Mediterranean migrant crisis: Pupils to study issue as part of revamped A-level curriculum

The Independent is reporting that some pupils will be studying the Mediterranean migrant boats crisis as part of a revamped A-level geography exam…

A new “Exploring Oceans” option introduced for the first time by the OCR exam board, will see them studying topics such as migrant trafficking, piracy, rising sea levels and sustainable fishing.

The option will be included in a new “geographical debates” section of the A-level which pupils will start studying next year.

Other topics for study under the heading will include the Nepal earthquake, the Ebola outbreak, climate change and the future of food.

The proposed syllabus, which has been submitted to exams regulator Ofqual for approval, is designed to give students more of an opportunity to take part in topical debates surrounding geography.

Mark Smith, subject specialist for geography at OCR, said: “Our new specification aims to bring to life the intrinsic links between physical and human geography, giving students a greater understanding of the challenging events they hear about on the news every day…”

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This certainly sounds a fascinating syllabus but for the geographers out there, what do you make of the proposed new specifications?

Are the changes significant, are they a step in the right direction?

Has anything been lost or not been included that you see as a missed opportunity?

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