GEOGRAPHY - KS4

 

Geography Learning Journey

 

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mrs S Akers-Warburton
Teaching Staff: Mrs S Wainwright, Mrs R Jones
Link Governor: Mrs G Sinnott

COURSE INFORMATION

GCSE Geography builds upon the themes and skills developed throughout Key Stage 3 with three broad strands being further developed towards GCSE:

  • Contextual world knowledge of locations, places & geographical features
  • Understanding of the conditions, processes & interactions that explain geographical features, distribution patterns, & changes over time & space
  • Competence in geographical enquiry, & the application of skills in observing, collecting, analysing, evaluating & communicating geographical information

GCSE Geography consists of three examinations which aim to develop a range of skills essential to the subject. Students follow the AQA specification.

COURSE CONTENT

The content is split into four units: 1. Living with the physical environment, 2. Challenges in the human environment, 3. Geographical applications and 4. Geographical skills.

In units 1 and 2 the content is split into sections, with each section focusing on a particular geographical theme. Unit 3 involves fieldwork and an issue evaluation. Unit 4 focuses on the geographical skills that students are required to develop and demonstrate.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

  • Paper 1 – Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes. 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG)) 35% of GCSE
  • Paper 2 – Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes. 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG) 35% of GCSE
  • Paper 3 – Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes. 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG) 30% of GCSE

Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam.

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Geography specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales (15%).
  • AO2: Demonstrate geographical understanding of: concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes; the interrelationships between places, environments and processes (25%).
  • AO3: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements (35%, including 10% applied to fieldwork context(s)).
  • AO4: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings (25%, including 5% used to respond to fieldwork data and context(s)).

YEAR 10

   

TERM

UNIT OF STUDY

KEY SKILLS / LEARNING

Autumn

Ecosystems
Physical fieldwork
Tropical Rainforests
Resource management

Maths skills
Describing patterns
Evaluating impacts
Using GIS
Categorising information

Spring

Hot deserts
The development gap
Coasts

Describing patterns, distribution and trends
Labelling and annotating sketches
Describing landscape and land use from photos
Maths skills
Interpreting a range of maps
Evaluating impacts
Using GIS

Summer

Urban change in the UK
Sustainable urban development

Describing landscape and land use from photos
Maths skills
Interpreting a range of maps
Labelling and annotating sketches
Describing patterns
Evaluating impacts
Using GIS

YEAR 11

   

Autumn

Human fieldwork
Rivers
The changing UK economy

Maths skills
Interpreting a range of maps
Describing patterns
Evaluating impacts
Categorising information

Spring

Nigeria (a NEE)
Pre-release
Geographical skills

Interpreting a range of maps
Describing patterns
Maths skills
Evaluating impacts
Decision making
Categorising information

Summer

Course Complete 

 

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • GCSE School visit to Italy.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

A LEVEL/BTEC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Students are usually required to have a 9 - 5 pass at GCSE to enter AS/A2.
  • A Level Courses: Geography, Geology.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Enquire the about the topics studied and encourage them to follow geography_cat on Instagram. Ensure they join the SENECA learning platform.

WHERE TO GO:

  • Lake District/Snowdonia to see glaciated scenery
  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • The Eden project, Cornwall.

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • YouTube videos about the course topics
  • National Geographic
  • David Attenborough documentaries (Planet earth, Our Planet, Blue planet, Seven worlds, one planet)
  • Michael Palin documentaries (Around the world in 80 days, Full Circle, Pole to pole, Himalaya, Sahara)
  • Slumdog Millionaire.

WHAT TO READ:

  • Factfulness – Hans Rosling
  • Geography – Danny Dowling and Carl Lee
  • Adventures in the Anthropocene – Gaia Vince
  • There is no Planet B – Mike Berners-Lee
  • How population change will transform our world – Sarah Harper
  • A short history of everything – Bill Bryson
  • Displaced – Malala Yousafzai

ONLINE:

 

BBC bitesize

 

Geo Resources

 

Revision Notes

 

Letts Revision

 

Revision World

 

FUTURE CAREERS:

Geography is an intellectually challenging subject and as such, geographers are highly sought after by employers. There is a wide variety of career options and management positions for geographers to consider including architecture, civil engineering, dentistry, law, medicine and veterinary science. Many new career opportunities are linked with climate change, carbon neutral economies, sustainability and risk/hazard management.