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KS4 Geography

The course of GCSE Geography is created by AQA and covers a stimulating blend of traditional and contemporary geography to suit a wide range of students. It combines the study of physical and human geography in discrete, self-contained topic areas. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment.

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Students will develop the links between interdependence of physical environments and the interaction between people and the environment. Students will learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, places and cultures leading to an improved understanding of societies and economies. Furthermore students will develop an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments.

Fieldwork will encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives. Students will use varied resources including maps and visual media as well as complex technologies such as GIS and remote sensing, to obtain, present and analyse information ready for the Paper 3 examination.

Students will develop essential skills such as problem solving, decision making, synthesising ideas, identifying issues and communicating findings through the undertaking of a fieldwork investigation, individually and as part of a team. The Geography specification has strong links with other subjects, including citizenship and ICT, and areas of the curriculum such as science which focus on sustainability and the global dimension.

Course will be assessed in the following ways:

 Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment

Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards

Section B: The Living World

Section C: Physical Landscapes in the UK

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 88 + 3 SPaG marks –35%

 Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment:

Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges

Section B: The Changing Economic World

Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 88 + 3 SPaG marks– 35%

 Paper 3: Geographical applications

Section A: Issue Evaluation

Section B: Fieldwork

Written Paper - 1 hour 15 minutes – 76 + 6 SPaG marks – 30%.