How is this subject assessed?
3 written papers (75%), using a question/answer booklet
2 Controlled assessments (25%)
There are two tiers of entry Higher (A* – D), Foundation (C-G).
|Unit 1: 30%GCSE Unit 1 Exam June 2012 1 hour
A compulsory stepped question based on Themes 1
and 2, using resources including photographs, maps
graphs etc. Unit 3a Controlled Assessment 10%
– The Issue (10 hours)
|Unit 2: 45% GCSE Unit 2 Exam June 2013Section A 30 mins
A compulsory stepped question based on Theme 3, using
resources Section B 1 ½ hours Decision making paper responding
to data and information.
Unit 3b Controlled Assessment: 15% The Enquiry (13hours)
3 Themes are studied – using real local, national and global case studies
UNIT 1: CHALLENGES AND INTERACTIONS IN GEOGRAPHY
Theme 1: Challenges of Living in a Built Environment – Looks at where people live and the inequalities that exist in housing and service provision around the world, why people migrate and its effects, how urban and rural areas are changing, the conflicts arising between different groups of people and what towns and cities of the future should be like.
Theme 2: People and the Natural World Interactions – Looks at how people’s activities and quality of life are influenced by weather and climate; and the effect of hazards such as hurricanes, floods and droughts on people and the environment. This theme also investigates how different coastal and river landforms develop and people’s interactions with them.
Unit 2 A: People Work and Development
Theme 3: People Work and Development – Looks at the different ways people make a living in different parts of the world, why some countries are richer and more developed than others, how poverty affects a person’s life chances, international trade and aid, the effect economic activity has on the environment and climate.
Unit 2 B: Decision Making Exercise
This will be a problem-solving exercise based upon a cross-unit geographical issue. You will be introduced to the place and issue and given options for the future development of the place in question. You will then be required to choose one of the options and justify your chosen solution. (1 ½ hrs)
UNIT 3 CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS
3A: THE ISSUE IS BASED ON RESEARCH. IT EXPLORES DIFFERING GEOGRAPHICAL VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES ON A GEOGRAPHICAL ISSUE.
3B: The Enquiry is a research task based on fieldwork and supportive secondary data. The fieldwork may be residential.
Geography at GCSE is an exciting subject that will involve the students in :
Fieldwork – locally and further afield (it may include a 4 day residential)
ICT – to produce/enhance geographical analysis and enquiry
Discussion and debates
Problem solving and decision making exercises
Research and investigations
Visits to local industries etc
Watching DVDs/news programmes for case studies
Using a variety of different types of resources
Powerpoint / movie maker presentations
There has never been a better time to study Geography. It leads to a qualification which links to many other subjects and is highly valued by employers!