Rickmansworth School GCSE Pathway 4 Option Booklet

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Overview This exciting course offers a balanced framework of human and physical geography and encourages a range of teaching and learning approaches both in and out of the classroom. Students develop geographical knowledge and understanding by exploring themes and examples in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world. Topics of study include climate change, natural hazards including extreme weather, the physical geography of the UIK including our river environments, poverty, development, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. They are also required to develop a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills, fieldwork and decision making throughout their study of the course.

Costs All costs covered by the department other than for trips (see below).

Trips GCSE students will take part in two one-day field trips to investigate human and physical

geography in the local area. Cost dependent on location Iceland (Optional) October 2019. Approximate cost £1000

Pathways Further Education: A Level Geography, Btec Travel & Tourism or Leisure & Tourism University: A combined course, Human Geography or Physical Geography. Other disciplines include Earth and Environmental Science, Geology, Anthropology, Real Estate and Town Planning, Ecology, International Studies Career: Financial Sector/Risk Management, Medical Organisations, Environmental Consultancy, Accountancy, Media/Journalism, the growing importance of Geography Information Systems (GIS) in all industries, Legal sector, Politics/Non-Governmental Organisations, Global Sport, Weather, Transport/Logistics, Resource Management.


Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Living with the physical environment (35% of GCSE) • The challenge of natural hazards • The living world • Physical landscapes in the UK

Challenges in the human environment (35% of GCSE) • Urban issues and challenges • The changing economic world • The challenge of resource management

Geographical skills & applications (30% of GCSE) • Issue evaluation • Fieldwork • Geographical skills

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