Geography

GCSE Geography

 

Year 10 & 11 GCSE Geography

 

Through the Cambridge IGCSE Geography syllabus, learners will develop a ‘sense of place’ by looking at the world around them on a local, regional and global scale. Learners will examine a range of natural and man-made environments, and study some of the processes which affected their development. They will also look at the ways in which people interact with their environment, and the opportunities and challenges an environment can present, thereby gaining a deeper insight into the different communities and cultures that exist around the world.

Assessment

Linear assessment takes places the end of Year 11 and comprises of three written papers

  • Unit 1: Geographical Themes (75 marks – 45%)
  • Unit 2: Geographical Skills (60 marks – 27.5%).
  • Unit 3: Alternative to Coursework (60 marks – 27.5%)

Subject Content

Students are assessed using three key principles, (AO1) Knowledge with understanding (AO2) Skills and analysis (AO3) Judgement and decision making.

In Year 10 students consider issues of population growth, settlement patterns, plate tectonics, river and coastal systems, climate change. Geographical skills are practised and refined within each of these units.

In Year 11 students consider issues of global development, the growth of tourism, agricultural systems, industrial systems and future trends in energy and water sustainability.

Year 9 GCSE Geography

 

Students complete a series of geographical studies covering a wide range of contemporary issues that is intended to give students a secure knowledge on which to build the GCSE course in Year 10 and 11. It is hoped that students use their sense of wonder about the world around them and begin to cast a more critical geographical eye over this as they try to spot patterns and trends before making their own judgements about how the next generation copes with its relationship with the planet and each other.

Assessment

Modular assessments take place at the end of each half term to assess the competency at that unit. Formative assessment on student work is ongoing and embedded by teachers to meet the developing needs of students. There are no external assessments at this stage of the course..

Subject Content

Students are assessed using three key principles, (AO1) Knowledge with understanding (AO2) Skills and analysis (AO3) Judgement and decision making.

In Year 9 student firstly consider issues of sustainable development through a study of water use and management. The year continues by considering natural disasters, such a Hurricane Katrina, and human responses to these, the growth of India as the next potential superpower, the contrasting rise of China and Russia, population growth and future trends and the protection of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems such as the rainforests of Borneo in Southeast Asia.

 

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