The Society is delighted that AS Level geography entries increased by 16.9% to 55,958 in 2014.
The data from UK exam boards and published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show for the first time the impact of the introduction of the EBacc, a GCSE performance measure in England, on post 16 subject choices. While AS entries for all EBacc subjects increased this year, the rise in geography is the largest.
At A Level, geography entries saw a small increase of 0.7% to 33,156 in 2014. The effect of the EBacc will not be seen on A Levels until 2015.
These increases, as reported by the DfE, show the continued popularity of geography in schools and recognition of its status as a facilitating subject. They also reflect positively on the continuing work of teachers to promote the value of geography in their classrooms, and on the support they receive from subject bodies such as the Society, which provides strong support in terms of resources, CPD training, careers guidance and networks.
In 2019, a team of undergraduate students from the University of Exeter spent six weeks in Madagascar collaborating with local researchers to conduct the first preliminary biodiversity surveys of the Iaroka Forest in Eastern Madagascar.
Improved techniques for gathering and structuring data about local areas has enhanced the usefulness of the census and enabled better use of population data.
In our response to the QAA consultation, we do not support the idea of an external advisor on academic standards, and note that proposed classification descriptors should be related to Subject Benchmark Statements.
Supports the development of existing interest and experience in adventurous outdoor activities.
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