GCSE Geography Exam board -WJEC B Updated from 2012 Theme titles: 1. Challenges of Living in a Built Environment2. Physical Processes & Relationships between people and the environment 3. People, Work & Development Abbeyfield School – Chippenham http://abbeyfieldhumanities.blogspot.com
Theme 1 - Challenges of Living in a Built EnvInequalities• Exploring those that exist in urban areas in the UK and further afield, including the reasons for differences in quality of life in one town or cityChanging urban environment• Self help schemes - worldwide• Re-development of urban areas• Improving access to water supply• Improving squatter settlementsRural-urban interaction• Effect of changing village life due to counter- urbanisation• Commuter villages• Effect of holiday homes on village life• Impact of refugees on host country• Access to national parks
Theme 2 - Physical ProcessesWeather• UK weather patterns• Reasons for the weather we get, impact of weather events on our lives• Storms, hurricanes and droughtsClimate patterns• Exploring how and why climate varies around the worldClimatic change• Global warming and rising sea levels• Desertification• Acid rain• Human impact upon the environmentEcosystems• Tropical rainforest ecosystems, boreal forest ecosystems, and the impact human activity is having on the natural systems• Role of sustainable development)
Rivers• Formation of natural landforms, such as waterfalls, meanders and deltas• Flooding problems in the UK in last few years and reasons for thisCoasts• Coastal processes and landforms, such as formation of cliffs, caves, stacks and beaches• How human activity is affecting the natural processes that occur along the coast• Cliff erosion and coastal management schemes• Impact of tourism at the coastWater Management schemes• How do we provide enough water for the needs of an ever-growing global population?
Theme 3 - People, Work & DevelopmentEmployment structures• How industry effects the wealth of countries around the world• Impact of technology on jobsTrade and aid• How trade effects a country’s wealth together with the notion of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ aid,• Effect of globalisation on local cultures e.g. fashion, food, music etcEconomic activity• Types of work,• Changes in industry over time and the effect these changes have on communities e.g. New investment in Swindon; changing patterns in South WalesEconomic activity and the environment• Effect of various industries on the environment e.g. Over- fishing in the North Sea, deforestation in Amazonia and tourism in our National Parks
How will you be assessed in Geography?Theme Title Duration Weighting 1&2 Paper 1&2 - Exam 1 hour 30% (foundation or higher tier) 3 Paper 3 Exam + problem 2 hours 45% solving (foundation or higher tier) Controlled Assessment 18 hours – 25% One task controlled and completed in school Students will sit two exam papers in Year 11 – Either higher or foundation tier(Foundation Tier = C – G grade) (Higher Tier = A* - D grade)
Student support for successAt Abbeyfield we provide comprehensive support for students studying GCSE geography to ensure that they have the best chance to succeed We believe that is why the 3 year average GCSE Geography pass rate at Abbeyfield is 90% A*-C (2010-2012) National average 69%
Student supportOn the website – http://abbeyfieldhumanities.blogspot.com