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Geography

Exam Board: AQA  

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Subject Overview 2017

The aim of the Geography department is to engage students by learning about exciting topics that teach children about the importance of people and the world that we live in. This is done through a variety of different case studies, field visits and topic projects. 

KS3 Year 7: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3 Year 8: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3/4 Year 9: Students study the topic of ‘Risk’ on a local and global level and will develop an understanding of the key issues. They will learn about ‘Tourism’ – particularly focussing on the positive and negative aspects both locally and further afield. This will include a project focussed on managing a budget and planning a holiday! The Year 9 course will finish with a study about ‘Fair Trade’ – this will include a recent media project looking at factory workers and poverty in third world countries, along with producing an assembly and information booklet all about Fair Trade.

GCSE Overview

When choosing their options for GCSE’s, students have to take either History or Geography – they can also choose to take both. These are both extremely popular subjects and equip students with many transferable skills that will support their other studies. Over the course of our two week timetable, students will have 5 one hour lessons. 

Exam Board: AQA Geography A

KS4 Year 10: In Year 10 students will complete a study linked to Physical Geography initially focusing on Hazards. We will learn about the structure of the earth and the causes and consequences of earthquakes, volcanoes and weather hazards. We will also look at Case Studies which will include the earthquakes of Chile and Nepal as well as Typhoon Haiyan and The Somerset Levels Floods.  Our second unit of study focuses on The Living World where we learn about eco systems, tropical rainforests and cold environments, this includes a trip to the Blashford Lakes in Ringwood to look at eco systems in more depth.  Our final area of focus is Physical Landscapes in the UK where we will study Coastal landscapes as well as river landscapes. This unit will include trips to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove to look at how coastal landforms are created through erosion, as well as a trip to Swanage Beach to complete a study on longshore drift.

At the start of Year 11 student will complete two field work investigations, one focusing on physical Geography and one focusing on human Geography.  These investigations will be worth 25% towards the final GCSE grade. 

KS4 Year 11: In Year 11 students will complete a study linked to Human Geography. Initially this will include a study on Urban Issues and Challenges which include, global patterns and urban change, urban growth in a city, changes in cities and sustainability.  We will use case studies in our learning which will include, Rio de Janeiro, Bristol and Freiburg in Germany. We will also focus on The Changing Economic World where we will study the development gap, economic growth in Nigeria and the UKs changing economy.  Our final area of focus is The Challenge of Resource Management where we will focus on food resources.

Exam Details:

Paper 1:Living with the physical environment + Paper 2:Challenges in the human environment + Paper 3:Geographical applications

What is assessed?

  • The challenge of natural hazards 
  • The living worlds
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Geographical skills
 

What is assessed?

  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Geographical skills
 

What is assessed?

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical skills

How it is assessed:

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks(inc 3 marks for spelling, punctuation,grammar and specialist terminology
  • non-calculator
  • 35% of the GCSE

 

 

How it is assessed:

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 (including 3 marks for SPaG marks
  • calculator
  • 35% of the GCSE
 

How it is assessed:

  • written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (inc 6 marks for SPaG
  • calculator
  • 30% of the GCSE
  • pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam.

Questions:

Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)

Section B: answer all questions (25 marks)

Section C: answer any 2 questions from questions 3,4 & 5 (30 marks)

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

 

Questions:

Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)

Section B: answer all questions (30 marks)

Section C; answer question 3 and one from questions 4,5 or 6 (25 marks)

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

 

Questions:

Section A: answer all questions (37 marks)

Section B: answer all questions (39 marks)

Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose