Geography GCE A/AS
For centres in Wales: Approved WJEC GCE Geography (for teaching from 2016)
WJEC has developed a reformed GCE Geography qualification, regulated by Qualifications Wales, for teaching from 2016. This qualification meets regulatory requirements in Wales and has been approved by Qualifications Wales: it is not available to centres in England.
About This Qualification
WJEC offers a four unit course at GCE with an enquiry based approach to fieldwork at both AS and A2. It is a popular course enjoyed by learners in centres all over England and Wales for a number of reasons. The specification encourages students to understand a global world, its complex challenges and such issues as climate change, shifts in economic power, poverty and deprivation and sustainability. It also provides progression from either GCSE Geography A or GCSE Geography B. Face-to-face CPD and online training is offered and there is a high level of support by WJEC staff.
For centres in England: Draft WJEC Eduqas GCE Geography (for teaching from 2016)
Through our Eduqas brand, WJEC is developing a reformed GCE Geography qualification, regulated by Ofqual, for teaching from 2016. This qualification is designed to meet regulatory requirements in England. The draft specification can be found on the Eduqas AS/A level Geography page.
Summer 2016: G4 Pre-release booklet sent late March 2016
Continuing Professional Development
We are holding a series of CPD courses from the autumn term to support teachers preparing to deliver GCE AS/A level Geography (from 2016). Book your place by clicking the course link below:
Fieldwork opportunities for the new Specification
Specific geography fieldwork courses have been developed by the Field Studies Council for those studying the new WJEC A level Geography Specification taught from September 2016 onwards.
The 2017 G3B project titles are in the documents page on the website.
The G4 Pre-release booklet for 2016 has been sent to centres. The numbers were based on a combination of 2016 preliminary returns and last years entries.
The latest GCE Geography bulletin is now on the website with information about specification development and other material.
New Fieldwork Investigations units are now published on the WJEC resources site.
The new 6 units available are relevant to both AS and A levels.
There are three support documents available under resources for teachers to help candidates carry out the enquiry approach on selected topics for the 2016 G3B enquiry: deprivation, retailing and flooding. These have been prepared in conjunction with the Field Studies Council.
G3B Important note - re-sit candidates:
This WJEC circular was sent to Centres in July 2012. This concerns candidates who wish to re-sit the G3B examination. They must study the prescribed topic for the year in which they take the examination. It also notes that the correct, current topics must be used.
Grade boundaries (UMS/Raw Marks)
Information on how raw marks are converted to uniform marks may be found in the following document - Uniform Marks.
The link above is to all available documents related to Geography GCE AS/A. To view PDFs on this page you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader
WJEC Digital Education Resources
Teaching Resources now available on the new WJEC resources website. Use links below:
- G1 Investigating climate change
- G1 Investigating tectonic change
- G1 Investigating hydrological change
- G2 Investigating population change
- G2 Investigating settlement change
- AS Investigating and Research Skills
- G3 Development
- G4 Sustainable Food Supply
- G4 Sustainable Water Supply
- G4 Sustainable Energy
- G4 Sustainable Cities
Online Exam Review is now available for Summer 2015.
Other Useful Websites
Some useful networking sites that may be of help to teachers are:
- Environment Agency Wales- Flood Awareness
- Key Stage 5 wiki for the WJEC A level
- Royal Geographical Society
- Geographical Association Home Page
- Geographical Association
- The A Level Geography magazine is published online by the Canolfan Adnoddau Addysg
- Past papers and marking schemes for the new specification are available free of charge to teaching staff on our Secure Website.
For further information, please contact:
David Drake - Geography Subject Officer
Tel: 029 2026 5158
Steve James - Geography Subject Support Officer
Tel: 029 2026 5029
GCE AS/A level Geography Examiners' Report Summer 2015Download
Principal Examiners' Report
The Summer 2015 Principal Examiners' Report, providing feedback on the Summer 2015 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.