On Monday 4th April I attended a GCSE Geography support event for the CCEA Geography specification at William Parker School Daventry. This is the first of three posts on my notes from the event. General
On Monday 4th April I attended a GCSE Geography support event for the CCEA Geography specification at William Parker School Daventry. This is the first of three posts on my notes from the event.
- The speficication has six geogrpahical themes which are set out as content and learning outcomes; there is a list of key geographical terms in each section, these freequently turn up as ‘state the meaning questions’; typically 6 out of 100 marks on the exam will be on knowledge of key terms. In the foundation tier some of the questions will be match the word and the definition.
- The controlled assessment titles will be set by the exam board and released in June two years before submission.
- The complete GCSE is split into three units (Unit 1 – Physical Geography, Unit 2 – Human Geography, and Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment); Unit 1 and Unit 2 are examined.
- Students must sit all units before the qualification is ‘cashed-in’, students must be entered for the cash-in separately.
- The qualification is offered at two tiers; Higher (grades A-D), and Foundation (grades C-G).
- Students can re-sit at a different tier to the initial exam (however only one re-sit is allowed per unit).
- 40% of the assessment must be taken in the final examination series in which the qualification is certified. The problem comes when a student wants to re-sit after having achieved a grade; they would have to re-sit two units to meet the terminal rule.
- The final grade will include the assessment results, which satisfy the terminal requirement; even if it is not the candidate’s best grade.
- The above requirements are important as they are different to the effect of unitisation at A ‘Level.
- Uniform Mark Scales (UMS) are used to aggregate marks from individual assessment units. Raw to UMS conversion is different each examination based to keep the standard the same.
- The number of uniform marks for each unit depends on its weighting; Units 1 and 2; 150 uniform marks, Unit 3; 100 uniform marks. The total GCSE is worth 400 uniform marks.
- In foundation tier the top mark is 104, equivalent to a top Grade C.
Uniform Mark Boundaries
- The Uniform Mark boundaries will stay the same for each examination session.
- There is a variety of information on the CCEA website to support the teaching of the specification.
- The support includes: specimen assessment materials, scheme of work, controlled assessment guidance, past examination papers.
- It was also mentioned that some of the materials on the website to support the legacy specification may be of use, particularly past examination papers.