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Geography (GCSE) at St Columba's Catholic Boys' School

Course description

Why study Geography? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want to be able to make informed decisions about where to work, where to live and where to go on holiday? Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to develop skills you will find useful long after you have left school? There has never been a better time to study Geography. It leads to a qualification which links to many other subjects and is highly valued by employers. You will study the following three themes: Theme 1: Challenges of Living in a Built Environment - covering inequalities in urban areas, changing the urban environment and urban-rural interactions, problems of leisure in rural areas. Theme 2: People and the Natural World Interactions - covering the hydrosphere, rivers and coasts, landforms and people weather and climate, ecosystems and an issue of international concern, such as global warming Theme 3: People, Work and Development- covering employment structures and patterns, development, trade and aid, economic activity, and economic activity and the environment. Summary of Assessment: Unit 1: Challenges and Interactions in Geography (30%); Written Paper: 1 hour (F/H); Two compulsory structured questions, one from Theme 1 and one from Theme 2, each containing a choice of case study Unit 2: Development and Problem Solving Geography (45%); Written Paper: 2 hours (F/H) Section A: One compulsory structured question from Theme 3 containing a choice of case study Section B: A cross-unit problem solving exercise structured in three parts Unit 3: Geographical Enquiry (25%); Controlled Assessment; An enquiry based on fieldwork (15%) and an issue based on research (10%) There is a choice between two levels of entry: Foundation and Higher. Tier Grades Available Higher A*, A, B, C, D Foundation C, D, E, F, G You will learn: • Map Skills,GIS • How to use ICT (Information Communication Technology); • How to collect and interpret data gained through fieldwork; • How to make decisions and solve problems. Geography has always proved a popular and successful subject at St.Columba’s and much of this is due to regular homework and the expectation of a high standard of work based on ability.

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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