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GCE Geography
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Geography (8GE01) First examination 2014

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography (9GE01)
First examination 2014

Issue 4

About this specification
Edexcel GCE in Geography is designed for use in schools and colleges. It is part of a suite of GCE qualifications offered by Edexcel.

Key features of the specification
The specification has been designed to allow geographers the flexibility to build programmes that suit their own particular interests and needs using a range of approaches. Those geographers with interests in distinct physical, human and environmental approaches will be able to use this specification, as will those with more integrated specialisms. Fieldwork and research skills are a key feature of both the Advanced Subsidiary, Unit 2 and the A2, Unit 4. These units offer flexibility to centres with varying and diverse fieldwork resources and approaches but with a shared view that an element of out-of-classroom activity adds to the study of geography. Some topics have been designed to attract students to geography as a subject that addresses key ideas and debates in our world today. For example, Unit 4’s ‘The Technological Fix’ topic looks at our increasing reliance on technology and how this is related to world development. Other well-trusted geographical topics such as migration (Unit 1’s ‘Going Global’) and tectonics (Unit 4’s ‘Tectonic Activity and Hazards’) have a place too. The specification is designed to engage both students and teachers and renew interest in the subject of geography, which offers so much to an understanding of our planet.

Why choose this specification?
This qualification was developed in consultation with schools, colleges, higher education institutes and geography experts to ensure that the specification is fit for the 21st century. This four-unit GCE Geography specification offers units that allow a balance between students’ own particular physical, human and/or environmental interests and key geographical topics that provide them with the knowledge, understanding and skills for further study at higher education or for employment.

Supporting you
Edexcel aims to provide the most comprehensive support for its qualifications. We have therefore published our own dedicated suite of resources for teachers and students written by qualification experts. We also endorse a wide range of materials from other publishers to give you a choice of approach. For more information on our wide range of support and services for this GCE in Geography qualification, visit our GCE website: www.edexcel.com/gce2008.

Specification updates
This specification is Issue 4 and is valid for the examination from Summer 2014. If there are any significant changes to the specification Edexcel will write to centres to let them know. Changes will also be posted on our website. For more information please visit www.edexcel.com/ or www.edexcel.com/gce2008.

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 GCE in Geography

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Contents A Specification at a glance B Specification overview Summary of assessment requirements Assessment objectives and weightings Relationship of assessment objectives to units Qualification summary

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9 11 11 11

C Geography unit content
Course structure Unit 1 Global Challenges Unit 2 Geographical Investigations Unit 3 Contested Planet Unit 4 Geographical Research

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D Assessment and additional information
Assessment information Additional information

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Resources, support and training
Resources to support the specification Edexcel’s own published resources Edexcel publications Additional resources endorsed by Edexcel Edexcel support services Training

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Pearson Edexcel Level 3 GCE in Geography

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