Subject Leader: Miss Naomi Alford

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What are we studying?

We are following AQA (Linear)

Students will explore case studies from the United Kingdom, higher income countries, newly emerging economies and lower income countries. Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students will also be encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Subject content

Living with the physical environment - 35% of GCSE

  • ·Section A: The natural challenge of natural hazards.
  • ·Section B: physical landscapes in the UK.
  • ·Section C: the living world.
  • ·Geographical skills.

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology).

Challenges in the human environment—35% of GCSE

  • ·Section A: Urban issues and challenges.
  • ·Section B: The changing economic world.
  • ·Section C: The challenge of resource management.
  • ·Geographical skills.

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology).

Geographical applications—30% of GCSE

  • ·Section A: Issue evaluation.
  • ·Section B: Fieldwork (two geographical enquiries, each of which must include the use of primary data , collected as part of a fieldwork exercise).
  • ·Geographical skills.

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology).

How are we grouped?

Students are placed in classes based on their option block choices. Some classes are mixed ability and some are streamed based on students’ target grades.

What home learning are we expected to do?

Home learning is set weekly and should take between 60-90 minutes to complete. In addition to this, students are expected to work independently. This would include keeping up with geographical issues as they are reported in the news and reading around their class notes.

What can parents do to help?

Geography is all around us. Seize every opportunity to discuss with your child what is happening in the environment, whether it is a local issue or something that has caught the attention of the global media. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where we have access to high quality documentaries. These serve as an excellent tool for independent study and discussion at home.