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Geography gives students the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. This GCSE course will deepen understanding of geographical processes, illuminate the impact of change and of complex people-environments at different scales and develop students' competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches.
The syllabus focuses on a wide variety of issues and builds on the knowledge and understanding developed at Key Stage 3. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed, thoughtful and enquiring citizens.
Exam Course Title: GCSE (9-1) Geography B
Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1GB0 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
Unit 1 paper: 37.5% - written paper, 1 hour 30 min
Unit 2 paper: 37.5% - written paper, 1 hour 30 min
Unit 3 paper: 25% - written paper, 1 hour 30 min
GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4 - years 9, 10 and 11)
Students follow the syllabus below, but not necessarily in the order given:
Unit 1: Global Geographical Issues
(i) Hazardous Earth
(ii) Development Dynamics
(iii) Challenges of an urbanising world
Unit 2: UK Geographical Issues
(i) The UK's evolving physical landscape - coastal change and river processes
(ii) the UK's evolving human landscape - population, economics and one major city study
(iii) Geographical investigations**
Unit 3: People and Environment Issues - Making Geographical Decisions
(i) People and the biosphere
(ii) Forests under threat
(iii) Consuming energy resources
** The Geographical investigations topic require all students to attend two UK fieldwork trips. One will be in a rural area and one will be in an urban area. The cost of this is kept a low as possible, but will need to be funded by parents as the school does not have funds allocated to this area.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
Years 7 and 8 look at many different aspects that affect everyday life. These are studied through the knowledge of topics case studies as well as the use of geographical skills to explore how and why the earth is constantly changing. The topics are designed to help students become global geographers and develop their skills and knowledge in preparation for GCSE.
Across KS3 they will study a number of the below:
Europe is my continent
Climate change and global warming
Weather & Climate
Rivers and Flooding