Our current Year 11 students are studying the following GCSE course:
The course covers 3 units; Sustainable Decision Making, Geographical Enquiry and Key Geographical Themes.
The key themes include; Rivers and Coasts, Population and Settlement, Natural hazards, Economic development.
- Written technique will require writing extended passages
- Graphic skills including map work and a variety of statistical techniques will be needed
- Research, recording and reporting will use traditional and ICT resources
- Fieldwork will be an essential part of the course. This will be within the local area.
The GCSE is accessed at two tiers. The Foundation Tier is limited to grades 4-1, the Higher Tier is limited to grades 9 – 3.
Controlled Assessment’ (25% of total marks) – The Geographical Enquiry will consist of a fieldwork investigation of a hypothesis or question.
Sustainable Decision Making exam paper – 1 hour 30 minutes (25% of total marks) – based on a sustainable development issue around one of the key themes.
Terminal exam paper – 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of total marks) – this will consist of questions based on the remaining 3 key themes. Questions will be set on a range of issues and include a case study for each theme.
This is an ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue Geography at A Level or as a career, as it covers a wide range of topics to ensure that they become well-rounded geographers, with skills required by the sector.