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Sixth Form: Geography

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Geography

 

Course Title

Department

Head of Department

Edexcel A-Level Geography

Geography

Ms J Winterburn

 

 

 

 

Course Information

Assessment Outline

Paper 1 – Physical Geography (Paper code: 9GE0/01)

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes

30% of the qualification

 

Section A relates to Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards.

Section B relates to Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change. Students answer questions on Topic 2B: Coastal Landscapes and Change.

Section C relates to Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity and Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security.

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

Paper 2 – Human Geography (Paper code: 9GE0/02)

 

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes

30% of the qualification

 

Section A relates to Topics 3 and 7: Globalisation / Superpowers.

Section B relates to Topic 4: Shaping Places. Students answer questions on Topic 4A: Regenerating Places

Section C relates to Topic 8: Global Development and Connections. Students answer questions

On Topic 8A: Health, Human Rights and Intervention

 

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation (Paper code: 9GEO/03)

 

Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes

20% of the qualification

 

An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. A resource booklet will contain information about the geographical issue.

Sections A, B and C all draw synoptically on knowledge and understanding from compulsory content drawn from different parts of the course.

The examination may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.

 

 

Coursework: Independent Investigation (9GE0/04)

 

Non-examined assessment

20% of the qualification

 

The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.

The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.

 

Assessment Objectives

AO1 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of places, environments, concepts, processes, interactions and change, at a variety of scales

AO2 - Apply knowledge and understanding in different contexts to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues

AO3 - Use a variety of relevant quantitative, qualitative and fieldwork skills to:

? investigate geographical questions and issues

? interpret, analyse and evaluate data and evidence

? construct arguments and draw conclusions

 

Key Skills in this task

Physical Geography

The task is primarily focussed on developing your independent research skills and also helps you to familiarise yourself with the specification.  It’s a huge document – don’t be daunted – just look at the areas you are directed to.

Human geography

The task is focussed on developing AO1 in terms of demonstrating knowledge and understanding of globalisation. You will also be required to develop your research skills.

Bridging Task

Task Outline

Physical Geography

Read and complete the independent research tasks ‘GCSE-A-level Bridging Unit – Physical Geography’

Human Geography

1. Read the Geography Review article ‘Globalisation: What are the causes?’ Write out answers to the four discussion questions at the end of the article.

2. Answer the globalisation quiz. There are ten questions and you are unlikely to know the answers so you will need to carry out some research. Add some detail using your research. For example, question 3 asks ‘Which of the following TNCs employed the most people in 2015?’ Once you have found out the answer you could make a note of the number of people next to the question.

 

 

 

Marking Criteria / Assessment Method

Physical Geography

1. Prepare to discuss/ present the findings of your research in your first physical geography lesson (Ms Winterburn JSW)

2.  You will need to hand in your notes during your first physical geography lesson.

Human Geography

1. Answers to the discussion questions to be handed in during your first human geography lesson (Ms Butwell – LB or Ms Nichols - CN)

2. Answers to the quiz questions to be discussed in your first human geography lesson.