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Key Stage 4

Geography in Years 10 & 11

Key Stage 4 Overview

Key Stage 4 Overview

At Altrincham College, the students follow the WJEC/ Eduqas Specification B examination board curriculum at GCSE. Further information can be found on the boards’ website www.eduqas.co.uk.

The specification builds upon the key concepts and skills which our students developed at key Stage 3, and in turn prepares candidates to progress to GCE Geography or, indeed, to other GCEs with a humanities or social science.

WJEC/ Eduqas GCSE Geography B aims to enable learners to think ‘like a geographer’.

That is to say, learners will develop the skills necessary to conduct framed enquiries in the classroom and in the field in order to develop their understanding of specialised geographical concepts and current geographical issues.

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

                        Theme 1: Changing Places - Changing Economies

                        Theme 2: Changing Environments

                        Theme 3: Environmental Challenges

GCSE Geography

Year 10

Theme 1: Changing Places - Changing Economies

1.1 Urbanisation in contrasting global cities

1.2 Urban and rural processes and change in the UK

1.3 A global perspective on development issues

 

Theme 2: Changing Environments

2.1: Shaping the landscape - coasts and coastal management

2.2: Shaping the landscape - rivers and river management

 

Fieldwork

An opportunity to explore physical and human processes and the interactions between them during fieldwork experiences. Students collect primary physical and human data, targeting the methodological approaches.

 

Year 11

Theme 2: Changing Environments ( Contd.)

2.3: Weather and climate

2.4: Climate change - cause and effect

 

Fieldwork

An opportunity to explore physical and human processes and the interactions between them during fieldwork experiences. Students collect primary physical and human data, targeting the conceptual framework.

 

Theme 3: Environmental Challenges

3.1: How ecosystems function

3.2: Ecosystems under threat

3.3: Water resources and management

3.4: Desertification

Assessment

Component 1: Investigating Geographical Issues

 

Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

 

40% of the qualification

 

Three structured data response questions. The final part of each question will require an extended response.

Question 1 will assess aspects of Theme 1, Changing Places -

Changing Economies.

Question 2 will assess aspects of Theme 2, Changing

Environments.

Question 3 will assess aspects of Theme 3, Environmental

Challenges.

 

Component 2: Problem Solving Geography

 

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

30% of the qualification

 

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 the candidates to choose a solution and justify their choice in an extended response.

 

Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry

 

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

30% of the qualification

 

 

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.