CCEA GCSE Geography Controlled Assessment

On Monday 4th April I attended a GCSE Geography support event for the CCEA Geography specification at William Parker School Daventry. This is the  third of three posts on my notes from the event.

Key Features of Controlled Assessment

  • Takes the form of an investigative study, 25% of the final GCSE grade.
  • A written report of not more than 2,000 words; however no penalty for going over.
  • Controlled assessment tasks will be replaced each year – there will always be a river question.

Key Stages

  • Planning
  • Fieldwork
  • Research and data collection.
  • Analysis and evaluation of findings.

Planning – Guidance

  • Evidence of planning must be included in a short appendix to the report.
  • 10 marks available – don’t shy away from awarding 10 marks, but not all students should get 10 marks.
  • Hypothesis (should included max 2-4).
  • Methods for data collection e.g. instruments requirement, questionnaire design.
  • Health and safety.
  • All of the above should be included to get L3 marks.

Primary Data Collection

  • Evidence is needed of data collection in the field; this should be attached to the report as a short appendix, it doesn’t matter how scrappy it is.
  • This should also show use of instruments and organisation of data; there should be notes on collective record to show what they actually collected.

Producing the Report

  • Some work, e.g. research may be completed without direct supervision; research however should be more than copying pages out of textbook.
  • A detailed record must be kept of all primary and secondary sources used if quoting.
  • Introduction should contain theoretical context if appropriate.
  • Spatial context including a regional and local map using IT should be included; students should get their own map.
  • Methodology should include photos or diagrams of method.
  • Data presentation can include photographs, which are common, however they should be annotated individually.
  • Graphs should follow appropriate convention – including title, axis labelled, overlay, key if appropriate.


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