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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE

GEOGRAPHY (EDX)

GCSE Course Outline

What is Geography?

Geography

'Geography is one of those richly comprehensive subjects, whose relevance is all around us... More than ever we need the geographer's skills and foresight to help us learn about our planet - how we use it and how we abuse it.'
Michael Palin

Geography GCSE - Edexcel A Syllabus

This qualification helps put the student on the path to becoming a Geography specialist by giving them the skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age. The Physical and Human Geography topics in the module include: Changing landscapes of the UK (coasts, rivers and glaciers), Hazards and climate change, Ecosystems, Biodiversity and management, changing Cities, Global development, Resource management (energy and water).

Benefits that GCSE Geography A offers are:

GEOGRAPHY (Edexcel A) GCSE Specification

Unit 1GAO/01: The Physical Environment

1 hour 30 minutes
94 marks (4 SPaG marks)
Worth 37.5% of GCSE

Students will learn about three Physical modules: UK landscape, Hazards, and ecosystems. This will develop their knowledge of places and processes.

In the exam there will be a range of questions (both short, closed-ended question and extended answers), in which the student will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the modules studied.

Unit 1GAO/2: The Human Environment
1 hour 30 minutes
94 marks (4 SPaG marks)
Worth 37.5% of GCSE

Students will learn about three Physical modules: changing cities, global development and resource management (energy and water). This will develop their knowledge of people, cultures, conflicts and management.

In the exam there will be a range of questions (both short, closed-ended question and extended answers), in which the student will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the modules studied.

Unit 1GAO/03: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges
1 hour 30 minutes
64 marks (4 SPaG marks)
Worth 25% of GCSE

Students will conduct a piece of fieldwork in which, they will investigate a hypothesis/question linked to Rivers or Coasts, and Settlements (either challenges facing urban or rural locations).

Candidates will be expected to answer questions on the different stages of the enquiry process. As shown below:

  • Setting the scene
  • Method(s) of data collection
  • Data presentation and analysis
  • Evaluation and conclusion

Furthermore, Students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge and understanding in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Structure Of Course:
This course will be taught for 3x 1 hour lessons per week. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. You must be prepared to read around the topics studied in class.

Core Textbooks

GCSE (9-1) geography specification A: Geographical Themes and Challenges
Rob Clemens, Phillip Crossley, David Flint, Paul Guinness
Pearson - Paperback - ISBN 9781446927755

Geography