Geography

Without Geography you are…  NOWHERE!

Key Stage 3

Geography is an exciting and stimulating subject at Wyvern College that allows you to really know where you are in the world.  We make sure that your lessons help you to understand the world around you and how your actions affect it.  We investigate issues at both a local and global level and really get to grips with what it means to be a global citizen.  We study a wide range of topics; from violent volcanoes to earthquakes to delicate rainforest ecosystems and from raging rivers to what it means to live on $1 a day in some of the world’s poorest countries.  You can be sure that your Geography lessons will allow you to see the world from a whole new perspective!

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography (Sept 2016)

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in Geography B

Awarding Body: WJEC Eduqas, Qualification Accreditation Number: 601/8153/9

Course content

The content of the specification is organised into three broad themes:

Theme 1: Changing Places – Changing Economies (Urbanisation in contrasting global cities; Urban and rural processes and change in the UK; Global perspective on development issues)

Theme 2: Changing Environments (Coasts and coastal management; Rivers and river management; Weather and climate; Climate change – cause and effect)

Theme 3: Environmental Challenges (How ecosystems function; Ecosystems under threat; Water resources and management; Desertification) 

Assessment

Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues             Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (40%)

Three structured data response questions base on the three themes. The final part of each question will require an extended response.

Component 2: Problem Solving Geography                         Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (30%)

This component will assess content from across the themes using a variety of structured data response questions. Part A will introduce an issue and set the geographical context. Part B will outline a number of possible solutions to the issue. Part C will provide an opportunity for you to choose a solution and justify your choice in an extended response.

Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry                           Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (30%)

A written examination in three parts using a variety of structured data response questions some of which will require extended responses. Part A will assess approaches to fieldwork methodology, representation and analysis. Part B will assess how fieldwork enquiry may be used to investigate geography’s conceptual frameworks. Part C will assess the application of broad geographical concepts to a wider UK context and assess the ability to make and justify a decision.

GCSE Geography (Sept 2015)

 WJEC GCSE in GEOGRAPHY A

Awarding Body: WJEC, Qualification Accreditation Number: 600/5143/7

Course content

Unit 1 Core themes
There are three physical and three human themes in Unit 1. Between them, these themes provide students with an overview of the essential knowledge and concepts required for GCSE.  Each theme examines process and pattern before considering management strategies.

The core themes are Water, Climate Change, Living in an Active Zone, Population, Globalisation and Development.

Unit 2 Optional themes

Unit 2 offers choice and flexibility through six optional themes. Three must be studied, including at least one human and one physical theme. This allows students to develop depth of knowledge and understanding in areas they feel are most relevant to their interests and needs.  The optional themes require greater depth of study than the core and candidates should be encouraged to develop a range of case studies. Each theme begins by considering patterns and process before considering recent change. Each places an emphasis on geographical futures, encouraging candidates to apply their understanding of current trends to identify alternate future scenarios and consider sustainable developments.

The three optional themes that will be studied are Our Changing Coast, Living Things and Tourism.

Unit 3 Controlled Assessment

Students complete two pieces of Controlled Assessment.  One is based on fieldwork and the other one is a decision making exercise.

SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT

Unit 1: Core Geography (40%)

Written Paper: 1 hour 45 minutes (F/H)

Six short compulsory structured data response questions, one question from each of the core themes. These questions will each have an element of extended prose.
Unit 2: Options Geography (35%)

Written Paper: 1 hour 15 minutes (F/H)

Three in depth structured data response questions with extended writing – one physical, one human and one other selected from the three physical and three human optional themes.
Unit 3: Geographical Enquiry: (25%)

Controlled Assessment

An enquiry based on fieldwork (10%) and a problem solving decision-making exercise (15%)