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Geography

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Exam Board: AQA

Course: GCSE Geography A (9030)

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 –   CBD & Redevelopment of Ipswich
                 Gipping Valley river study
Year 8 –   Southwold coastal erosion and management
Year 9 –   Tourism in Aldeburgh
Year 10 – Coastal issues on the Suffolk coast
                 Residential -  Iceland (curriculum links to The Restless Earth)
Year 11 – Norfolk Broads - A National Park Study
                 Suffolk energy for waste

KEY STAGE 3

 

Year 7

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

Year 8

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

Year 9

  • Tourism
  • Population and Development
  • Globalisation
  • China

Students following this syllabus:

  • are encouraged to investigate a range of relevant and topical issues;
  • take part in fieldwork as an integral part of the work;
  • gain a sound knowledge of the subject and a wide range of transferable skills;
  • develop a sense of place and an appreciation of the environment;
  • appreciate the significance of people’s values and attitudes on their perception of the world and their actions within it;
  • develop an appreciation of global citizenship and the ways in which places and environments are interdependent.

KEY STAGE 4

UNIT 1: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

      • The Restless Earth
      • Challenges of Weather and Climate
      • UNIT 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation
      • The Coastal Zone
UNIT 2: HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
  • Tourism
  • Globalisation
  • Changing Urban Environments

Assessment:

Controlled Assessment: 25% - 60 marks

Examination: AQA Specification A

75% - 2 papers one PHYSICAL (75 marks) one HUMAN (84 marks) (37.5% each)

Tiers of Entry: Written examination papers will be targeted at two tiers:

Foundation Tier: G to C grades           Higher Tier: D to A* grades