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The study of Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about a place.  It helps you make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world.  It builds on your own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the local to the global.  Geography explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.

How are the topics/units structured?

  • In Year 9, pupils study Physical Geography - Natural Hazards (tectonics, tropical storms and climate change), the Living World (ecosystems such as tropical rainforests and hot deserts) and UK Landscapes (rivers and coasts).
  • In Year 10, pupils study Human Geography - Urban Issues (Rio and Manchester), Changing Economic World (Nigeria and UK Economy) and Resource Management (energy).
  • In Year 11, pupils study Geographical Applications - Issue Evaluation and Fieldwork.  This includes a human and physical fieldwork opportunity.

How will pupils be assessed?

Exam Weight:

Living with the Physical Environment

Paper 1 Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Challenges in the Human Environment

Paper 2 Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Geographical Applications

Paper 3 Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

5% of the marks are allocated to spelling, punctuation, grammar and the quality of the written communication.  There is no coursework or controlled assessment for this course.

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