Geography

GEOGRAPHY 

KS3

·        Map Skills (Information)

·        Rainforests (Describe & Explain)

·        Weather & Climate (Investigation)

·        Water World (Investigation)

·        Use of Natural Resources (Investigation)

·        World Development (Decision-making)

·        Urbanisation (Compare & Contrast)

·        Himalayas and Plate Tectonics (Evaluate)

·        Globalisation (Decision-Making)

​GCSE Geography

QUALIFICATION:  GCSE

EXAMINATION BOARD:  AQA

ASSESSMENT AND COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Unit 1 – Living with the physical environment (35%)

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

Students will be able to learn about natural hazards, weather hazards and the causes and impacts of climate change.

Section B: The living world

Students will be able to learn about the biosphere and different types of ecosystems that exist which include the tropical rainforest and hot deserts.

Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Students will be able to learn about the coastal landscapes and glacial landscapes of the UK.

 

Unit 2 – Challenges in the human environment (35%)

Section A: Urban issues and challenges

Students will be able to learn about the growth of urban areas in HIC and LIC through migration as well as the social, environmental and economic challenges and opportunities this presents.

Section B: The changing economic world

Students will be able to learn about the variations in economic development, strategies for reducing the development gap and look at the rapid economic development of LICs and NEEs and how this can affect the UKs economy.

Section C: The challenge of resource management

Students will be able to learn about the fundamental resources needed for human development and learn about the challenge of food as a resource

 

Unit 3 – Geographical applications (30%)

The students here will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the other two units to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the relationships between different aspects of geographical study.

Section A: Issue evaluation

Students will learn to become critical thinkers and problem solvers as be able to apply geographical skills and knowledge to particular issues.

Section B: Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an essential aspect of geography that allows students to relate the geographical learning to real experiences. The students will need to undertake two fieldworks to carry out primary data which will link with subject content.

 

Component

%

Assessed

Unit 1

Living with the physical environment

35%

Written exam: 1hr 30 minutes at the end of year 11

Unit 2

Challenges in the human environment

35%

Written exam: 1hr 30 minutes at the end of year 11

Unit 3

Geographical applications

30%

Written exam: 1hr 15 minutes at the end of year 11

 

WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY?

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. You will have the opportunity to investigate topical events around the world, using media, satellite images, internet and specific case studies. Geographers are also highly employable.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

Students will gain a full GCSE in Geography, whilst acquiring valuable skills. Whatever your passion for the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality - geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.