification.
Dates for internal assessment standardising CPD for the next academic year will be published shortly. Examination review will be provided online; further details will be issued in due course.
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar assessment changes to WJEC GCSE GEOGRAPHY B
The regulators in Wales, England and Northern Ireland recently asked all awarding organisations to include the assessment of spelling, punctuation and grammar in ALL Geography GCSE examinations from June 2013 onwards.
WJEC is pleased to confirm that changes to assessment reflecting this requirement have been accepted by the regulators.
Further details are available here. Revised sample assessment materials are available here.
- Unitised Specifications - GCSE
Video explaining entry and re-sit rules for GCSE unitised specifications
Unitised Specifications - GCSE Video
- The original copy of the Cairngorms map that is featured in the Problem Solving paper in the Speciment Assessment Materials
- Controlled Assessment mark sheets and guidance notes
Continuing Professional Development
CPD courses Autumn 2012 (INSET)
Materials as used at the recent CPD meetings are now available to download via our secure website. Your examinations officer will be able to set you up with a 'login' and password to this part of the site. Some of the CPD resources are also available here.
Resources / Key Documents
- All documents page including Specification, Specimen Assessment materials, Teacher Guides, Course models, etc.
- Application form to become an examiner
- Support material and additional resources can be found free of charge on NGfL-Cymru.
- Past papers and marking schemes are available free of charge to teaching staff on our Secure Website.
- Resources are also available through our online Shop.
- A 'ning' website dedicated to WJEC GCSE Geography (Not a WJEC website - opens a new window).
- Copies of the dedicated text book and a revision guide can be obtained by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Royal Geographical Society
- Geographical Association
Information on how raw marks are converted to uniform marks may be found in the following document - Uniform Marks
For further information, contact:
Andy Owen, Geography Subject Officer
Tel: 029 2026 5114
Andrew Williams, Geography Support Officer
Tel: 029 2026 5141