In years 9-11 students receive 5 lessons per fortnight and study the Edexcel B Geography syllabus. Between each topic students will complete an in classroom assessment using exam paper questions that will build up to a full exam paper .Full exam papers will also be sat in the scheduled mock exams periods.
The topics students learn about in years 9-11 include:
Paper 1 - Global Geographical Issues
- Hazardous world - Tectonics – The structure of the Earth, features of earthquakes and volcanoes, impacts using named case studies and the management of these hazards
- Hazardous world – Climate – Global circulation model, climate change, causes and impacts of Tropical cyclones and the management of these hazards.
- Development Dynamics – measuring development, the development gap, models of development, reducing development with top down and bottom up approaches and the case study of one emerging country.
- Challenges of an Urbanising world – causes and challenges of rapid urban growth, a case study in the variation if the quality of life in one emerging country megacity.
Paper 2 - UK Geographical Issues
- UK Physical Landscape - Geology, geomorphic processes and human activity over time and an in-depth study of coastal and river processes and pressures. This will involve completing a physical fieldwork investigation.
- UK Human Landscape – How socio-economic processes and political pressures have shaped the UK’s human landscape including a study of London as a Dynamic city. This will involve completing a human fieldwork investigation.
Paper 3 – People and Environmental Issues – 3 topics that cover people and their interaction with the environment.
- People and the Biosphere – study of large scale ecosystems and why they are important to human well-being.
- Forests under Threat - detailed study of both tropical rainforests and Taiga forests.
- Consuming Energy resources – a study of renewable and non-renewable energies and the issues of sustainable energy use and management.
Parental advice - Students need to be able to apply the knowledge and skills that they study. Ensure your child learns the key facts as they go through topics and get them into the habit of producing revision resources such as mind maps and flash cards as they go along. Try to test them on these so you can see how much they remember.
More extensive revision guides will be available to buy for £5.50 from the Geography department. The students also have access to GCSE pod.