Year Ten

The content of the GCSE course is divided into two units; each has a balanced content of physical and human themes. The core unit is divided into three physical and three human themes with an underpinning knowledge of key processes and patterns that form the basis of an understanding of environmental interactions and an appreciation of the importance of sustainability in those interactions. The option units offer a choice of three physical and three human themes, each extending the knowledge and understanding of key concepts. Candidates choose one physical option, one human option and one other.

The themes chosen for study involve students working at different scales, in different parts of the world including the United Kingdom and Wales, LDCs and MDCs, and different environments.

A variety of places are required to be studied at a range of scales in different parts of the world and in different types of environment.

The contribution of physical and human processes to the development of geographical patterns, the geographical characteristics of particular places and environments, and their interdependence is illustrated in both units.

Throughout the specification there is a focus on the interrelationship between people and the environment. Considerations of sustainable development affecting the planning and management of environments and resources pervade the whole specification. The issue of sustainability at different scales and in different contexts is explicit throughout.

The specification picks up the geographical aspects of a number of contemporary social, economic, political and environmental issues. The specification ensures the illustrations for study remain contemporary by allowing choice of case study illustration.

The correct and appropriate use of geographical vocabulary is rewarded in both external and internal assessment.

Module One: Water

Module Two: Climate Change

Module Three: Living in an Active Zone

Module Four: Changing Populations

Module Five: Globalisation

Module Six: Development

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