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Geography A at Huddersfield Grammar School

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  The specification aims to encourage students to improve their knowledge and understanding, decision-making geographical skills and techniques whilst they gain an appreciation of the global environment and citizenship. They will study a variety of topics as the specification is divided into a selection of subject areas which provide a thematic people-environment approach, much of which builds upon work already done lower down the school in Years 7 to 9. At the end of the two year course there will be two examination papers along with a piece of geographical coursework.  


  Paper 1 This lasts for 1½ hours and is worth 40% of the total examination marks. It will consist of two sections; section one will examine the candidate`s geographical skills with reference, for example, to Ordnance Survey map work at either 1:25 000 or 1:50 000 scale and satellite imagery, and section two; where the candidate can select to answer three from a possible seven short structured questions dependent on the thematic areas studied. This paper focuses on People and the Natural Environment. (see the table below). Paper 2 This also lasts for 1½ hours, but is worth 35% of the total examination marks. It will consist of three sections, each with two-resourced based, structured questions, one on each of the topics. Candidates need to answer three questions, one from each section. Again, a selection of questions exist in each section allowing the candidate an element of choice. The focus of this paper is People and the Human Environment. Geographical Fieldwork Investigation This is worth 25% of the marks and involves devising an investigation, collecting data in the field, analysing, evaluating and presenting the project. The use of computers is actively encouraged at home and at school. Section A: Geographical SkillsSection B: Answer three questions from 1. Tectonic Activity2. Rocks and Landscapes3. River Landscapes4. Glacial landscapes5. Coastal Landscapes6. Weather and Climate7. Ecosystems8. People and the Human Environment Three structured questions to be answered: One from:1. Population2. Settlement One from:3. Agriculture4. Industry One from:5. Managing Resources6. Development Differential Tiers - Two levels of examination assessment are available with the AQA GCSE Geography A course. The decision for which tier of entry will be made in January of Y11 after the mock GCSE examinations have been taken. The Foundation Tier provides access to GCSE grades G up to C and the Higher Tier enables candidates to obtain the highest grades from D to A*.

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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