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GCSE

Living with the physical environment
The challenge of natural hazards
The living world
Physical landscapes in the UK
Geographical skills

Paper 1
Written exam: 1 hour
30 minutes
88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
35 % of GCSE

 

 

Challenges in the human environment
Urban issues and challenges
The changing economic world
The challenge of resource management
Geographical skills

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

 

Geographical applications
Issue evaluation
Fieldwork
Geographical skills

 

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

 

The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

 

 Year 10

 Year 11

 

 Units

 Assessments

 Units

 Assessment

 Autumn    

River landscapes in the UK

The following types of assessment are planned: 
Exam questions
Essays
Fieldwork write ups
Skills based tasks with interpretation
Mini issue evaluation tasks

Urban issues and challenges in the UK. 

The following types of assessment are planned:
Exam questions
Essays
Fieldwork write ups 
Skills based tasks with interpretation 
Mini issue evaluation tasks
The main focus in Year 11 will be examination questions.

Global development
Issues of economic and social development, including a case study of Pakistan as a LIC         (Low Income Country)

Urban issues and challenges in LICs and NEEs
Including a case study of a city in a LIC

 Spring   

Coastal landscapes in the UK

The Living World
Studies of ecosystems at different scales: UK, tropical rainforest and polar environments.

Economic change in the UK

Compulsory fieldwork task

Urban regeneration in Cambridge

Compulsory fieldwork task
Physical and human interaction (Sheringham coast)

Resource management
UK water, energy and global food issues

 Summer   

Natural hazards

Climatic and weather hazards including climate change and tropical storms. Tectonic hazards focusing on earthquake case studies in and LIC and HIC.

Revision and preparation for issue evaluation (pre-released material)

 

 

GCSE Examination
Formal Assessment in exam halls.