Geography

 

Why study Geography?

  • Develops your knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area and globally.
  • Enables you to investigate the earth and its people.
  • Study natural features and hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, the weather, as well as coasts, rivers, glacial landscapes and deserts.
  • Practise a range of skills that will be used and sought after by future employers. Eg cartographic skills, graph analysis and problem solving.
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    GCSE Geography is assessed in Year 11 by three examination papers:

    Paper 1: Living with the PHYSICAL environment:
    ALL to be completed. 1 hour 30 min exam – 35%

    • Challenge of Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes weather and climate change)
    • The living world (ecosystems; rainforests and deserts)
    • Physical landscapes in the UK (rivers, coasts, glacial landscapes)
    • Geographical skills (maps, graphs etc)


    Paper 2: Challenges of the HUMAN environment:

    ALL to be completed. 1 hour 30 min exam – 35%

    • Urban issues and challenges: comparing rich and poor countries and the global development gap linked with aid.
    • Resource management: food, water and energy and how to become more sustainable.


    Paper 3: Application of skills and student enquiry

    1 hour 15 min exam – 30%

    • Section A) Pre released booklets to practise on, remember and complete exact same booklet in exam. Evaluations and hypothesis of an investigation related to any topic from paper 1&2.
    • Section B) write up an investigation of two contrasting places interacting with the physical environment. EG impacts of humans on rural and urban areas.


    “Geography holds the key to our future”
    – Michael Palin (TV presenter)

    “Geographers are highly employable” – Elaine Batty (Sheffield Hallam University)