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.