WHY STUDY GEOGRAPHY?
“Geography is the spatial science; helping us all to better understand the world’s people, places and environments and the interactions between them – whether at the local, national or global scales.”
Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Geography is recognised by the Government as one of the family of English Baccalaureate GCSE subjects. Studying Geography will enable you to better understand the world in which you live and the challenges which it faces in the 21st century. It will go very well with all of your other academic subjects including History or Philosophy and Ethics.
We will offer the new Edexcel B specification from September 2016. This organises ideas thematically according to place across three components. Each component includes a mixture of Human and Physical Geography.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
You will sit three examinations at the end of Year 11. This course is only assessed by exam.
1. Global Geographical Issues. You will study three topics in this unit
· Hazardous Earth which includes the world’s climate, climate change, tropical cyclones and tectonic hazards
· Development Dynamics which includes study of global inequalities, economic growth and development in an emerging country
· Challenges of an Urbanising World which includes how and why cities change over time, megacities and challenges of population growth.
This exam will be 1½ hours long and worth 37.5% of your grade
2. UK Geographical Issues You will study two topics and complete fieldwork in this unit.
· The UK’s evolving physical landscape including geology, coasts and rivers.
· The UK’s evolving human landscape including population, economic change, the challenges faced by both cities and rural environments.
· There is a requirement to complete two days fieldwork in this component.
This exam will be 1½ hours long and worth 37.5% of your grade. It will include questions designed to assess your ability to understand a geographical enquiry process and how to complete fieldwork.
3. People and Environment Issues. You will study three topics and develop decision making skills.
· People and the biosphere which examines the world’s biomes.
· Forests under threat which explores the threats and management options facing different forest biomes.
· Consuming energy resources considers our energy needs and how we should meet these in the future.
This exam will be 1½ hours long and worth 25% of your final grade. It will include an extended written answer asking you to justify a decision.
ANYTHING ELSE TO CONSIDER?
This subject is interesting and relevant but does require a good level of both literacy and numeracy. It provides the opportunity for fieldwork and will complement many other subjects. Looking beyond GCSE this course provides an excellent basis for the Geography A Level course we offer in the Sixth Form, the Russell Group of universities has selected Geography as one of their preferred ‘facilitating’ A Level subjects to support an application to degree courses; and Geography Graduates experience low levels of graduate unemployment due to the wide variety of skills which Geography develops.
For further details of this course, talk to Miss Salmon or your Geography teacher.