Geography (H) 2016: The popular Geoecology section would have been a delight for many students

 

Comment/ analysis of the Geography paper (Higher Level) from Michael Doran, Geography teacher at The Institute of Education.

The popular Geoecology section would have been a delight for many students.

The questions on migration and Syrian refugees in the Human Elective section was nice and topical and it is good to see that the exam is keeping up to date with ongoing events.

Some students may have been disappointed at the lack of human interaction questions in the Physical Geography section.

Physical Geography:
A very fair choice of questions. Some students may have been disappointed at the lack of human interaction questions, as these have appeared regularly over the last number of years.
The question on Fluvial Adjustments was a surprise, as it has been asked a lot over recent years. Students may not have given it the same attention as other topics. Overall however, students would have been able to answer one of the three questions.

Regional Geography:
This is often the most challenging section for many students, as there is a wide range of potential topics that can come up. The choice of questions however was fair. The question on EU expansion reappeared- this is a topical issue and students would have been happy with this question.

Electives:
There was a good mix of questions here.
Migration was a big feature of the Human Elective, with two separate questions appearing on the topic.
Question 12 A dealt specifically with Syrian refugees. Students were asked to examine, among other things, the challenges faced by countries receiving large numbers of migrants.
This was a good topical question and it is good to see that the exam is keeping up to date with ongoing events.

Options section:
The popular Geoecology section would have been a delight for many students, as the questions were very straight forward and dealt with important topics that they would have put a lot of effort in to learning.