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We have decided to adopt our proposed rules and guidance for reformed GCSEs in geography, with minor drafting changes to clarify some of our expectations. We have now published final versions of our:
- GCSE Subject Level Conditions and Requirements for Geography
- GCSE Subject Level Guidance for Geography
Our new rules will require reformed GCSEs in geography to:
- comply with the Department for Education’s subject content for geography, and our assessment objectives
- allocate 10% of marks to rewarding use of appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques
- include 5% of marks for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar, and the use of specialist technology
In line with the subject content, we are also requiring awarding organisations to ensure schools provide evidence of the opportunities they have given their students to carry out geographical fieldwork, and to take action if schools fail to do so.
Our guidance explains how awarding organisations should interpret parts of the subject content, and our assessment objectives.
This consultation is about the rules and guidance we need to put in place for new GCSEs in geography. These rules will apply to the exam boards that want to offer new geography GCSEs from September 2016. This is part of Ofqual’s work supporting the government’s changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels.