GE033 UNIT 3: CHANGING THE LAND
This unit focuses on two investigations of geographical change: change to land cover and change to land use. Land cover includes biomes such as forest, grassland, tundra and wetlands, as well as land covered by ice and water. Land cover is the natural state of the biophysical environment developed over time as a result of the interconnection between climate, soils, landforms and flora and fauna and, increasingly, interconnections with human activity. Natural land cover has been altered by many processes such as geomorphological events, plant succession and climate change. People have modified land cover to produce a range of land uses to satisfy needs such as housing, resource provision, communication, recreation and so on.
Areas of Study
- Land Use Change
- Land Cover Change
- On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse, describe and explain land use change and assess its impacts.
- On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse, describe and explain processes that result in changes to land cover and discuss the impacts and responses resulting from these changes.
GE034 UNIT 4: HUMAN POPULATION – TREND AND ISSUES
In this unit students investigate the geography of human populations. They explore the patterns of population change, movement and distribution, and how governments, organisations and individuals have responded to those changes in different parts of the world.
In this unit, students study population dynamics before undertaking an investigation into two significant population trends arising in different parts of the world. They examine the dynamics of populations and their economic, social, political and environmental impacts on people and places.
Areas of Study
- Population Dynamics
- Population Issues and Challenges
- On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse, describe and explain population dynamics on a global scale.
- On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse, describe and explain the nature of significant population issues and challenges in selected locations and evaluate responses.
Assessment for Units 3 & 4: S or N based on the demonstrated achievement of the outcomes specified above, school-Assessed Coursework and examination.
- Unit 3 School-Assessed Coursework: 25%
- Unit 4 School-Assessed Coursework: 25%
- Units 3 and 4 examination: 50%