GCSE Geology

Adaptations 2022

Find out more about Ofqual/DfE’s decisions about adaptations in summer 2022 here, and Ofqual’s decisions about non-exam assessment here.

We will provide advance information about the content of the summer 2022 exam(s) in this subject. DfE has confirmed that advance information will be provided by 7 February 2022 and that the information can be deployed at other points ahead of 7 February 2022 if required. At least a week's notice will be given if DfE decides that advance information will be released earlier than 7 February 2022.

Information about the adaptations for summer 2022 in this qualification can be found below.


Arrangements for GCSE Geology fieldwork
Teaching: Sep 2017
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The Eduqas GCSE in Geology provides the foundations for understanding the science of ‘how the Earth works’: its structure, evolution and dynamics, and its mineral and energy resources. In addition, learners following the course will appreciate that the understanding and application of Earth science is vital to the future quality of life and prosperity of the world's population; from supplying the evergrowing demand for mineral, energy and water resources to mitigation of natural hazards by improved engineering and prediction techniques. In developing this specification, WJEC has provided opportunity for learners to: · develop knowledge and understanding of rock types, geological structures, geochronology, the rock cycle and plate tectonics as the key ideas of geology

  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of geology, through the different types of scientific enquiry used to answer questions about how the Earth works
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory and in the field, and extend their competence in a range of fieldwork skills, including those required in understanding 3D geological data
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

The Eduqas GCSE in Geology places problem-solving at the heart of learning, encouraging learners to respond to geology in both familiar and novel situations in the laboratory and in the field. Learners are encouraged to think for themselves, reflecting the skills demanded by those engaged in the study of geology, and other disciplines, beyond GCSE. The specification encourages the teaching of links between different areas of the geology curriculum, thereby building up a broad approach to the subject. It lends itself to a variety of teaching and learning styles and offers learners of all abilities an enjoyable and positive learning experience.

There are no previous learning requirements for this specification. Any requirements set for entry to a course based on this specification are at the school/college’s discretion. This specification builds on subject content which is typically taught at key stage 3 national curriculum requirements for science and mathematics and provides a suitable foundation for the study of A level geology.

In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

Why choose Eduqas?

  • Places problem solving at the heart of learning

  • Increased emphasis on application of geological principles

  • Philosophy of our qualification is unchanged
  • Direct access to Subject specialists

  • Unlimited access to free resources

  • Face-to-face professional learning courses

  • Support from our Regional Representatives

  • 2 compulsory fieldwork days
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Training and Guidance for Summer 2021


WJEC Eduqas has produced Professional Learning training and guidance packs to support the application of marking schemes and grading.  These view on-demand materials offer expert instruction from senior Eduqas examiners and include marking exemplar and grading exemplar. These materials aim to:

  • develop your understanding in applying the marking schemes
  • improve your confidence in awarding marks accurately
  • exemplify the characteristics of learner responses at differing levels of achievement
  • provide guidance on how to grade learner evidence.

These materials are suitable for all teachers who need guidance in marking and grading this qualification, and Heads of Department who wish to internally moderate their team's marking.

These materials are now available for you to access as many times as you wish from our secure website here.



Upcoming Professional Learning Events


There are no live events currently scheduled for this qualification. 


Our annual programme is published and open for bookings during the summer term. Sign up for the latest updates here.


Materials from previous courses can be found on the Secure website and/or under the Materials tab.

GCSE Geology - Approaches to Teaching 2018



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