St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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Geography

KEY STAGE 4

What is it?

Geography is the whole world!  The dynamic nature of our Earth means that the world of today will be vastly different to the world of tomorrow. GCSE Geography aims to take pupils on a journey of discovery on how our world works, how it changes and how our population impact on it.

What is the COURSE BREAKDOWN?

Unit 1 Physical Geography: Written Paper 1hr 30mins (37.5%)

Unit 2 Human Geography: Written Paper 1hr 30mins (37.5%)

Unit 3 Local Fieldwork Investigation: Controlled Assessment (25%)

 

What topics would I study in Human Geography?

In the human unit you would study three topics:

Population:  7 billion live on Earth and through this topic you will study the issues this brings!

Globalisation:  The world we live in is more interlinked than ever!  This unit studies the issue of global links and its impact on our everyday lives.

Tourism: People like to travel, whether on package holidays or to new extreme environments.  This topic covers the impacts humans have on the world through tourism.

 

What topics would I study in Physical Geography?

In the physical unit you would study three topics:

The Restless Earth:  This topic covers all things tectonic; Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Fold mountains and Tsunamis!

The Coastal Zone:  The topic covers the ever-changing coastline, its features and how humans use it.

Rocks, Scenery and Landscape: This topic helps you discover the land we live on.  What shapes it, what changes and how we impact upon it!

 

Does it count towards the English EBac?

The short answer is YES.  Geography is one of the 5 GCSEs that can be studied to count towards the English Baccalaureate. 

 

2010-2011 Geography GCSE Results:

  • A* - C 83% 
  • A*-A 42%