Years 10-11

GCSE Geography – AQA B

The Geography GCSE course is an investigation into the issues that are facing us on a local, national and global scale in the 21st century.  During the two years; students will study the world’s future through people and the environment they live in.  Students will study topics such as the urban environment, living with natural hazards (tectonic activity, hurricanes, wild fires and coasts) and global tourism.  Students will investigate all these issues using current events.

How will I be assessed?

Two pieces of coursework
Task one – Local investigation including fieldwork - 15%
Task two – Geographical issue investigation - 10%

Linear exam:
Unit 1 – Managing Places in the 21st Century - 37.5%
Unit 2 – Hostile World and Investigating the Shrinking World - 37.5%

There are two tiers of entry - Higher (Grades A*-C) and Foundation (Grades C-G).

What will the lessons be like?

Students will take the lead in researching and presenting current topical events.  These issues can be researched using the media and internet, which will enable them to use their own independent information in the examination, relevant to each topic studied.  The course is designed so that students can prepare for understanding the world in which they are going to live and work.

The skills they will learn link to data handling, problem solving, decision making and becoming independent thinkers.

Fieldwork is an important element to the course.  Students will investigate sites of redevelopment and also locations affected by tourism.

Geography is a popular choice at GCSE and is highly regarded by employers.  Geographers are trained to be good decision makers who look at all aspects of a situation.  Some jobs can make direct use of geographical knowledge such as those in tourism, town planning and environmental management and teaching.  Geography is also useful for law, journalism, medicine and working in the media for example, because it combines the understanding of the facts of the sciences with the perception of the arts.