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Geography at Wollaston School

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The content of the course is presented in the form of questions for enquiry linked to themes and sub-themes. The 5 themes are: 1. Physical systems and environments 2. Natural hazards and people 3. Economic systems and development 4. Population and settlement 5. Sustainable development The themes provide a framework which covers all the content areas commonly studied in the modern geography classroom. The course is assessed in three ways: 1. A terminal examination at the end of Year 11, which is worth 50% of the final grade. 2. A Decision Making Examination (DME), which is worth 30% of the final grade. 3. One piece of coursework, which is worth 20% of the final grade.  • The examination papers are tiered. Students can complete either a Foundation tiered paper, which will allow students to gain grades C to U. If the students are entered for the Higher tiered paper, they can achieve grades from A* to D. • Candidates may be entered for a different tier on the DME from the tier in the terminal examination. Where students are borderline C/D, then they will usually be advised to take the Foundation tiered papers. Coursework Students need to complete ONE geographical investigation, which MUST be supported by fieldwork, mapwork and the use of ICT. The assessment includes opportunities for using a range of geographical skills. It is planned to complete the coursework unit in the Spring or summer term of Year 10. The students coursework will be marked in three areas: 1. Understanding – up to 10 marks (worth 5%) 2. Application of knowledge and understanding – up to 10 marks (worth 5%) 3. Skills – up to 20 marks (worth 10%). The total for the coursework will therefore be 20% of the final grade. It is assessed internally and then moderated by the examination board. There is a maximum word limit of 2500 words and there should be opportunities for the students to display ICT skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wollaston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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