Geography A – Script A Commentary – Autumn 10/Spring 11
New GCSE Geography Specification A Commentary
Script A – Task 4
- Water on the LandInvestigate changes in the cross profile(s) of a river.
The candidate identifies and defines nine key terms, concepts and processes. This is too many tomaintain effectively throughout the entire investigation and four or five would have been easier tomanage. In situations such as this we aim to track 4 or 5 key terms throughout the investigation. In thiscase the candidate uses many of the terms in their methodology and when interpreting their results.Some terms appear beyond the interpretations, but the candidate did not help to maximise the markrange as they failed to provide a clear Conclusions section. Location evidence was clear.
Marks Awarded = 9 marksMethodology
The work was teacher-directed with no planning carried out by the student, therefore no marks at Level3 can be considered. The investigation is designed to test one hypothesis (as required by theSpecification) and the work is given a context. The three data collection methods are clearly describedand diagrams are used to help with this part of the report. Six data collection sites were used and thedate and conditions were recorded.
Marks Awarded = 8 marksPresentation
There is a wide range of basic presentation techniques used within this investigation. The candidate liststhe same data three times on successive pages and presents this information in three different ways.Only one of these presentation techniques can earn credit otherwise candidates could use just one setof data many times over and gain all of the presentation marks. The graph referred to as a ‘scatter’ issimply a line graph, but it does work and could earn some credit at Level 1. The bar graph is better butthe radar graph lacks clarity. Altogether there are five presentation techniques that, combined, take thecandidate to the top of Level 2. The located cross-sections of the river channel are accurate and thevertical scales have not been exaggerated to show depth. This is an example of a ‘more complex skill’and earns marks at Level 3.
Marks Awarded = 10 marksInterpretation
All of the Level 2 requirements are present, although the conclusions are distributed throughout theinterpretations section and it would have been better if the candidate had included a separateconclusions page. The data have been used effectively and some quite detailed analysis has beencarried out. Links between data sets have been identified. The validity of some conclusions statementshas been strengthened by reference to the data.
Marks Awarded = 10 marks