Throughout Years 9, 10 and 11 students build up their level of understanding of the key GCSE content and develop their geographical skills. Students are taught both human and physical geography through a variety of different locational examples and case studies. The exam board studied at GCSE is AQA.
Topic 1 – Tectonic Hazards
This unit is concerned with the causes of tectonic hazards, such volcanoes and earthquakes, and their impact on people who live locally. Furthermore, the unit discusses a range of different management techniques.
Topic 2 – Weather Hazards
The unit looks at the formation of tropical storms, as well as the causes and impacts and responses to extreme weather in the UK. Hurricane Katrina is studied as a detailed case study.
Topic 3 – Climate Change
This unit discusses the evidence for climate change, its human and natural causes, as well as mitigation and adaptation techniques.
Topic 4 – Urban Issues and Challenges
Students study the movement of large proportions of the population towards towns and cities and the issues that this creates in both high-income and low-income countries.
Topic 1 – The Changing Economic World
This unit looks at the reasons why there is a global uneven distribution of wealth and how we are attempting to reduce global poverty, with specific reference to Nigeria as a case study example.
Topic 2 – The Physical Landscape in the UK – Rivers
Students discover how rivers shape the physical landscapes of the UK, as well as the causes and responses to river flooding.
Topic 3 – The Physical Landscape in the UK – Coasts
Students learn how the coastal landscape of the UK has been created, then how this can lead to conflict and issues. This unit continues to study management techniques for coastal erosion.
Topic 4 – Fieldwork
Students complete two fieldwork investigations, analysing the interactions between human and physical geography. These are completed outside of school for one day trip. On returning to class, students write up their findings and evaluate their investigation methods.
Throughout the year in addition to the content taught, students work through a structured revision schedule.
Topic 1 – Global Ecosystems
Students identify the different climatic and vegetation patterns around the globe, with an in-depth investigation into tropical rainforests and hot desert environments.
Topic 2 – General Resources and Energy
This topic deals with the issues relating to the uneven global distribution of food, water and energy. Students discover management strategies for this, whilst focusing on sustainable energy consumption.
Topic 3 – Decision Making Exercise
In the final 12 weeks before their external examinations students are provided with pre-release material from the exam board. Students analyse this information in preparation for a series of comprehension tasks.