At St Ivo we study the Edexcel A GCSE syllabus which has been chosen for its exciting and interesting content which is a mixture of the more popular traditional elements of geography, combined with new ideas and approaches which allow students of the 21st century to understand the ever changing relationship between people and the environment in which they live.
The Syllabus is structured in 4 units:
Unit 1 - Geographical Skills and Challenges (25%) This includes a study of 2 major issues facing the world today: climate change and sustainable development as well as testing geographical skills.
Unit 2 - The Natural Environment (25%) You will study the following topics: 1. Coastal Landscapes 2. River Landscapes 3. Tectonic Landscapes 4. Watery World
Unit 3 - The Human Environment (25%) You will study the following topics: 1. Economic Change 2. Settlement Change 3. Population Change 4. A Tourist's World
Unit 4 - Investigating Geography (25%) Carrying out fieldwork and writing up an investigation under controlled conditions in the classroom.
The department has a strong tradition of fieldwork in all key stages and it is seen as a vital component of the GCSE course.
As well as all students undertaking local fieldwork, a residential trip to Iceland is offered as an option for Year 10 Geographers and runs every July. Students at KS4 also have the opportunity to participate in the bi-annual South Africa. visit.
“Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future” Michael Palin
CHANGE OF COURSES FROM SEPTEMBER 2016
From September 2016, students in Year 10 will be starting the new GCSE Geography course and they will be following the new AQA specification. Please note those students in Year 11 in September 2016 will continue to complete the Edexcel A GCSE existing specification.
CURRENT YEAR 9 STUDENTS: FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT GCSE GEOGRAPHY To find out more about our new GCSE course starting in September 2016 and the benefits of studying Geography at GCSE, please visit our new GCSE page below. We also look forward to welcoming you to the department at the options open evening on Thursday 11th February. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.