« Last post by nicko427 on July 02, 2015, 12:22:47 PM »
Having seen this this morning I called AQA and spoke to their Geography Department directly who confirmed that their spec had not been approved, and in their words needed "some minor tweaks" but would not give any further details as to these "minor tweaks" but they are hoping for it be sent back to OfQual by August and aim to have it published in September (and whilst that gives us who teach a 3 year GCSE a bit of an excuse to have an easier summer it doesn't help that much!)
If all of the exam boards have been knocked back then I guess that it more likely to be common issues across them all relating to either:
- Lack of extended writing (seems to be less in the new specs?) and alot more short answer questions to meet the old foundation tier...
- Changes re fieldwork skills
- Lack of higher end mathematical skills (on the Dept for Education release way back they included the like of spearmans rank and other statistical methods, but I've not yet seen any exam questions relating to these yet...which might be the difference between a 7 and a 8/9 grade?)
She also confirmed that a case study needs to have significantly more detail than an example (despite the exam questions being weighted the same) as the case study questions could relate to wider aspects, where as the example questions are more narrow.