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GCSE Geography WJEC B @ Abbeyfield

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Presentation outlining the GCSE Geography course offered at Abbeyfield School, Chippenham

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GCSE Geography WJEC B @ Abbeyfield

  1. 1. GCSE Geography You’d be lost without it! WJEC B course from September 2010 Abbeyfield School http://abbeyfieldhumanities.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Who else has achieved success with Geography? <ul><li>Nicholas David James Hodgson is the drummer, backing vocalist and song-writer in the ‘Kaiser Chiefs’. He went onto Trinity & All Saints University College in Horsforth, Leeds where he studied Geography . </li></ul>Sir Matthew Clive Pinsent CBE is an four-time Olympic gold medallist in rowing and broadcaster. After finishing school, Pinsent studied Geography at St. Catherines College in Oxford. John Hammond studied for a Geography degree at Salford University and an MSc in Meteorology before he became a BBC weatherman.
  3. 3. Choose Geography!
  4. 4. GCSE Geography at Abbeyfield School <ul><li>What essential life skills will I acquire? </li></ul><ul><li>Team and group work </li></ul><ul><li>Creative thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Independent enquiry skills </li></ul><ul><li>Self-management skills </li></ul><ul><li>How to solve problems and justify decisions made </li></ul><ul><li>How to collect and interpret data through fieldwork. </li></ul><ul><li>Using secondary data to find out about different peoples, cultures & environments – research and filtering skills </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective, analytical skills and communication skills </li></ul>Geography helps to develop broadminded and capable independent learners who are well equipped to cope with life’s challenges.
  5. 5. GCSE Geography Exam board -WJEC B (www.wjec.co.uk) <ul><li>Unit titles: </li></ul><ul><li>1. People & the Natural World </li></ul><ul><li>2. Challenges of Living in a Built Environment </li></ul><ul><li>3. People, Work & Development </li></ul>Avebury fieldwork
  6. 6. People & the Natural World <ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><li>UK weather patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons for the weather we get, impact of weather events on our lives </li></ul><ul><li>Storms, hurricanes and droughts </li></ul><ul><li>Climate patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring how and why climate varies around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Climatic change </li></ul><ul><li>Global warming and rising sea levels </li></ul><ul><li>Desertification </li></ul><ul><li>Acid rain </li></ul><ul><li>Human impact upon the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Tropical rainforest ecosystems, boreal forest ecosystems, and the impact human activity is having on the natural systems </li></ul><ul><li>Role of sustainable development) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Rivers </li></ul><ul><li>Formation of natural landforms, such as waterfalls, meanders and deltas </li></ul><ul><li>Flooding problems in the UK in last few years and reasons for this </li></ul><ul><li>Coasts </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal processes and landforms, such as formation of cliffs, caves, stacks and beaches </li></ul><ul><li>How human activity is affecting the natural processes that occur along the coast </li></ul><ul><li>Cliff erosion and coastal management schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of tourism at the coast </li></ul><ul><li>Water Management schemes </li></ul><ul><li>How do we provide enough water for the needs of an ever-growing global population? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Challenges of Living in a Built Environment <ul><li>Inequalities </li></ul><ul><li>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 city </li></ul><ul><li>Changing urban environment </li></ul><ul><li>Self help schemes in Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>Re-development of London Docklands </li></ul><ul><li>Improving access to water supply </li></ul><ul><li>Improving squatter settlements </li></ul><ul><li>Rural-urban interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Effect of changing village life due to counter-urbanisation </li></ul><ul><li>Commuter villages </li></ul><ul><li>Effect of holiday homes on village life </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of refugees on host country </li></ul><ul><li>Access to national parks </li></ul>
  9. 9. People, Work & Development <ul><li>Employment structures </li></ul><ul><li>How industry effects the wealth of countries around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of technology on jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Trade and aid </li></ul><ul><li>How trade effects a country’s wealth together with the notion of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ aid, </li></ul><ul><li>Effect of globalisation on local cultures e.g. fashion, food, music etc </li></ul><ul><li>Economic activity </li></ul><ul><li>Types of work, </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in industry over time and the effect these changes have on communities e.g. New investment in Swindon; changing patterns in South Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Economic activity and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Effect of various industries on the environment e.g. Over-fishing in the North Sea, deforestation in Amazonia and tourism in our National Parks </li></ul>
  10. 10. How will you be assessed in Geography? Students are scheduled to sit a total of two exam papers (resits in June 2012 are available). (Foundation Tier = C – G grade) (Higher Tier = A* - D grade) 25% (15%) (10%) 18 hours – controlled and completed in school Controlled Assessment Year 10 Study (15%) Year 11 Cross Unit task (10%) 5 45% 2 hours Paper 3 Exam + problem solving (foundation or higher tier) 3 30% 1 hour Paper 1 Exam (foundation or higher tier) 1 Weighting Duration Title
  11. 11. Should I choose Geography? <ul><li>Yes, IF one or all of the following apply to you: </li></ul><ul><li>You are interested in finding out about the world around you. </li></ul><ul><li>The topics studied are of interest to you. </li></ul><ul><li>You want a qualification in a subject that will help you in a wide range of careers and areas of study </li></ul><ul><li>You want a future employer to see you as a multi-skilled individual with an understanding of the world around them. </li></ul><ul><li>You want an academic subject looked on favourably by Universities </li></ul><ul><li>For more information visit: http://abbeyfieldhumanities.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>On search for ‘Abbeyfield Humanities’ online </li></ul>

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