Unit 2 has four components, but you have
to study TWO.
In a 75 minute exam, answer TWO
questions – one for each topic studied.
This means there is no choice.
The exam tests knowledge and
understanding of concepts as well as
geographical fieldwork skills.
Fieldwork, research and the enquiry
process lie at the heart of this exam.
Ensure the best possible grades by (i)
focusing on the question set, (ii) using
resources effectively, and (iii) using your
fieldwork in a form that works for the
UNIT 2: The
Paired Options –
you only study
one in each pair!
The ‘Physical’ Pair
The ‘Human’ Pair
marks) ~ 8-10
Part B (Fieldwork
+ Research: 15
Top Tips for Success.....
Managing time on each question:
Part C (Case
study: 10 marks)
~ 8-10 mins
LEAVE A COUPLE
OF MINUTES FOR A
FINAL READTHROUGH AND
Practice parts of questions
under timed conditions.
There is no need to fill up
all the space on the exam
Writing a short glossary as
you go will be invaluable
for final revision
Remember: Quality, not
Present an informed opinion
Identity similarities, supported with evidence
Identify differences supported with evidence
Give a simple representation in words (say what you see)
Consider in a more evaluative / debating style
Investigate closely (describe, explain, comment on etc)
Set out causes, reasons and examine processes
Name or otherwise characterise / describe
Present clarifying or explaining examples
Briefly set out main characteristics / features
Make a concise summary of….
Simple factual response required (can be single word or number)
Put forward appropriate possibilities
Indicate or explain how….
When making notes for
revision, don’t just list
Add depth – places,
examples of equipment,
type and number of
surveys, details of land
use maps, or even
The best answers refer
to real fieldwork in real
‘Realism’ and location detail are
likely to score highly.
Questions might be based on:
planning & methods, or
presentation & results, or
conclusions & evaluation
Credit given for reference to, e.g.
new technology + virtual fieldwork
named web references
qualitative and ‘unusual’ methods
EXAMS SKILLS SET
• Accurate reference to
examples and real places
visited is a way of giving
• Fieldwork and research
balance in all areas
• Direct use of own work
• Awareness of limitations
• Use of methods
terminology , presentation,
Assessment / exam focus
(1) Planning and methodology
(2) Presentation and analysis
(3) Conclusion and evaluations
There are lots of that you can
use…but get to together a hot picks
list (quote websites or organisations
List of local sources, e.g.
Newspaper, Local Authority, Wildlife
Trusts, blogs / forums etc.
Maps, data and
Watch for urban
/ rural rubric
More able candidates
would address this
part ‘a’ Q’s are worth
20/70 = ~30%
Not very sophisticated....but
does at least try and answer
the question ‘DESCRIBE’
This response is well
located, i.e. states
Docklands in first
sentence. Uses some
good terminology and
is structured (typical of
It also is well focused
on the Q – i.e. roles
invest’). The level of
detail is also good, e.g.
‘private’ vs ‘public’.
Examiner comments: Probably mid L4 – A pretty strong answer, mentions real places and
fieldwork. Research is good, e.g. census. Idea of before and after comes through which is
important in this type of question. More depth of detail probably required for max, e.g. specific
secondary sources, no. of questionnaires etc. Also closing comments would have added to the
structure, rather than just stopping.
Pitfalls and failures
•Time management issues – running short on the second question.
•Writing too much to fill the white space which is not relevant or offtopic.
•Ignoring the Figure (part a Qs), or using it partially or imprecisely .
•‘All I know’ case studies in the wrong places i.e. the 15 mark F & R
•Pre-prepared F&R which is not adapted to the specific question.
•Lack of balance, with in relation to a Figure, F&R or example.
•Missing a key word in a question e.g. ‘impacts’ or ‘strategies’.
•To much detail on one F or R method, and therefore a lack of range.
You need to very clear about the ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’
structure of the Unit 2 exam paper
Quality not quantity – don’t have to fill all the
space for an A grade (some Qs have lots of lines)
You must prepare fieldwork and research notes so
they are ‘revision friendly’
Think about the style of answers, and in what
depth, for all three sections (‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’)
Think about levels mark schemes, and how to
‘climb the steps’ (L1-L3/L4)