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6GEO2 Unit 2 Geographical Investigations – Student Guide. CONTENTS. Overview Assessment overview + timings Fieldwork audit Handling data stimulus Fieldwork ‘virtuous circle’ Fieldwork rigour + mistakes Moving up the mark scheme.
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UNIT 2: The Paired Options –you only study one in each pair!
The ‘Physical’ Pair
The ‘Human’ Pair
Fieldwork Audit – look at the range of areas of the specification that questions can be drawn from. This ‘audit’ covers the main areas to consider.
Maps / charts
Simple tables of data
Photographs / images
The part (a) questions are essentially about responding to the resources which have been provided. Rehearsing how to respond to photographs, data and maps is really important prior to taking the exam (e.g. by using these resources as starters at the beginning of lessons), allowing you to deal with patterns, trends and anomalies. It is also very important that you establish whether the task is one of description or explanation. It is certainly not a place to deliver detailed or wide-ranging case studies.
Typically questions which use an image may start with:
or ‘comment on’
Your answer needs to take account of these different command words as the response requires a different balance in terms of using the resource and your own knowledge and understanding.
It is important to create points of reference, e.g. foreground background, upper left quadrant etc. Do a sketch in your response to illustrate this.
Try to go for a balanced range of ideas. Keep the writing ‘free of fluff’
‘Virtuous circle’ – this is the idea that the fieldwork and research process needs to be ‘closed’. This means fully written-up in a way suitable for the exam once the field day has been completed. This should be a shared group activity to cover the work more quickly.
Adapted from Unit 2 Guide – Philip Allan Updates
This can be a useful way of reviewing and revising the topic of study. Sharpens terminology and fieldwork range.
Customise and adapt this generic list to hit your fieldwork and research
Geography Review, GeoFile and GeoFactsheets may all be relevant
Your own work
Fieldwork AND research
Watch for urban / rural rubric issues
You need to address this part to access the higher level marks
Look at past mark schemes and reports to see how it is possible to make the leap from L3 – L4. You need to include details + judgments in our example linked to rebranding