GSO Test

Geography

A geographical education is an education for life. It develops in us an enthusiasm and enjoyment of our environments and improves our understanding of the environmental, cultural and economic challenges that face our world today. More and more in recent years Geography has been the place where local, national and international issues have been studied.

 

GCSE Course content

 Our specification enables a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

 Students will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

 The course encourages students to be constructive and independent learners.   Throughout the course the emphasis is on decision making and enquiry based learning, with an entire exam devoted to the former. Great importance is placed on fieldwork and students have, in recent years, had the opportunity of participating in a residential field studies course and this year a fantastic trip to Sicily takes place in April.

 Our aim, in preparing students for the exam, is to get them to think logically, interpret and present information effectively and write concise, accurate reports. A particularly wide range of skills relevant to employment are developed through the learning of geography and its stimulating use of contemporary issues and real world examples. In short, geographical knowledge and understanding is essential for the decision-makers of tomorrow.

 

Assessment

 There are three externally assessed elements:

 Paper 1: Physical Geography (35% of the total marks)

This is a written paper which includes a range of question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose.

Paper 2: Human Geography (35% of the total marks)

This is a written paper which includes a range of question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose.

Paper 3: Geographical Applications (30% of the total marks)

This is a written paper based on pre-released resources which includes a range of question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose.

 

Key Stage 3

Within KS3 Geography, we aim to have a wide and varied syllabus of Human, Physical and Environmental Geography which inspires and motivates young minds based on the National Curriculum. The course is designed to develop local, national and global knowledge and understanding of Geographical processes and issues at KS3.

Year 7

Map Skills

Rivers

Settlement

Land Use

Year 8

Ecosystems

Weather and Climate

Coasts

Energy

Year 9

Natural Hazards

Development

Glaciers

GCSE Step Up

 Future Opportunities

 Due to the nature of the course and the assessment procedures many students are able to reach their potential in Geography, culminating with an academic qualification that is well respected and will place them in very good stead in the future. It provides many of the skills and knowledge required for a variety of A Levels and vocational A Levels, including Geography A Level, travel and tourism, leisure and tourism and leisure and recreation. Employers regard Geography GCSE as evidence that potential employees are aware of their surroundings and possess the high level skills of decision-making, problem solving, analysis and enquiry. Future careers including environmental management, scientific services, management and administration, business and finance, education, law and social services.

 Head of Department – Ms C McDonnell