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GCSE Specification: AQA Geography A

In year 10 and 11 you will study for a Geography GCSE

The topics are:

• Physical geography -The Restless Earth, (the causes and consequences of volcanoes and earthquakes) Water on the Land, (how and what landforms are formed by rivers and the causes and consequences of flooding), the Coastal Zone (how and what landforms are formed by the sea, how coastal areas should be managed).

• Human geography – Tourism (the growth of tourism, the advantages and disadvantages of tourism, how tourism should be managed), Changing urban environments, (how different cities are managed, how cities in the developed and developing world differ, how urban growth can be made sustainable), Globalisation, (how industrial growth and the development of services has grown across the world, the effect of global businesses on our lives, how developments in globalisation can made sustainable)

How will I be assessed?

25% of the course is coursework, based on an investigation.

75% of the course is an exam in which 6 questions are answered.

How is it taught?

Geography involves looking at lots of case studies and studying evidence to come to conclusions. We watch lots of video clips and DVDs on current events e.g. earthquakes, floods and tourism. We play lots of geography quizzes, games and simulation activities. We will do lots of fieldwork and visits e.g. river studies, coastal studies, tourist sites in and around Leicestershire, Leicester City Centre, the Natural History museum in London.

Why should I choose Geography?

Because it’s FUN! Geography will help you to develop a knowledge and understanding of current events from the local area to the global. It gives you the opportunity to investigate the earth and its peoples. You will develop a range of useful skills such as map reading, data collection, ICT and problem solving. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world

Where will it lead?

This qualification can be used as an entry qualification to college.

Geography is well respected by employers as it gives you skills such as data collection, ICT and problem solving.

Here are the long term plans for Humanities:

Humanities KS3 & KS4

Humanities KS4 Offer

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