Year 11

Y11 sees a continuation of the iGCSE course 0460, (more information of which can be found on the Y10 website page) but the specification details and other information can also be found here,
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Y11 students will undertake a mock examination (usually in January) to further develop their understanding of exam technique required and the expectations necessary for successful and holistic revision. A reminder of the course content is further down on this page.
The geography department continue to run weekly drop in lunchtime sessions for students, and in the run up to the final examinations additional revision sessions will be made available, and a timetable of these will be issued to each student.

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Geographical themes (course content over the two years for iGCSE):

Theme 1: Population and settlement

1.1 Population dynamics

Describe and give reasons for the rapid increase in the world’s population

Show an understanding of over-population and under-population

Understand the main causes of a change in population size

Give reasons for contrasting rates of natural population change

Describe and evaluate population policies

Case Studies required for 1.1

  • A country which is over-populated
  • A country which is under-populated
  • A country with a high rate of natural population growth
  • A country with a low rate of population growth (or population decline)

1.2 Migration

Explain and give reasons for population migration

Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of migration

Case Study required for 1.2

• An international migration

1.3 Population structure

Identify and give reasons for and implications of different types of population structure

Case Study required for 1.3

• A country with a high dependent population

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1.4 Population density and distribution

Describe the factors influencing the density and distribution of population

Case Studies required for 1.4

  • A densely populated country or area (at any scale from local to regional)
  • A sparsely populated country or area (at any scale from local to regional)

1.5 Settlements and service provision

Explain the patterns of settlement

Describe and explain the factors which may in influence the sites, growth and functions of settlements

Give reasons for the hierarchy of settlements and services

Case Study required for 1.5

• Settlement and service provision in an area

1.6 Urban settlements

Describe and give reasons for the characteristics of, and changes in, land use in urban areas

Explain the problems of urban areas, their causes and possible solutions

Case Study required for 1.6

• An urban area or areas

1.7 Urbanisation

Identify and suggest reasons for rapid urban growth

Describe the impacts of urban growth on both rural and urban areas, along with possible solutions to reduce the negative impacts

Case Study required for 1.7

• A rapidly growing urban area in a developing country and migration to it


Theme 2: The natural environment
2.1 Earthquakes and volcanoes

Candidates should be able to:

Describe the main types and features of volcanoes and earthquakes

Describe and explain the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes

Describe the causes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and their effects on people and the environment

Demonstrate an understanding that volcanoes present hazards and offer opportunities for people

Explain what can be done to reduce the impacts of earthquakes and volcanoes

Case Studies required for 2.1

  • An earthquake
  • A volcano

2.2 Rivers

Explain the main hydrological characteristics and processes which operate within rivers and drainage basins

Demonstrate an understanding of the work of a river in eroding, transporting and depositing

Describe and explain the formation of the landforms associated with these processes

Demonstrate an understanding that rivers present hazards and offer opportunities for people

Explain what can be done to manage the impacts of river flooding

Case Study required for 2.2

• The opportunities presented by a river or rivers, the associated hazards and their management

2.3 Coasts

Demonstrate an understanding of the work of the sea and wind in eroding, transporting and depositing

Describe and explain the formation of the landforms associated with these processes

Describe coral reefs and mangrove swamps and the conditions required for their development

Demonstrate an understanding that coasts present hazards and offer opportunities for people

Explain what can be done to manage the impacts of coastal erosion

Case Study required for 2.3

• The opportunities presented by an area or areas management

2.4 Weather

Describe how weather data is collected

Make calculations using information from weather instruments

Use and interpret graphs and other diagrams showing weather and climate data

2.5 Climate and natural vegetation

Candidates should be able to:

Describe and explain the characteristics of two climates:

• equatorial • hot desert

Describe and explain the characteristics of tropical rainforest and hot desert ecosystems

Describe the causes and effects of deforestation of tropical rainforest

Case Studies required for 2.5

  • An area of tropical rainforest
  • An area of hot desert

Theme 3: Economic development
3.1 Development

Use a variety of indicators to assess the level of development of a country

Identify and explain inequalities between and within countries

Classify production into different sectors and give illustrations of each

Describe and explain how the proportions employed in each sector vary according to the level of development

Describe and explain the process of globalisation, and consider its impacts

Case Study required for 3.1

• A transnational corporation and its global links

3.2 Food production

Describe and explain the main features of an agricultural system: inputs, processes and outputs

Recognise the causes and effects of food shortages and describe possible solutions to this problem

Case Studies required for 3.2

  • A farm or agricultural system
  • A country or region suffering from food shortages

3.3 Industry

Demonstrate an understanding of an industrial system: inputs, processes and outputs (products and waste)

Describe and explain the factors influencing the distribution and location of factories and industrial zones

Case Study required for 3.3

• An industrial zone or factory

3.4 Tourism

Describe and explain the growth of tourism in relation to the main attractions of the physical and human landscape

Evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of tourism to receiving areas

Demonstrate an understanding that careful management of tourism is required in order for it to be sustainable

Case Study required for 3.4

• An area where tourism is important

3.5 Energy

Describe the importance of non-renewable fossil fuels, renewable energy supplies, nuclear power and fuelwood; globally and in different countries at different levels of development

Evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of nuclear power and renewable energy sources

Case Study required for 3.5

• Energy supply in a country or area

3.6 Water

Describe methods of water supply and the proportions of water used for agriculture, domestic and industrial purposes in countries at different levels of economic development

Explain why there are water shortages in some areas and demonstrate that careful management is required to ensure future supplies

Case Study required for 3.6

• Water supply in a country or area

3.7 Environmental risks of economic development

Describe how economic activities may pose threats to the natural environment, locally and globally

Demonstrate the need for sustainable development and management

Understand the importance of resource conservation

Case Study required for 3.7

• An area where economic development is taking place causing the environment to be at risk

 

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