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Geography

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Exam Board: AQA

Course: GCSE Geography 8035

Members of Department:

Mrs L. Farrell & Mrs J. Wilson, Joint Head of Geography
Mr. B. Molton

INTRODUCTION

Geography straddles the divide between the Arts and the Sciences and therefore combines well with almost all other GCSE subjects. Geography students have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities such as town and community planning, surveying, environmental consultation, market research, tourism, etc. Students learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These skills are great demand both in further education and the world of work.

 

TRIPS AND VISITS

Year 7 – Gipping Valley River Study and Ipswich CBD Redevelopment study
Year 8 –  Southwold Coastal Erosion and Management
Year 9 –  Tourism in Aldeburgh
Year 10 – Coastal Issues at Walton-on-the-Naze
                 GCSE International Residential (curriculum links) Iceland (2015-17) and California, USA (2018)
Year 11 – Quality of Living Study in an Urban Area

KEY STAGE 3

KS3 pupils are taught Geography twice per week in two discreet 50 minute lessons.


Year 7

  • What is Geography?
  • Mapwork
  • Settlement – where do we live?
  • The British Isles
  • Rivers

Year 8

  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Weather & Climate
  • Ecosystems
  • Brazil
  • Coasts
  • Energy

Year 9

  • Tourism
  • Population and Development
  • Globalisation
  • Resource Management – water and energy
  • Geographical Fieldwork Skills

KEY STAGE 4

KS4 pupils are taught in Option groups for 150 minutes each week. These lessons generally
consist of one single 50 minute lesson, and one double 100 minute lesson.

 

This specification recognises the vital role Geography has in the 21st curriculum by offering students a highly relevant and exciting programme where teaching, learning and assessment are interdependent. The focus of this course is to study Geography through a balance of human and physical themes. It enables students to appreciate the complexity of our world, and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures and to use this knowledge to consider issues of sustainability and awareness of social and spatial inequalities. In addition, it places focus on students’ understanding that different viewpoints, values and attitudes are held on many geographical issues, and challenges them to consider their role in society and their part in creating positive geographical futures. 

OVERVIEW:

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment

·         The challenge of natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms, extreme weather, climate change.

·         The Living world – ecosystems, tropical rainforests, hot deserts.

·         Physical landscapes in the UK –coastal and river landscapes.

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment

·         Urban issues and challenges
the urban world (Rio De Janeiro), urban change in the UK (Bristol), urban sustainability,

·         The changing economic world – the development gap, Nigeria a Newly- Emerging economy, the changing UK economy.

·         The challenge of resource management – resource, water and energy management. 

Unit 3: Geographical applications

·         Issue evaluation

·         Fieldwork (Human and Physical Enquiries)

Geographical skills - assessed in all examinations 

ASSESSMENT:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (including 3 marks for SPGST)

35% of GCSE

 

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (including 3 marks for SPGST)

35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Issue evaluation, fieldwork, geographical skills

Written exam: 1 hour

76 marks (including 6 marks for SPGST)

30% of GCSE

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