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KS4

Key Course Information

The GCSE Geography course follows the AQA exam Specification.

There are 3 terminal exams:

Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment.

This unit involves a study of Hazards (geological and meteorological), UK landscapes (rivers and coasts) and The Living World (tropical rainforests and cold environments)

Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

This involves a study of Urban Issues and challenges (London and Rio), Changing Economic World (Nigeria and UK), Challenge of resource management (global water management)

Paper 3: Geographical Applications and Skills

This involves student fieldwork (human fieldwork in Stratford and physical fieldwork in Carding Mill Valley) and an issue evaluation based on pre-release materials.

 

The three year plan below is for the current year 9s (September 2017). Current year 10s and 11s are working through the Unit 1 topics first, following with the Unit 2 topics, then finishing with Unit 3.

Year 9
                          Topic           Skills
Autumn 1 Unit 1: The challenge of natural hazards – geological hazards
  • Defining and classifying hazards according to geological and meteorological
  • Interpretation of hazard maps, describing the location of hazards distribution across the globe.
  • Explaining the processes that take place at constructive, destructive, conservative and collision boundaries
  • Be able to recall specific facts, causes consequences and responses to a tectonic event.
Autumn 2 Unit 1: The challenge of natural Hazards – meteorological hazards
  • Know the main air pressure belts across the globe creating climatic zones.
  • Be able to explain how the global circulation of the atmosphere causes extremes in wind, temperature and precipitation.
  • Be able to explain how weather systems can create extreme conditions like drought.
  • Describe the distribution of climatic hazards using maps.
  • Be able to recall specific facts, causes, impacts and responses to climatic events.
  • Analyse patterns of climate change since the beginning of the quaternary period.
  • Make judgments about the evidence relating to climate change.
  • Outline the main causes, impacts and responses to climate change in the 21st century.
Spring 1& 2 Unit 2: Urban issues and challenges
  • Analyse patterns of global urbanisation
  • Case study to be able to explain the social and economic challenges, management of the environment and squatter settlements in Rio de Janeiro
  • Case study to be able to explain the social and economic opportunities and challenges, management of the environment and regeneration in London.
Summer 1 Unit 1: Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Be able to locate key geographical features of the UK (mountains, cities etc)
  • To be able to explain how rivers shape the landscape through processes of erosion, transportation and deposition.
  • To be able to use a case study to identify features of a UK river
  • To be able to analyse the impacts of flooding through a UK case study
Summer 2 Paper 3 preparation
  • Fieldwork skills – how to investigate a geographical issue, collect data, analyse and interpret data, draw conclusions and evaluate the effectiveness of the fieldwork experience
Year 10
                         Topic           Skills
Autumn 1 Unit 1: Physical landscapes in the UK
  • To be able to explain how the coastline is shaped through the processes of erosion, transportation and deposition
  • To be able to describe and explain the formation of erosional and depositional landforms
  • To be able to evaluate the sustainability of hard and soft engineering management strategies
  • To be able to use a case study to explain the impacts of coastal erosion and examine the effectiveness of coastal defences

Autumn 2

& Spring 1
 

Unit 2: Changing Economic World
  • To be able to understand how development is measured
  • To be able to describe the causes and consequences of uneven development
  • To be able to explain the effectiveness of the strategies used to reduce the development gap.
  • To use a case study (Nigeria) to examine how a country has managed to develop from a LIC to an NEE and the benefits and problems associated.
  • To compare the growth of an NEE to the economic growth of a HIC (UK).
Spring 2 & Summer 1 Unit 1: The Living Wrld
  • To understand the components of an ecosystem.
  • To be able to describe the distribution of ecosystems and biomes.
  • To understand the distinctive characteristics of tropical rainforests
  • The causes and consequences of deforestation
  • To be able to describe the threats to and the management of the tropical rainforest
  • Cold climate ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Development opportunities and challenges
  • Protection of cold environments 
Summer 2 Unit 3 preparation
  • Fieldwork skills – how to investigate a geographical issue, collect data, analyse and interpret data, draw conclusions and evaluate the effectiveness of the fieldwork experience
Year 11
                         Topic           Skills

Autumn

1 & 2
 

Unit 2: Resource Management

  • To be able to describe the distribution of resources (food, water and energy) around the world.
  • To be able to explain why there are differences between the level of resources.
  • To be able to explain the reasons for a demand in water supply, and the problems associated with this.
  • To be able to use a case study to understand strategies used to increase water supply.
  • To be able to use a case study to understand the move towards a sustainable resource future.
Spring 1 Unit 3 Issue Evaluation
  • To be able to understand the information given in the pre-release resource booklet.
  • To be able to use the information to draw conclusions about the topic in the resource booklet.
  • To be able to make a decision about a certain topic using the resource booklet.
Spring 2 Revision   
Summer 1 Exams   
Summer 2 Exams