Grammar and Syntax
Geography is a very popular option subject at GCSE, with candidates developing a wide range of skills, including those of collecting and processing data from different sources, interpreting maps, photographs and satellite images and the use of ICT. The local area offers a diverse range of fieldwork opportunities. Subject topics embrace aspects of the physical environment, economic geography, population, settlement and tourism, and environmental studies. Geography GCSE will leave many A level, further education and career doors open.
Over two years students cover the AQA syllabus, 8035. Link to AQA website.
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, Newly Emerging Economies and Lower Income Countries.
There are 3 units of study in this syllabus.
1. Living with the Physical Environment – This unit looks at physical processes and systems, their dynamic nature and human interaction with them at a range of scales and in a range of places. Topics are; The Challenge of Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK and The living World.
2. Challenges in the Human Environment – This unit investigates human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a range of places, at a variety of scales and must include places in various states of development. Topics are; Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World and The Challenge of Resource Management.
3. Geographical Applications – This unit is designed to have elements of synopticity and is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and appreciation of the inter-relationships between different aspects of geographical study. This unit will include fieldwork opportunities.
Geographical Skills – Students are required to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills. These will be assessed in all three written exams. Ordnance Survey (OS) maps or other map extracts may be used in any of the three exams.
GCSE Scheme of Assessment
This is a linear course and pupils sit three exams at the end of Syntax. The Physical and Human exams, including Skills (Units 1, 2 & 4) are 1 hour 30 minutes each and the Applications exam (Unit 3) is 1 hour. The format of the exam papers will be a mixture of data response, short and long answer questions.