Geography - Year 11

Geography Overview

: The Challenges Of Natural Hazards

Students will study physical processes that lead to the cause and formation of, in addition to the effects and management of, tectonic hazards, tropical storms, extreme weather in the UK and global climate change.

  1. Students will sit an assessed exam paper based on the requirements of their GCSE.

Large-scale processes affecting the structure of the earth's crust.


A mountain or hill, typically conical, having a crater or vent through which lava, rock fragments, hot vapour, and gas are or have been erupted from the earth's crust.


A sudden violent shaking of the ground, typically causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action.


A sudden accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life.


A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.


A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.

HIC (High Income Country)

A high-income economy is defined by the World Bank as a country with a gross national income per capita US$12,056 or more in 2017, calculated using the Atlas method. While the term "high-income" is often used interchangeably with "First World" and "develo

LIC (Low Income Country)

LICs are those with a GNI per capita of USD $1,045 or less in 2013.


This is the action or process of preparing or being prepared for use or consideration.


A change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

This brings meaning to the news, media and coverage of world events.

Create a supportive community:

This develops a broad awareness of the whole world, our vulnerabilities and interconnections.

: Issues Evaluation

The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study. This section contributes a critical thinking and problem-solving element to the assessment structure. The assessment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and applied knowledge and understanding by looking at a particular issue(s) derived from the specification using secondary sources.

  1. Students will sit an assessed exam paper based on the requirements of their GCSE

An important topic or problem for debate or discussion.


The making of a judgement about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment.


Relating to society or its organization.


Relating to economics or the economy.


Relating to the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

This is the study of a topical theme and issues in the national context.

Create a supportive community:

Decision have to be made and conclusions reached with advanced materials and careful consideration of all elements.

: The Challenges of Resource Management

This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various states of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs).

  1. End of term assessment.

Limited supply


Sources of power


Development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources.

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs


Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

Fossil fuels

Fossil fuel is a general term for buried combustible geologic deposits of organic materials, formed from decayed plants and animals that have been converted to crude oil, coal, natural gas, or heavy oils by exposure to heat and pressure in the earth's cru

Energy mix

To meet its energy needs, each country uses the types of energy available to it, in differing proportions.


It is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients.


Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism.


Agriculture is the cultivation of land and breeding of animals and plants to provide food, fiber, medicinal plants and other products to sustain and enhance life.

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural
Develop the individual:

An understanding of the finite nature of the planet and its resources.

Create a supportive community:

An awareness of the interconnected nature of the earth and its resources.