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Geography

The course is divided into two units : each has a balanced content of physical and human

themes. There is a focus on the interrelationship between people and the environment with

considerations of sustainable development affecting the planning and management of

environments and resources. Geographical aspects of a number of contemporary social,

economic, political and environmental issues are also studied.

UNIT 1 – THE CORE

 

A. THE PHYSICAL WORLD

1. WATER

  •  River processes and landforms
  •  Managing rivers

2. CLIMATE CHANGE

  •  Causes and effects
  •  Reducing its impact

3. LIVING IN AN ACTIVE ZONE

  •  Hazards at plate margins
  •  Reducing the risk
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B. A GLOBAL WORLD

4. CHANGING POPULATIONS

  •  World population distribution
  •  Future changes in distribution and structure

5. INTERDEPENDANCE

  •  Trends in globalisation
  •  Impacts of globalisation

6. DEVELOPMENT

  •  Measuring patterns of development
  •  Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

UNIT 2 - OPTIONS

Choose 3 themes – one physical, one human and one other

 

A. PHYSICAL OPTIONS B. HUMAN OPTIONS

7. Our Changing Coast line*

  •  Coastal processes and landforms
  •  Managing coasts
  •  Future coastlines

8. Weather and Climate

  •  Climate patterns in the UK
  •  Weather hazards
  •  Reducing the risks
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9. Living Things

  •  The living plant
  •  Management
  •  Alternative futures

 

10. Tourism*

  •  The changing nature of tourism
  •  The impact of tourism
  •  Sustainable growth of tourism

 

11. Retail and Urban Change*

  •  The changing city centre
  •  Changing patterns of retailing
  •  Alternative futures

12. Economic Change and Wales

  •  Current patterns of work and employment
  •  Future employment
  •  Future for energy in Wales

* Penweddig options

 

SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT

 

UNIT 1 : CORE GEOGRAPHY

Written Paper : 1 hour 45 minutes (F/H)

90 marks (80 UMS)

Six short compulsory structured data response questions, one question from each of the core themes. These questions will each have an element of extended prose.

 

UNIT 2 : OPTIONS GEOGRAPHY (35%)

Written Paper : 1 hour 15 minutes (F/H)

60 marks (70 UMS)

Three in-depth structured data response questions with extended writing – one physical, one human and one other selected from the three physical and three human optional themes.

UNIT 3 : GEOGRAPHICAL ENQUIRY : (25%)

Controlled Assessment

100 marks (50 UMS)

An enquiry based on fieldwork (10%) and a problem-solving decision-making exercise (15%)