In Years 10 and 11, starting from September 2016, the students will study the new OCR A Geographical Themes GCSE Specification. This course will consist of three exams which will be sat at the end of Year 11 and there will no longer be a piece of Controlled Assessment.
The 9 – 1 grading system will be used for exams
Living in the UK today (Paper 1 worth 30%) – Landscapes of the UK, people of the UK and UK environmental challenges.
The world around us (Paper 2 worth 30%) – Ecosystems of the planet, people of the planet, environmental threats to our planet.
Geographical Skills (Paper 3 worth 40%) – This paper will replace the previous controlled assessment task. It will assess geographical skills and will assess the outcomes of two contrasting fieldtrips which are a compulsory part of the course. It will also synoptically access elements from the other two papers.
Geographical skills will be embedded throughout the course and will be assessed on all 3 exam papers. Literacy is crucial to the course and all of the exam papers have marks that are available for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.