Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

Specification

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Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2012
(Version 6) For first teaching from September 2012. First assessment Summer 2013. First award Summer 2014. NOTE: CCEA will NOT be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

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There are two tiers of entry for this specification: Foundation and Higher. Students entered for the Foundation Tier are eligible for grades C–G. If students fail to attain a grade G, we report their results as unclassified (U). Higher Tier students are eligible for grades A*–D. We provide an allowed grade E as a ‘safety net’ for Higher Tier students just failing to secure a grade D.

This course is divided into six themes. These are outlined in more detail in the table below.

Theme

Content

Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World

A: The Dynamic Landscape

  • The Drainage Basin: a Component of the Water Cycle
  • River Processes and Features
  • Coastal Processes and Features
  • Sustainable Management of Rivers
  • Sustainable Management of Coasts

B: Our Changing Weather and Climate

  • Measuring the Elements of the Weather
  • Weather systems Affecting the British Isles
  • The Causes and Consequences of Climate Change

C: Restless Earth

  • Basic Rock Types
  • Plate Tectonics Theory
  • Tectonic Activity in the British Isles
  • Earthquakes: Can They Be Managed?
Unit 2: Living In Our World

A: People and Where They Live

  • Population Growth, Change and Structure
  • Settlement Site, Function and Hierarchy
  • Urbanisation in LEDCs and MEDCs

B: Contrasts in World Development

  • The Development Gap
  • Factors Contributing to Unequal Development
  • Sustainable Solutions to Deal with the Problems of Unequal Development

C: Managing Our Resources

  • The Impact of Our Increasing Use of Resources on the Environment
  • Increasing Demand for Resources in LEDCs and MEDCs
  • Managing Waste to Protect Our Environment
  • Sustainable Tourism to Preserve the Environment
For more information, see the specification.