GCSE Geography

“Geography stimulates an interest and a sense of wonder about people, places and the environment.”

Qualification

GCSE

Awarding Body

OCR

Course Specification


Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Miss Turner

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

Geography stimulates an interest and a sense of wonder about people, places and the environment. It is a valuable subject that will help learners to make more sense of a complex and dynamically changing world – changes that could one day affect you as well as others. Geography is a very practical subject, with the opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, enquiry, role play and debating techniques. Fieldwork, and work which takes place outside of the classroom, is an important part to the subject of geography. Fieldwork opportunities, both locally and nationally, allow learners to enhance and develop understanding of the topics that they have learnt about in class from a real world approach. This will allow them to see things from a new perspective and of course have fun.

What will I study?

The course consists of three modules:


Module 1

  • The challenge of natural hazards

  • The living world

  • Physical landscapes in the UK

  • Geographical skills


Module 2

 

  • Urban issues and challenges

  • The changing economic world

  • The challenge of resource management

  • Geographical skills


Module 3

  • Issue evaluation

  • Fieldwork

  • Geographical skills

How is the course assessed?

Module 1

 

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

  • 35% of GCSE

Module 2

 

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

  • 35% of GCSE

Module 3

 

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

  • 30% of GCSE

  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Module 3 exam

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