Notes From A2 Unit 4B Course
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  • 1. Notes from A2 Unit 4B Course – 20th November 2009 London
    • Entry for January 2010 is 5,500 for 4B and 4,500 for 4A.
    • 2. Material will only be sent to centres that enter candidates in a session. If you don’t enter candidates enter a ‘dummy candidate’ to generate the material being sent to your school.
    • 3. This is not content based, but the ability to think geographically.
    • 4. 4B – 60 Marks – less than 20 will be on practical skills and fieldwork; the rest will be on issue evaluation.
    • 5. All tests measured in the specification will be covered in a reasonable amount of time.
    The Process of Issue Evaluation
    • This demands the development of the range of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding identified in the Specification.
    • 6. This one links to health (AS) and cities (A2), but this is just the context. There is no need to review content of that module; stick to the pre-release and linked content.
    • 7. However if content was glaciations you would need to examine main features and shape of landscape (no need to have detailed understanding of processes).
    • 8. Teachers are to extend content by looking at a issue.
    • 9. Unit 4B allows candidates to extend the content of the specification within the specialised context of issue evaluation.
    • 10. Issue is not a problem but something where people have a difference of opinions about.
    • 11. For the majority of the questions there is no right or wrong answer.
    To enable candidates to address issues evaluation they must:
    • Interpret a range of data and resources provided for them in an Advance Information Booklet (AIB)
    • 12. Use techniques to present and analyse data from the AIB.
    • 13. Pure geographic skills; look at data given present and analysis it. E.g . Choropleth map; parallel set of information to correlate.
    • 14. Consider how additional information could be collected using fieldwork, internet research and other methods.
    • 15. Restrict amount of internet sites used; just use sites provided.
    • 16. Consider Google earth / street view.
    • 17. Not worth looking at any other documents.
    • 18. Consider fieldwork; how might you research these issues through fieldwork.
    • 19. E.g. For the AIB Jan 10 – look at the school travel plan:
    • 20. How would you collect the data?
    • 21. How would you ensure the data is not biased?
    • 22. Present data.
    • 23. Possibly go to the location where the data was collected.
    • 24. Relate the data to the body of geographical knowledge and understanding developed through their AS and A2 studies.
    • 25. Questions take into account the fact that students have only studied the core.
    • 26. Where necessary, carry out further research into the issue or the area referred to in the AIB.
    • 27. Further research can be limited to websites proved.
    • 28. May want to provide one lesson looking at background theory.
    The questions will take a similar format
    • The specimen is not a good example of format. There will be a 6 or 7 questions each time.
    • 29. Skills Q
    • 30. Fieldwork Q
    • 31. Synoptic Q
    • 32. Question on the Issue
    • 33. Sting in the Tail