AS Geography (7036)
As you may know, on 3 August, Ofqual published their consultation outcomes, which stated the following with regard to the 2021 series of AS Geography:
Remove requirements for (i) written statement that centres have given students the opportunity to undertake 2 days of fieldwork and (ii) to answer questions in the exam relating to their own fieldwork experience. Retain unfamiliar fieldwork questions in the exams but not require them to cover both human and physical geography.
For summer 2021, we’ve reduced the length of our 7036/2 (Paper 2: Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation) paper, and this will only feature Section A and questions relating to unfamiliar fieldwork in Section B. This means that students still need to understand the fieldwork enquiry process, and able to apply this understanding in unfamiliar fieldwork contexts.
We’re still finalising the details for these assessments, including length of time students will have to complete the 7036/2 paper given the reduction in marks, and the provision of further guidance to exemplify the changes. We’ll publish more information about this soon.
There are no other planned changes to our AS Geography specification or to the assessments.
In line with Ofqual’s guidance, we’d encourage teachers to still plan and deliver as much fieldwork as reasonably possible, to consider engaging in the enquiry process by virtual means where appropriate, and consider practising fieldwork skills in the classroom, on school grounds or in the local area.
We’ll be publishing further guidance about the summer 2021 exams over the coming months.