Geography

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Type of course:  GCSE
 
How is the course assessed?
 
3 examinations in the final summer term
 
Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
1hr 30 minutes
Marks award for SPAG
35% of GCSE
 
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
1hr 30 minutes
Marks award for SPAG
35% of GCSE
 
Paper 3: Geographical applications and skills
1 hr 15 minutes
Marks awarded for SPAG 
30% of GCSE
 
What topics/ units will you study?
 
Unit 1: Living with the physical environment – Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK.
Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment – Urban issues, Resource Management
Unit 3: Geographical applications and skills – Fieldwork 
 
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
 
Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. As such this course suits people who work hard; work well on their own and in groups, like to debate and discuss issues, and have a curiosity about current issues surrounding the planet. The course is also suited to people who can interpret data and therefore a good grasp of numbers is preferable as is the ability to write extended answers.
 
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
 
Two field trips, Salford Quays and Rhyll, North Wales take place which focus on the interplay between physical and human geography. Students undertake field work to explore key geographical issues such as urban regeneration and changing coastal features. This is accessed in the Paper 3 exam. 
 
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
 
Geography students at GCSE go on to study A-Levels at college in a variety of different subjects such as Law, Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths and Geography itself. A-Levels in academic subjects such as these provide a sound basis for students to go into employment or continue with education at University. The course develops analytical and problem solving skills which are transferable transfer to a range of jobs such as IT, Finance, Urban Planning, etc. 
 
How will this course help you to get a job?
 
The new Geography GCSE includes work on statistics and extended answers and so it helps support students with both literacy and numeracy. This means students finish the course with many transferable skills which appeal to employers. The ability to interpret data, read maps and graphs and run enquiries to test ideas are key skills valued by employers.
 
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
 
If any further information is required please speak to a member of the Geography department
 
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
 
"Geography is fun and interesting - I've enjoyed learning about tropical rainforests and Svalbard."
Year 10 student
 
"The field trips are very good.  I enjoyed seeing the regeneration in Salford Quays, especially Media City."
Year 11 student