Year 7

Basic Geographical knowledge
Basic Geographical skills
Geographical investigations – Investigating our local area (Human / Physical)
Climate & Weather
Water cycle
Trade and Inter-connectivity

Year 8 

Focusing on fieldwork, students follow the syllabus of the Big History Project –
This fantastically resourced online resource gives students a firm foundation of knowledge on where humans have come from, where we are now and where we are going in the future.

Year 9, 10, 11

GCSE Geography course – OCR Geographical Themes Syllabus A

Assessment overview

Living in the UK today (01)601 hour30%
The world around us (02)601 hour30%
Geographical skills (03)*801 hour 30 mins40%

* Indicates the inclusion of synoptic assessment.

Students must complete all components (01, 02 and 03) to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Geography A (Geographical Themes).

Content overview

Component 01: Living in the UK

Students investigate the dynamic and diverse geography of the UK, exploring the distinctive physical and human environments, the processes which drive them and the challenges they create.

There are three topics:

  • Landscapes of the UK
  • People of the UK
  • UK environmental challenges.

Component 02: The world around us

This component explores the complexities of the planet and its interconnections. Students examine the changing, dynamic nature of physical and human environments, the role of decision-makers and the sustainable nature and management of these environments.

There are three topics:

  • Ecosystems of the planet
  • People of the planet
  • Environmental threats to our planet.

Component 03: Geographical skills

Geographical skills are integrated into all aspects of the subject. Learning these skills in the context of components 01 and 02 stimulates students to ‘think geographically’ and apply the skills in a range of contexts.

Geographical skills:

  • Cartographic
  • Graphical
  • Numerical
  • Statistical

Synoptic assessment is the students’ understanding of the connections between different elements of the subject, this will include material from either or both of the first two components.

Fieldwork skills include understanding and applying specific geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to real-world physical and human geographical contexts.

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