Geography GCSE

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Examination Board Eduquas (Specification A)
Subject Leader Mrs Hillier-Brown
Exam board link www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography/gcse-a/
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Course Content:

The overarching aims of this qualification are that students will develop the ability to think ‘like a geographer’. Students will develop the skills to conduct enquiries in the classroom and in the field in order to develop their understanding of specialised geographical concepts and current geographical issues.

Eduqas GCSE Geography (Specification A) develops an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts. Fieldwork is an essential aspect of geographical education and of this qualification. It is placed at the heart of this specification and fieldwork is embedded within the programmes of study.

Students will consolidate and extend their understanding of geographical concepts learned in the classroom by engaging with enquiries conducted outside of the classroom and school grounds. Furthermore, students will be challenged to apply what they have learned through specific fieldwork in local contexts, to the wider context of UK geography.

How is the course structured?

Component 1:
Changing Physical and Human Landscapes (Year 10)

Theme 1: Landscapes and Physical Processes
Theme 2: Rural-urban Links
Theme 3: Coastal Hazards and their Management

Component 2:
Environmental and Development Issues (Year 11)

Theme 4: Weather, Climate and Ecosystems
Theme 5: Development and Resource Issues
Theme 6: Social Development Issues

Component 3: Fieldwork Enquiry (Years 10 & 11)
Part A: approaches to fieldwork methodology, representation and analysis.
Part B: how fieldwork enquiry may be used to investigate geography’s conceptual frameworks
Part C: application of broad geographical concepts to a wider UK context and assess the ability to make and justify a decision.

How is the course assessed?

Component 1:
Changing Physical and Human Landscapes
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of
qualification)

Component 2:
Environmental and Development Issues
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% of
qualification)

Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (30% of
qualification)

Geography Fieldwork Opportunities

Year 10: A one day investigation into the sphere of influence of a honeypot site (coastal location in the south of England) – June

Year 11: A one day investigation into the use of transects within the city of Wells in January.