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GCSE Geography Years 10 & 11

Specification

OCR Specification A - The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/geography-a-geographical-themes-j383-from-2016/

What will I study?

Content Overview Course Content Assessment Overview

Living in the UK Today

A focus on UK human and physical Geography taught in Year 10.

Landscapes of the UK

People of the UK 

Environmental Threats to the UK

A one hour paper worth 60 marks.

This unit is worth 30% of the total GCSE.

The World Around Us

A focus on global physical and human geography taught in year 11.

Ecosystems of the Planet 

People of the Planet

Environmental Threats to the UK

A one hour paper worth 60 marks.

This is worth 30% of the total GCSE.

Geographical Skills

A focus on data handling skills and fieldwork taught throughout years 10 and 11.

Geographical Skills

Fieldwork

A one and a half hour paper worth 90 marks.

This is worth 40% of the total GCSE.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork must be undertaken as part of the GCSE course on two occasions.  This fieldwork will take place in two contrasting locations.  In the spring term of Year 10 there is a fieldwork visit to the River Witham to investigate river processes and landscapes and in the Summer term a visit to Lincoln to investigate urban processes and their impacts.  The assessment of fieldwork will take place within the Geographical Skills paper.

How will I learn?

You will learn through reading, writing, discussions, listening, analysing data, developing presentation skills using maps and diagrams, the use of applied programmes in ICT and the use of statistics as an analytical tool.  Geography Information Systems using digital technology are now a requirement for all Geography courses.

What skills and qualities are required?

  • Analytical Skills.
  • Communications skills.
  • Evaluation skills.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Initiative.
  • Independent learning and research skills.
  • Working with others.
  • Self-motivation.

Where could it lead?

Geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work.  We know this is true because so many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide, be it knowing how the world works, planning research and report writing, working in a team, using new technologies and communication skills – and much more.  You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working in the environment to travel and tourism, or in international charities or retail.  Studying geography can help young people achieve careers that are professionally and financially rewarding and also enjoyable.

Year 10

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Landscapes of the UK

Upland and lowland landscapes in the UK.

Geomorphological processes such as weathering, erosion, mass movement, transport and deposition.

River landscapes and Landforms

Coastal Landscapes and landforms.

A case study of a UK river and coastal landscapes.

ICT

Literacy

Classification

Visual imagery

Summarising

Information processing

Map skills

Numeracy

Independent work

Group work

2 The People of the UK

The UK’s place in the world.

The UK’s development gap.

A case study of urban growth and decline in the UK.

The UK’s changing population.

Urban trends in the UK.

A case study of a major city in the UK.

As above

Spring Term
1 Environmental challenges in the UK

UK weather and extreme weather events.

UK flooding case study.

Resource demand and management in the UK.

UK energy mix and energy futures.

As above

2 Skills

Selecting and constructing appropriate data presentation techniques.

Effectively communicating and interpreting geographical information.

Analysing and evaluating geographical information.

Geographical fieldwork in two contrasting environments.

As above

Summer Term
1 Fieldwork projects

 

As above

2 Skills

Selecting and constructing appropriate data presentation techniques.

Effectively communicating and interpreting geographical information.

Analysing and evaluating geographical information.

Geographical fieldwork in two contrasting environments.

As above

Year 11

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Ecosystems of the planet

The nature and concept of ecosystems.

The distribution of global biomes.

The features of the major global biomes from the poles to tropical rainforests, deserts to deciduous forest and the major grasslands.

A case study of human impact and management on a tropical rainforest.

A case study of human impact and management on a major coral reef.

As above

2 People of the planet

Global Development.

A case study of an Emerging Developing Nation.

World Cities and Global Trade.

Patterns and trends in global urbanisation.

A case study of a major global city.

As above

Spring Term
1 & 2

Environmental challenges of the planet

Historical climate change and the natural causes of this.

Present day anthropogenic climate change and the effects of this.

Global atmospheric circulation and extreme weather.

Drought and the causes of drought.

Hurricanes and tropical storms.

As above

Summer Term
1 Revision

 

 

Assessments

Resources Topic Type of assessment
CAT 1 Landscapes and People Exam Style questions – one mark multiple choice to 12 mark extended writing
CAT 2

Landscapes of the UK

People of the UK
Exam Style questions – one mark multiple choice to 12 mark extended writing
CAT 3

Landscapes of the UK

People of the UK

Environmental Threats to the UK

Geographical skills
Exam Style questions – one mark multiple choice to 12 mark extended writing
CAT 4

Landscapes of the UK

People of the UK

Environmental Threats to the UK

Geographical skills

Ecosystems of the Planet
Exam Style questions – one mark multiple choice to 12 mark extended writing
CAT 5

Landscapes of the UK

People of the UK

Environmental Threats to the UK

Geographical skills

Ecosystems of the Planet

People of the Planet
Exam Style questions – one mark multiple choice to 12 mark extended writing
CAT 6

Landscapes of the UK

People of the UK

Environmental Threats to the UK

Geographical skills

Ecosystems of the Planet

People of the Planet

Environmental Threats to the Planet
Exam Style questions – one mark multiple choice to 12 mark extended writing

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Text books All pupils are issued with the OCR A textbook 'Geographical Themes' (published July 2016) All

Recommended websites

 

Geography Department Frog Page

www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

www.metoffice.gov.uk

www.aqa.org.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize/

All
Equipment Pencil crayons, stationary, atlas and textbook All

Enrichment opportunities

Activity Day and time or term
Revision Sessions From January onwards on a Tuesday lunchtime
Wide World GCSE Magazine Subscription Pupils to subscribe to these in September – 4 magazines (Sept, Oct, Feb and April) issued each year.
Year 10 Field Work

River Witham - 17, 18 and 19 March

Lincoln - 16, 17 and 18 June

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