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 KS4- GCSE Geography

Students choose Geography because it encompasses the planet they live on, how they live on it and how they can manage it. Geography is all around us and is changing all the time. It is an incredibly relevant subject and as teachers we endeavour to make our teaching of Geography as up to date as possible, consistently using recent examples from around the world.

The department follows the Edexcel syllabus at GCSE (2GA01). There are higher and foundation tier papers available to students. All students are taught in mixed ability groups.

Unit 1: Geographical Skills and challenges 25% (taught in Year 9)

Unit 2: The Natural Environment 25%

Unit 3: The Human Environment 25%

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment 25%

As part of unit 4, students have the opportunity to attend a week long fieldwork trip to Nettlecombe in Somerset or a day trip to Henley.

 

Years 10 & 11

In Geography students study the Edexcel Geography A specification. Throughout their 2 year course students will study 4 units.
Unit 1: Geographical Skills and Challenges – 25% of total GCSE
Section A for this unit covers cartographic skills, graphical skills, geographical enquiry and ICT and GIS skills.
Section B – Challenges for the planet covers issues that have arisen from climate change and sustainable development. Students study the cause, effects and management of issues though a range of examples.
This unit is assessed through a 1-hour, tiered, written examination with a total of 54 marks.
Unit 2: The Natural Environment – 25% of total GCSE
Section A – The physical world covers 3 units: Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes and Tectonic Landscapes. Within this section students will study geographical processes in the 3 environments. Through exemplification they will examine the human and physical effects of natural processes and study management strategies.
Section B – A wasteful world covers environmental issues and sustainable management of waste and resources.
This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination with a total of 69 marks.
Unit 3: The Human Environment – 25% of total GCSE
Section A – The human world covers 3 units: Economic change, settlement change and population change. Within this section students study economic locations and changes in economic sectors. The factors affecting settlements and changing land use in urban areas. Population growth and distribution and the characteristics of population.
Section B – A tourist’s world covers the growth of the tourist industry, resort development, the impacts of the tourist industry and eco-tourism.
This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination with a total of 69 marks.
Unit 4 : Controlled Assessment
25% of total GCSE
In the summer term of year 10 students complete a fieldwork investigation. The investigation is assessed over the following areas: purpose of investigation, methods of collecting data, methods of presenting data, analysis and conclusions, evaluation, and planning and organisation.
Edexcel website – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

 

BTEC

The department also offers a Level 2 BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism. This course is a vocational course which is 75% coursework and 25% exam. Students cover 4 units:

UNIT 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Industry (external exam)

UNIT 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations

UNIT 5: Understanding the Nature and Effects of World Travel.

UNIT 6: The Travel and Tourism Customer Service Experience

To view the exam board website for Travel & Tourism – please click here