GCSE Geography

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AQA Geography

Homework Expectations

Homework is set to practice skills developed during lessons and also enhance and consolidate knowledge of the unit being studied at the time. This can be in the form of research, map skills or practice questions.

There is also the opportunity for students to complete an independent research task of their choosing, linked to the course or a topical event in order to broaden Geographical knowledge and understanding.

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Information about the course

Unit 1 - Living with the Physical Environment - 35%
Throughout this unit students will focus on the challenge of natural hazards which will include the study of tectonic hazards, tropical storms, extreme weather in the UK and climate change. The living world section encompasses ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts. Physical landscapes in the United Kingdom allows students to look at coastal landscapes and river landscapes.

Unit 2 - Challenges in the Human Environment - 35%
Urban issues and challenges looks at opportunities and challenges in high and low income countries and the contrasts between them. Through the changing economic world there is a focus on the uneven levels of development across the world and looks at a Newly Emerging Economy to see how it is changing economically. The challenge of resource management firstly has a general overview of water, energy and food resources across the world before moving on to look at food resources in the UK.

Unit 3 - Geographical Applications 30%
Section A is an Issue Evaluation where in the exam students will answer structured questions on a theme, leading up to an extended writing task based on the pre-release sources booklet. The theme will arise from the subject content of Units 1 or 2. The theme could combine human and physical aspects.

Section B will be fieldwork questions based on students’ enquiry work and the use of fieldwork materials.

Year 7 / Year 8 - Geography

Information about the course

Geography at Key Stage 3 looks at a variety of human and physical topics on a local, national and international scale and their importance socially, economically and environmentally. Throughout the course students will be developing skills in preparation for Key Stage 4 and beyond, these include the ability to analyse and interpret information which are important and transferable skills.

Each unit relates to the world around us and the interactions between people and their environments, ranging from map skills and ecosystems to urbanisation and economic activity. Lessons are planned to stretch students’ knowledge and encourage them to consider impacts and consequences of actions whilst also linking information from across a variety of topics.

Homework Expectations

Homework is set to practice skills developed during lessons and also enhance and consolidate knowledge of the unit being studied at the time. This can be in the form of research, map skills or practice questions.