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Geography: Assessments

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what response he has made to the recommendations of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that A-level geography coursework be abolished; and if he will make a statement. (189205)

Following the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's (QCA's) recommendations, the new criteria for A-level geography courses from September 2008 remove the requirement for coursework to be assessed. Fieldwork will, however, become a specific requirement in the A- level criteria from September 2008. QCA is working closely with the Geographical Association, Royal Geographical Society and awarding bodies to ensure that assessment methods continue to provide satisfactory ways of assessing fieldwork. Through the Action Plan for Geography, Government funding has set up a virtual fieldwork and local learning centre to help teachers make the most of geography in their local areas, including expert advice and planning on embedding fieldwork in the curriculum.