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KS4 Geography Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Geography A What will I learn? The course will give you an overview of the world in the 21st century and the interaction of people with the planet. It will help you understand environmental and social issues and develop informed opinions about the problems facing us today. The course covers two units: Physical and Human Geography, which are taught through a variety of themes. Candidates will answer three questions, each one based on a theme from each unit. The themes will be studied at a variety of scales and chosen from: Physical Geography: The Restless Earth Rocks Resources and Scenery Challenge of Weather and Climate Living World Water on the Land Ice on the Land The Coastal zone Human Geography Population Change Changing Urban Environments Changing Rural Environments The Development Gap Globalisation Tourism How will I be assessed? There are two written papers: Unit 1 and Unit 2 which are set in two tiers. The Foundation Tier (grades C - G) papers have short structured questions. The Higher Tier (grades A* - D) papers give candidates the opportunity to write more extended answers. Unit 1: Physical Geography lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is 37.5% of the marks. Unit 2: Human Geography lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is 37.5% of the marks. Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation is 25% of the marks. Primary and secondary data is collected for an investigation which is written in school. What could I move onto? Geography is a subject that can help you develop a wide range of skills including literacy, numeracy, team work, independent learning, problem solving, presentation, analysis, evaluation, graphical and cartographical and skills. These skills are sought by many employers. The subject content and skills can help you study Geography at A Level and also many other subjects in the humanities and science. As a result, geographers study a wide range of subjects. Geography can be used as a stepping stone to a wide variety courses in Higher Education and many different careers; including environmental management, planning, law, surveying, education, accountancy, business social services, meteorology, engineering and GIS. Examination Board: AQA
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