Specification

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Author:  CGP
  • ISBN: 978 1 78294 613 7

Kerboodle

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Course Overview

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment – Years 9-10

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
  • Section B: The living world
  • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment – Year 1135% of GCSE

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

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical Applications

  • Section A: Issue evaluation
  • Section B: Fieldwork

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

Year Plan

Examination dates

Paper 1 – 21st May 2019 (1hr 30mins)
Paper 2 – 5th June 2019 (1hr 30mins)
Paper 3 – 13th June 2019 (1hr 15mins)

Coursework

Course Plan

Time Specification Topic Assessments
Year 9
Summer term Paper 1 Physical Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

Tectonic hazards

Weather hazards

 

1.    Effects of earthquakes Specimen exam question

2.    Tropical storm Haiyan case study key assessment

Year 10
1st half Autumn term Paper 1 Physical Section A: The challenge of natural hazards continued

Climate change

 

1.    End of unit test: Tectonic hazards

2.    End of unit test: Weather hazards & climate change

Paper 1 Physical Section B: The living world

Ecosystems

Tropical rainforests

3.    Tropical rainforest vegetation Specimen exam question

 

2nd half Autumn term Paper 1 Physical Section B: The living world

Cold Environments

1.    End of unit test: Ecosystems & tropical rainforests

2.    Specimen exam question Svalbard development

1st half Spring term Paper 1 Physical Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Coastal landscapes

 

1.    End of unit test: Cold Environments

2.    Landforms along the Swanage coast key assessment

2nd half Spring term Paper 1 Physical Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Glacial landscapes

1.    End of unit test: Coastal landscapes

2.    Glacial landforms found at Cadair Idris key assessment

1st half Summer term Completion of Glacial landscapes

Paper 2 Human Section A: Urban issues and challenges

 

1.    End of unit test: Glacial landscapes

2.    Research assignment Rio case example.

2nd half Summer term Paper 2 Human Section A: Urban issues and challenges continued

 

1.    Year 10 ‘mock’ exam
Year 11
1st half Autumn term Paper 3: Geographical Applications

Section B: Fieldwork

Paper 2 Human Section B:

The changing economic world

 

1.    End of unit test Urban issues and challenges

2.    Activities related to presentation, analysis, evaluation etc. of fieldwork

2nd half Autumn term Paper 2 Human Section B:

The changing economic world

 

1.    End of unit test The Changing economic world
1st half Spring term Paper 2 Human Section C: The challenge of resource management

 

1.    Mock exam
2nd half Spring term Paper 2 Human Section C: The challenge of resource management completion

Paper 3: Geographical Applications

Section A: Issue evaluation

 

1.    End of unit test The Challenge of resource management