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New AQA GCE: Understanding Assessment & Fieldwork Demands

David Redfern

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Why attend?

Focus on the new AQA GCE assessment and gain a clearer understanding of the demands of question papers and Mark Schemes at AS and A-level. Led by leading expert, David Redfern, this full-day course will also provide you with techniques to help you prepare your students for the fieldwork questions at AS and the Individual Investigation (NEA) at A-level.
  • Compare the old and new questions in terms of style, demand and structure at A level and AS
  • Explore the meaning of the new ‘connections and links’ within questions (formerly known as synopticity) and how AS and A-level papers will assess them
  • Focus on how to prepare your students for the A-level Individual Investigation and its demands, as well as AS fieldwork questions
Attend this course and receive a free copy of AQA AS/A-level Geography Student Guide: Component 1: Physical Geography


10.00am Registration and coffee
10.15am AS and A-level assessment of content
  • A detailed examination of the AS and A-level exam papers, focusing on the assessment objectives, different formats and demands of the questions, including the novel situations and connections/linkages questions
  • The meaning of the ‘new’ command words, and revised versions of the ‘old’ command words
11.30am Morning coffee
11.45am Assessment of fieldwork at AS
  • Analysis of exemplar questions – different styles and formats; the familiar and the unfamiliar
  • Implications for AS fieldwork for students
12.45pm Lunch
1.45pm Assessment of fieldwork at A level – the NEA
  • Strategies for preparing students for the NEA
  • Organisational matters
  • What will the product look like?
  • How will it be assessed?
  • Possible titles and possible formats (in a little more detail)
3.45pm Review and reflect
4.00pm Course ends


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