GEOGRAPHY

Demonstrating greater fluency with world knowledge by drawing on increasing breadth and depth of content and contexts. Extending from the familiar and concrete to the unfamiliar and abstract.  Making greater sense of the world by organising and connecting information and ideas about people, places, processes and environments.  Working with more complex information about the world, including the relevance of people’s attitudes, values and beliefs. Increasing the range and accuracy of investigative skills, and advancing their ability to select and apply these with increasing independence to geographical enquiry.


Geography (Gg)
Exam Board and Specification: Edexcel GCSE Geography A 1GA0

Aim
GCSE Geography allows the opportunity to develop:
communication skills

graphical and cartographical skills
technological skills, including ICT and GIS
interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
literacy and numeracy
problem solving skills
entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities
allow the opportunity for personalised and independent learning
allow the development of ‘awe and wonder’ which will allow candidates to fully
appreciate and learn from the world around them.

Content

The Physical Environment

The changing landscapes of the UK.
Weather hazards and climate change.
Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.

The Human Environment

Changing cities.
Global development.
Resource management.

Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

Geographical investigations − fieldwork
Geographical investigations − UK challenges

Assessment

The Physical Environment

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
37.5% of the qualification
94 marks

The exam includes multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and
8-mark extended writing questions

The Human Environment

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
37.5% of the qualification
94 marks

The exam includes multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and
8-mark extended writing questions

Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
25% of the qualification
64 marks

The exam includes multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations, 8-mark and 12-mark extended writing questions.

Homework
You will be expected to complete regular homework assignments.
For further information contact: Mr R Barclay


Travel and Tourism (Tt)
Exam Board and Specification: Pearson BTEC Award in Travel and Tourism

Aim
The key features of this course are that it’s vocational (a focus on developing skills needed for employment beyond school), and two thirds of the assessment is in-house (coursework and portfolio based).
The qualification is designed to introduce students to the world of travel and tourism in a practical learning environment.


Students will know the key areas within the sector, including tourism as an industry, the UK travel and tourism market, international travel and tourism and customer needs.

Students will develop key skills, such as research, report drafting and writing skills and project management which are essential for future employment opportunities.

Content
You will study the following three units

Travel and Tourism Organisations and Destinations (internally assessed - coursework)
Influences on Global Travel and Tourism (externally assessed – exam)
Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism (internally assessed – coursework)

Students will study all three modules over the two year KS4 period. Two of the modules are assessed by staff at the school and will required a commitment to building up a portfolio of work (Units 1 and 3), Unit 2 is externally assessed in the form of an exam under supervised conditions.

This coursework based approach provides an essential opportunity for students to have control over their progress and build up skills in a progressive way.

Students will need to be prepared to complete regular homework and make a full commitment to the course.

Homework
Regular homework is a necessary part of this course

For further information contact: Mr Barclay