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GCE Geography. The New Specification. Underlying Principles. To build on the strengths of the existing specifications To provide a relevant and interesting geographical course for post 16 students To develop a course based on core geographical principles yet also contemporary in nature

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GCE Geography

The New Specification

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Underlying Principles

  • To build on the strengths of the existing specifications
  • To provide a relevant and interesting geographical course for post 16 students
  • To develop a course based on core geographical principles yet also contemporary in nature
  • To examine a wide range of contemporary issues affecting people and the world
  • To be responsive to the views of teachers
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Underlying Principles (2)

  • To emphasise the study of geographical change at a range of scales
  • To encourage the acquisition of a broad range of skills useful in lifelong learning
  • To enable a variety of teaching and learning styles including the use of new technologies
  • To cater for a wide range of student abilities and aptitudes
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Increased Choice

Choice exists:

  • At AS – In addition to subject cores, there is a choice of 1 from 3 physical options and 1 from 3 human options
  • At A2 – a choice of 3 from 6 options, with a requirement to teach at least 1 physical option and 1 human option
  • In the assessment of fieldwork at A2, with 2 pathways
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Unit 4 in more detail

EITHER:

Unit 4A : fieldwork externally assessed by AQA in a 1½ hour examination. Candidates’ understanding of their own fieldwork will be examined through generic questions.

OR

Unit 4B : an issue evaluation (1½ hours) based on pre-released material (2 months) including elements of enquiry skills.

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Subject Content Details – Unit 1

Unit 1

Core Physical: Rivers, floods and their management

Physical options

One from: Cold environments

Coastal environments

Hot desert environments and their margins

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Subject Content Details – Unit 1

Unit 1

Core Human: Population change

Human options

One from: Food supply issues

Energy issues

Health issues

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Subject Content Details – Unit 3

Unit 3

Candidates will answer three questions:

  • one Physical structured question from 3 options
  • one Human structured question from 3 options
  • one on either 1 Physical or 1 Human (essay)
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Subject Content Details – Unit 3

Unit 3

The Physical options:

  • Plate tectonics and associated hazards
  • Weather and climate and associated hazards
  • Ecosystems: change and challenge
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Subject Content Details – Unit 3

Unit 3

The Human options:

  • World cities
  • Development and globalisation
  • Contemporary conflicts and challenges