Cardinal Heenan

Cardinal Heenan

Catholic High School



Curriculum Leader: Mr L Jones

Geography Curriculum Intent

In Geography we promote a curiosity about the world in which we live. Geography empowers young people to make sense of the world around them. Our students develop skills that are transferable across many other subjects and employment in later life for example using computer based mapping (called GIS), interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills and debating techniques. Geography equips our students with knowledge about diverse places and people, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We aim to inspire in our students a fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

GCSE Geography will provide students with the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. The course will deepen understanding of geographical processes, illuminate the impact of change, highlight the dynamic links and relationships between places and environments at different scales, and develop students’
competence in using geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

Geography GCSE

Course Level: GCSE Exam Board: AQA Course code: 8035

What the course covers
This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

Unit Content
Living with the Physical Environment 35% of final mark Section

Section A: The challenge of natural hazards Section

Section B: Physical landscapes in the UK

Section C: The living world

Challenges in the Human Environment 35% of final mark

Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical Applications and Skills 30% of the final mark
Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork

The role of fieldwork
Fieldwork will be assessed through examination only. It will comprise 15% of the total assessment weighting (of which 5% is allocated to skills and 10% allocated to application). Students taking GCSE geography will be required to have had experiences of fieldwork undertaken in two contrasting environments.

The course will be 100% examination.
Paper 1: Living with the physical environment
Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment
Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 3: Geographical applications
Written examination 1 hour 15 minutes

Where the course can lead
This GCSE course gives a good grounding for A-Level qualifications in Geography, Geology and Earth Sciences. Choosing geography at GCSE can open doors to a university degree, either specifically in geography or by combining geography with other A Levels to gain a place on a degree programme in another subject. Many employers prize the knowledge and skills that
studying geography can provide, be it knowing how the world works, planning, research, report writing, working in a team, using new technologies, communication skills and
much more. You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, in the City, planning, environmental planning and management, travel and tourism, international charities and retail.