G3B – The Individual Research Enquiry. This is the most challenging part
of your course – as so much depends on yourself. The hardest part is ‘getting
started’ and planning a workable hypothesis. You must ask for teacher
guidance as and when you need it and you must keep to schedule. You need
to understand exactly what is expected of you so read the following:
1. Initial Background
Choosing a topic within a theme and then doing some wider reading
academic background research. The teacher will give some general
guidance about this. But you have a choice to make. June
2. Getting an Idea
Read through the Checklist and Ideas sheets. Work on getting a topic –
human or physical. Then a more specific topic to study. Think about
something that would interest you. Can you link to another A Level you are
studying as the work will benefit your learning in two subjects. Try to think
of your topic as a question you are going to try and answer or at least
3. Firming up your Proposal
Establishment of an effective sequence of enquiry. Complete the proposal
sheet and discuss with your teacher (before starting collecting data).
You should complete an Outline Proposal sheet. You need a
workable hypothesis, sub-questions and have the enquiry design.
July- Before Summer Break.
2. Collect your data
Make sure you have done a FULL risk assessment. This form
goes in your appendix section afterwards.
Have you made sure your fieldwork equipment is available when
you need it
Make sure you have permission to access any site (in advance)
and that any secondary data you need is available to you.
Seek guidance tutorial chats with the teachers.
By October – if you are to sit the January exam.
3. Writing Up
the advice that we have provided
the 5 stage enquiry process
what to include in each section. November
The writing up always takes longer than you would like. You must leave
enough time for this. You will lose marks if you have rushed this. Make
sure you follow the guidance in the mark scheme General
Presentation. This is good training for HEd.
Before Xmas Break
…. Sit the actual G3 exam either Jan or June (or BOTH)