Now that subjects have released their “advanced information” for each subject, I keep getting asked by students about how to use the information. The JCQ says; Each awarding organisation will provide advance information on the focus of the content of summer 2022 exams in the majority of subjects at GCSE, AS and A level. The policy intention of providing advance information is that it will support students’ revision.
From my point of view a long list of very open topic areas have been given which isn’t that helpful to narrow down revision. The most helpful is seeing what won’t be explicitly assessed, otherwise it is a very vague and open ended set of topic. Lots of topics listed could easily be integrated so it is important to be revising for questions like this rather than for questions assessing topic areas in isolation. Topic areas not mentioned could be highly useful for questions that do feature, so still very good to revise these topics that have links to other areas of the course. he guidance for quantitative skills is helpful and much more specific – these should be relatively easy questions to practise. Overall, these publications shouldn’t change your revision dramatically – for all topics listed, learn everything and practise past essays well. Also think carefully about whether non explicitly assessed material will be helpful.