Key Stage 4

KS4 overview.

Geography is a popular GCSE subject, with over 100 pupils currently studying in our department. Pupils study WJEC specification B GCSE. Across the two years pupils will study three themes which are examined over two exams at the end of Year 11. The exams are worth 75% of the overall GCSE grade.

Theme 1: CHALLENGES OF LIVING IN A BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Housing in MEDC and LEDCs, urbanisation, access to services, retail services, planning issues and pressure on rural areas.

Theme 2: PHYSICAL PROCESSES & RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENTS

River process and landforms, causes and effects of flooding, weather and climate, ecosystems, desertification, coastal processes and coastal management.

Theme 3: UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTS

Employment structures and opportunities, location of industry, trade, interdependence, climate change and world development.

Pupils will have the opportunity to attend a one day field trip to collect primary data to use in their Controlled Assessment which contributes 25% of their final GCSE grade.

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

www.samlearning.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk – keep up to date with geographical news stories.

www.villageafrica.org.uk (Long term aid case study)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

  • Explores the issues of living in rural and urban areas of the UK.
  • Investigates the current housing shortage we have in the UK.
  • Evaluates the impact trade has on the UK’s development.
  • Develops an understating of globalisation on the impact it has on us as British citizens.
  • Investigates the impact natural disasters have in British people.
  • Develops an understanding of how Climate change will affect the UK.
  • Makes student aware of how the UK fits in with Europe and the wider world.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Every year group will have the opportunity to attend a field trip to extend their studies in the classroom. Previous field trips have included:

Year 10 – Cardingmill Valley, studying river processes and landforms

Year 11 – Dovedale, Derbyshire, investigating the impact tourism, has on a rural location.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

Geography is a subject which can form part of the Ebacc qualification. It is a solid academic subject and well respected by universities and employers alike. GCSE Geography provides an excellent opportunity for pupils to have an understanding of our modern world.  It is applicable to many jobs and professions, including town council planning, working in development agencies, landscape design, the leisure and tourist industry, the transport industry, journalism, teaching, advertising and market research.

A GCSE in geography will enable you to study geography, geology and environmental science at A-Level and as a degree. We currently have two past pupils studying geography at Birmingham University.

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