Geography - Key Stage 4

Aim: The Geography Department follows the new AQA GCSE Geography A specification. This curriculum allows students to progress with their knowledge and skills developed in KS 3, while challenging them further. The modules chosen develop the pupils understanding of the world. Investigating the impacts nature has on human development and the effect we have on the natural environment. The schemes of work have been designed to allow for enquiry based learning and encourages students to ask questions about the world they live in.

Key Stage 4 Programme of Study and Assessment Schedule

At Key Stage 4 students are assessed using GCSE exam questions half way through the unit and at the end of a unit. As well, quick progress checks are done throughout the course. After each exam, students will be given a personal target which is written and stored at the back of their book to remind students, teachers and parents throughout the year.

 Term 1Term 2Term 3
Year 10

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The Restless Earth

Mid-unit exam Oct

End-of-unit exam Nov

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Population change

Mid-unit exam Jan

End-of-unit exam Feb

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Changing urban environment

Mid-unit exam Feb

End-of-unit exam March

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Fieldwork

Controlled assessment

March-June

Year 11

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Water on the land

Mid-unit exam Oct

End-of-unit exam Nov

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Challenge of weather & climate

Mid-unit exam Jan

End-of-unit  exam Feb

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Globalisation

Mid-unit exam March

End-of-unit exam April

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Revision & examination practice

 

 

Assessment

The aim is to impress the examiner with your knowledge, understanding and skills to gain the best possible grades you can. To do this each student will sit 2 examination papers and produce a piece of coursework. Below is a breakdown of the units covered on each paper and how they contribute to the overall grade. The topics highlighted in dark blue are the topics which are covered in class.

To help students prepare for the finial examination, through lessons and homework, all students will have plenty of examination practice, access to past papers, afterschool revision sessions, progress checks, keep an exam portfolio and be regularly tested to both monitor progress and allow for individual targets to be set.

Unit 1 Examination: Physical Geography (Worth 37.5%)

Paper 3H (Higher) or Paper 1F (Foundation), consisting of:

Section ASection B
  • The Restless Earth
  • Rocks, Resources & Scenery
  • Challenges of Weather and Climate
  • Living World
  • Water on the Land
  • Ice on the Land
  • The Coastal Zone

You must answer one question from Section A, one question from Section B plus a free choice of one other. Each questions contains short 2-4 marks questions at the beginning leading onto one extended question of 8 marks at the end. Time allowed is 1hr 30 min. Time allocated to each question is: 30 min.

Unit 2 Examination: Human Geography (Worth 37.5%)

Paper 4H (Higher) or Paper 2F (Foundation), consisting of:

Section ASection B
  • Population Change
  • Changing Urban Environment
  • Changing Rural Environments
  • The Development Gap
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism

You must answer one question from Section A, one question from Section B plus a free choice of one other. Each questions contains short 2-4 marks questions at the beginning leading onto one extended question of 8 marks at the end. Time allowed is 1hr 30 min. Time allocated to each question is: 30 min.

Unit 3 GCSE Coursework (worth 25%)

This is local fieldwork and once the data has been collected it will be written up in class under controlled conditions.