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The core Physical Geography is built around two main topics, Physical Landscape Systems and the Water and Carbon cycles. Carbon and water cycles focus on the inter-relationships between the land, oceans and atmosphere.

Students also explore one chosen landscape from three options: coastal landscapes, glaciated landscapes and hot desert landscapes - most likely to be glaciers - in a systems framework. The choice of a physical option lies between the study of hazards and ecosystems.

In Human Geography, compulsory core units on Global systems and Global Governance, and Changing Places are undertaken. The Human Options are urban environments, population and the environment and resource security.  In each of the options we consider human-physical interactions.

The Non Examined Assessment (NEA) of our studies refers to the completion of a 3000-4000 word long Fieldwork Enquiry in Y13. There must be an element of individuality within the work -all students will be involved in setting the plan for their work and own title. The work will be marked by teachers and moderated by exam boards, similar to the arrangements which existed for GCSE Controlled Assessment.

Our provisional teaching plan for Year 12 is to deliver the following content. It is envisaged that this will extend to teaching additional content, as detailed previously.

Physical Geography and People and the Environment

  • Core: Glacial Systems and Landscapes
  • Option: Hazards

Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation

  • Core: Global Systems and Governance
  • Urban Environments

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