GCSE Geography

Switch on your television, listen to the radio or pick up a newspaper and the environment seems to be top of everyone’s agenda. We are bombarded with facts and figures relating to the need for energy conservation and climate change. For instance, did you know that:

  • each person in Northern Ireland uses an average of 145 litres of water per day;
  • every household in the UK generates around six tonnes of carbon dioxide every year; and
  • UK households are wasting approximately £979 million worth of energy per year by leaving gadgets and appliances unnecessarily on standby.

Sustainability is the buzz word of the 21st century. The study of geography helps students have a clearer understanding of this important world issue. Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments – both its physical features and its political and cultural characteristics. Geographers work to examine and solve issues like those above by looking at:

  • patterns on the earth and the processes that created them;
  • how places differ from one another;
  • the impact of people on the environment;
  • the sources and impact of pollution; and
  • strategies for environmental protection and restoration.

Geography involves a synthesis of facts, figures, ideas and perspectives to help us understand and protect the world we live in. By studying geography, students learn about important contemporary issues like global warming, desertification, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, groundwater pollution and flooding.

Details of the CCEA specification are found at www.ccea.org.uk/

Unit 1 Understanding Our Natural World

Theme A The Dynamic Landscape

Where does all the rain in the world go to? What happens in a river? How does the coast get eroded? Can we stop the flooding caused by rivers and the sea? Our world is always changing. Why?These are some of the questions you will study in the Dynamic Landscape?

Theme B Our Changing Weather and Climate

What is the weather? Why is it so changeable in Northern Ireland? Will we ever have a really hot summer? How will global warming affect me? What can I do about global warming?Our Changing Weather and Climate helps you to understand why the weather and climate is constantly changing.

Theme C The Restless Earth

What is inside the earth? Will we ever get earthquakes in Northern Ireland? Did the earth always look the same way? What causes a tsunami? Why do so many people die in earthquakes?The Restless Earth will help you to understand how nature can wreak havoc with human lives.

Unit 2 Living in Our World

Theme A People and Where They Live

Why is the world’s population growing so quickly? Can the world hold the growing population? Why do people move to other countries? Why did cities grow? What would it be like to live in a shanty town?People and Where They Live will help you to understand why people live in cities and the problems this may cause.

Theme B Contrasts in World Development

Why is the world not fair? Why to some of us live in luxury whilst others have nothing? What can we do to help the poorer countries? Why should we buy Fair Trade products?Contrasts in World Development will challenge you ideas about the inequality in our world.

Theme C Managing our Resources

What is your carbon footprint? What energy source will run your car of the future? What will happen if our resources run out? Why do we need to reduce, reuse, recycle? Why are there more tourists than ever?Managing our Resources will help you to understand how we all have a part to play in protecting our planet.

Unit 3

Controlled Assessment Different topics studied each year.