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GCSE Geography

Geography helps to make sense of the world around you.  The current GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards- to name but a few.  The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world, and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our planet.  Fieldwork is a really important part of geography.  There is an opportunity for all students to investigate local issues in Cambridge and to assess the effectiveness of sea defences in Sheringham.  Some GCSE students also have the chance to explore further afield in our abroad residential.  All trips will be a brilliant and fun opportunity to experience some of the things learnt in the classroom.  Our GCSE students have been extremely successful with 73% of students last year achieving grades 9-4 and 32% of students achieving grades 9-7 compared to the national average of 65% and 24%, respectively.

Geography has a large overlap with many other subjects due to the transferable skills that are developed through studying it. These skills include but are not limited to; communication, decision making, analytical skills, the ability to evaluate data and being versatile to work in different environments.  These are attributable to why Geography is one of the most employable subjects at degree level.

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.