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Year 10

Students study the Edexcel GCSE Geography B specification and will focus on the ways geographical studies apply to their lives and to the real world, including physical and human geography and the relationships between people and environments.  Edexcel GCSE Geography B is a contemporary, issues-based course that uses geographical concepts to explain the key issues facing today’s world.


 

This specification gives students opportunities to:

  • actively engage in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world
  • develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from local to global
  • appreciate the differences and similarities in people’s views of the world and its environments, societies and cultures
  • understand the significance of values and attitudes to the development and resolution of issues
  • develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive
  • develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out-of classroom learning
  •  use geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis.



Unit 1 Overview of content


This unit has three sections:

  • Section A – Introduction to the Dynamic Planet
          Restless Earth, Changing Climate, Battle for the Biosphere and Water World.
  • Section B – Small-scale Dynamic Planet

          Coastal Change.

  • Section C – Large-scale Dynamic Planet

          Extreme Environments.

 


Overview of assessment

  • This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination, which contains a mixture of question styles. 78 marks are available, with 48 marks in Section A, 15 marks in Section B and 15 marks in Section C.
  • Of the 78 raw marks available, up to 6 marks are awarded for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).

 

Unit 2 Overview of content


This unit has three sections. Section A is compulsory and Sections B and C contain optional topics.

  • Section A – Introduction to People and the Planet

          Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Globalisation and Development Dilemmas.

  • Section B – Small-scale People and the Planet

          The Changing Economy of the UK.

  • Section C – Large-scale People and the Planet

          The Challenges of an Urban World.

 


Overview of assessment

  • This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 15-minute, tiered, written examination, which contains a mixture of question styles. 78 marks are available, with 48 marks in Section A, 15 marks in Section B and 15 marks in Section C. 
  • Of the 78 raw marks available, up to 6 marks are awarded for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).

 

Unit 3 Overview of content

  • This unit will assess students’ ability to make decisions about geographical issues and justify them.
  • The unit includes the pressures (conflicts), players and options that are involved in making geographical decisions and which are related to sustainable development and environmental issues.

 

Overview of assessment

  • This unit is assessed through a 1-hour 30-minute, tiered, written examination.
  • 53 total marks are available, spread across three questions.
  • Of the 53 raw marks available, up to 3 marks are awarded for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).
  • A resource booklet will be available in the examination. The examination will relate to the material in the booklet.

 

Unit 4 Overview of content


For this unit students complete a fieldwork investigation and report. They complete a task provided by Edexcel, on town/city environments.

 


Overview of assessment

  • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students complete one of the fieldwork tasks from the list provided by Edexcel. They must write up the fieldwork task under controlled conditions.
  • The task is marked out of a total of 50 marks across the following areas: planning, methods of data collection, data presentation and report production, analysis and conclusions, and evaluation.
  • The task will be marked by the teacher and moderated by Edexcel.