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 Year 11


The Living World (contd from yr 10)

Ecosystems; global distribution of temperate deciduous forest, tropical rainforest and hot deserts; adaptation to climate and soils; use and management of temperate deciduous woodland; causes and effects of deforestation in tropical rainforests; sustainable management of tropical rainforests; use and management of hot deserts in rich and poor part of world.

Case studies:

Temperate deciduous woodland – Epping Forest

Tropical rainforest – Amazon

Hot desert in richer area – Sonoran Desert, Arizona

Hot desert in poorer area – Thar Desert, Rajasthan 


Global increase; different environments; economic importance; UK tourism incl. Butler model and causes, effects and management of either a National Park or coastal resort; causes, effects and management of mass tourism; causes, effects and management of extreme environments; sustainable development incl. stewardship, conservation and ecotourism.

Case studies:

Either a UK National Park – Lake District

Or a UK coastal resort – Blackpool

Mass tourism in a tropical area – Jamaica/Kenya

Extreme environment – Antarctica

Ecotourism – Galapagos Islands



Mock Exam

Changing Populations, Water on the Land, Changing Urban Environments, Living World

Restless Earth

Structure of the Earth; the Earth’s crust; tectonic landforms; people and fold mountains; volcanoes; Supervolcanoes; earthquakes; tsunamis.

Case studies:

Volcano – Mount St. Helens

Fold mountains – the Andes

Supervolcano – Yellowstone

Earthquake in a richer area – Kobe, 1995

Earthquake in a poorer area – Sichuan 2008

Tsunami – Indian Ocean 2004



Revision and GCSE Exams

AQA Geography A – 2 written papers – 1 x Physical Geography of 1 ½ hours duration (Water on the Land, The Living World and The Restless Earth) & 1 x Human Geography of 1 ½ Hours duration (Population Change, Changing Urban Environments and Tourism)


Text book – Nelson Thornes, AQA Geography A edited by Simon Ross. ISBN 978 1 4085 0271 6

Specification at a glance - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030/spec-at-a-glance


Units and sub-units

(Assessments aren't always at the end of units – students will be informed in advance of an assessment and given time homework time to prepare)

1. The Challenge of Natural Hazards

A.      Introduction and Tectonic Hazards

B.      Weather Hazards

C.      Climate Change



2. The Challenge of Resource Management

A.      Resource Management

B.      Food


3. The Changing Economic World

A.      The Changing Economic World



4. The Living World

A.      Ecosystems

B.      Tropical Rainforests

C.      Cold Environments


5. Urban Issues and Challenges (Students will make a start on this unit and complete it at the start of Year 11)

A.      Urban Issues and Challenges

B.      Fieldwork (week beginning 12.6.17)


Year 10


Water on the Land

Processes; long and cross profiles; landforms; hydrological cycle; hydrographs; flooding; hard and soft engineering; water supply and demand; water management.

Case studies:

MEDC flooding – Boscastle/Tewkesbury

LEDC flooding – Bangladesh

UK water management – Kielder Water



Changing Urban Environments

Urbanisation; urban zones; MEDC urban issues and solutions; LEDC urban issues and solutions incl. squatter settlements; sustainable cities.

Case studies:

Squatter settlement redevelopment – Kibera, Nairobi/Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro

Sustainable urban living – Curitiba

Year 10 Exam

2 GCSE questions covering Water on the Land and Population (covered to GCSE standard in Year 9)

Controlled Assessment

CA planning prior to fieldwork

Data collection during fieldwork to Brighton

Low and High Control write-up


Text book – Nelson Thornes, AQA Geography A edited by Simon Ross. ISBN 978 1 4085 0271 6

Specification at a glance - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030/spec-at-a-glance



Content & Departmental Assessments



Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, avalanches.

War and conflict


Causes and effects, location, blood diamonds, genocide, terrorism.


Unit test: Hazards/War and Conflict



People on the move (International migration)


Push and pull factors, impacts, economic movements within and to the EU, refugee movements to the EU and the impacts


Unit test: Population – People on the Move: Migration

Who wants to live forever?

(Population Structure)

Sustainable populations (China and Kerala), problems and benefits of ageing populations, ageing in the EU


Unit test: Population – Who Wants to Live Forever? Population Structure



Global issues


Acid rain, global warming, and investigation in school grounds


Issue evaluation assessment (New GCSE style)





Ice lands

(1st half term)


Location, glaciation, survival, tourism,  effects of climate change, etc.


Unit test: Ice Lands

Rich world poor world

(2nd half term)


Reasons for differences in quality of life, how measure development, how differences can be reduced, etc.




Unit test: Rich world, poor world

War and conflict

(Jan half term)


Causes and effects, locations, blood diamonds, terrorism, piracy


Unit test: War and Conflict


People on the move – migration


Why do people move, Push and pull factors, impacts, economic movements within and to the EU, refugee movements to the EU and the impacts


Unit test: People on the Move - Migration



Mismanaged Environments


Overfishing, Aral Sea, mass extinction.

Managed environments


To include fieldwork preparation, fieldwork at Wakehurst Place (w.b. 22.5.17) and some follow-up work on managed wetlands/woodland


Unit test: Mismanaged & Managed Environments




Places and skills:

1.Amazing Places

Fantastic, dangerous, unusual places – to include atlas skills, latitude and longitude


2 baseline assessments

2.Our local environment – mapskills


Cuckfield and Sussex – to include use of local OS maps and skills (grid references, compass directions, height, scale and distance)

3.Our local environment - settlement

Settlement – siting settlements, size and types of settlement, hierarchy.


UNIT TEST: Map skills, settlement.





Where products are made around the world, effects of globalisation.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

Wasting less by reducing, reusing and recycling, what happens to waste, how things are recycled, e-waste problems.


UNIT TEST: Globalisation/Reduce Reuse and Recycle


The Underworld – Caves

Underground caves – limestone scenery and features, world caves



The Underworld – Seas and oceans

Seas & oceans, including deep oceans


UNIT TEST: Underworld


Tropical rainforests

Plant and animals adaptations, tribal people, development and deforestation


Locations, life in rivers, flooding, Rivers Project