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Geography GSCE level descriptors

Discussion in 'Geography' started by MRCGEOG, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Hi
    As an NQT I've just started teaching AQA spec A at GSCE and can only find the level descriptors from the spec but these are only for grades A, C and G. I'd really like to be able to give students more broken down descriptors like those so commonly used at KS3 to help them make steps up. If anyone has any I'd be really grateful. Even if they are for a different exam board or different spec, they would be a great start.
    Cheers
    Matt
     
  2. bps5

    bps5 New commenter

    I teach AQA A and was lucky that my colleague had substantial experience examining for the board, thereby allowing me to work out what students needed to have to get certain grades.

    What you really need to know is the marking rules, rather than grade descriptors per se. This allows you to set certain example questions, mark them according to AQA rules and then grade them according to the percentages given in the previous post:

    So - 1-3 mark questions = 1 correct mark for each point (max 3) - this is Level 1 on AQA A
    4 Mark questions - L1 (1-2 Marks) - 1 correct mark for each point (Max. 2), L2 (3-4) develop one L1 point with connectives (link and elaborate) for 3 marks, do it twice to get 4 marks
    6 Mark question - L1 (1-4 Marks) - 1 correct mark for each point (Max 4.), L2 (5-6 marks) - develop one L1 point with connectives (link and elaborate) to get 5 marks, do it twice to get 6
    8 Mark Questions - L1 (1-4 Marks) - 1 correct mark for each point (Max 4), L2 (5-6 marks) - develop one L1 point with connectives to get 5 marks, do it twice to get 6, L3 (7-8 Marks) use case study information so it is clear that your answer is not generic

    I teach my kids these rules. I would also urge you to sign up to be an examiner for the forthcoming season - I did it in June and it was the best CPD I ever did. I quickly learnt how to mark and what to look for, it improved my teaching substantially. After marking 300 papers, I also knew what a good, ok and poor answer looked like and how to improve answers to do better.
     

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