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Geography GCSE

Head of Department: Mr S Aitken

What is GCSE Geography?

Geography is the study of the world in which we live, of places near and far and how they are interconnected with each other and their human, physical and environmental features. It is the study of Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments.

What skills will I develop?

You will learn about physical and human geography topics and learn how to undertake a piece of fieldwork enquiry. Students also learn to study maps, photographs and satellite images; they draw diagrams, graphs, sketches and maps and use computer software to investigate the impacts of climate change and hazards mapping. Literacy and numeracy skills are also developed.

What syllabus will I follow?

AQA Geography GCSE 8035

What will the course look like?

Throughout the two years students will study six topics across a wide range of geographical themes. These will be taught throughout years 10 and 11, with fieldwork being undertaken in the spring of year 11.

Physical Geography: The challenge of natural hazards (tectonics, volcanology, storms and extreme weather), Physical landscapes in the UK (coasts, rivers) and The living world (ecosystems, rainforests and cold environments). 

Human Geography: Urban issues and challenges (population and cities), The changing economic world (development and globalisation), and The challenge of resource management (food, water or energy).

Geographical applications: Pre-release issue evaluation and Geographical fieldwork enquiry. The pre-release material will be prepared for during March/April of year 11.

What homework will I get?

Students will be set past exam questions, consolidation and revision activities and research tasks on a weekly basis for their homework. End of topic tests will be set and evidence of revision is compulsory. Online revision materials and practice tests are also given as homework tasks

How will I be assessed?

Students will sit three exams at the end of the two-year course:                        

Unit 1 – Living with the physical environment.

1 hour 30 exam, 35% overall grade

Unit 2 – Challenges in the human environment

1 hour 30 exam, 35% overall grade

Unit 3 – Geographical applications

1 hour 15 exam, 30% overall grade

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

Geography complements a number of other subjects, namely the sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) and humanities (history and RPE). It also supports maths, further maths and statistics with the work done on field trips. Further study may lead to careers within geographical and environmental study and conservation, business and economics, natural sciences and law. Geography is a subject that is looked upon very highly by higher education institutes and universities.

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

For students to undertake GCSE Geography they must have a keen interest in the subject. There are no strict requirement to complete this course but pupils and parents should be aware there are six topic areas that they will need to know for papers 1 and 2. If you have any further questions about your son/daughters suitability for the course please contact their geography teacher.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

Comberton Learn resources and support

Geographical key word games on Quizlet

GCSE textbooks and revision guides

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