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GCSE Geography at Acland Burghley School

Course description

You will build on and expand geographical knowledge and skills from KS3 to gain a deeper understanding of the world you live in. Much will be new but your previous study of geography will help prepare you to think like a geographer, so the development of new skills and concepts will be easy. You will work in a team with others and learn through investigating and complete practical work away from the classroom Course content The world is always changing. This specification gives you the chance to learn about those changes. There are four units. Unit 1: Dynamic Planet Understanding of the importance of physical processes such as ecosystems, the atmosphere and climate, and the hydrological cycle. These topics are interlinked and this unit is designed to show you how physical geography combines to create a ‘life support system’ for the planet. Unit 2: People and the Planet You will study how populations grow and change, where people live and work, and how they exploit and use resources. There are two additional units of optional study on rivers, cities, development, and oceans. Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions This is a decision-making exercise. You study a specific topic in detail and make decisions about the topic, based on the evidence studied. The skills you will learn in this topic will be valuable in all aspects of this GCSE in Geography, and in the rest of your life. Unit 4: Researching Geography This will involve undertaking research, carrying out fieldwork and then writing it up. The research and fieldwork can be undertaken out of class, but the writing up will all be in class time under controlled conditions. How will I be assessed? Units 1 & 2: Higher and Foundation examination papers. 2 hours - 50% Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions, is a decision-making exercise based on pre-release resources. 1 hour - 25% Unit 4: Researching Geography,is the controlled assessment unit. 25% You will complete fieldwork and data collection for this unit, and analyse and write up your results in class. Head of Department: Ms Wynne

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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