Geography

General information:

Geography is a diverse and vibrant subject that is in constant flux which has a positive impact on generating a creative, diverse and topical curriculum. The KS3 curriculum aims to give the students understanding of the UK landscape as well as environments on the global scale.  It is one of the most important subjects in the world; not only because of the content but that it trains students to be independent and critical thinkers. By encouraging this skill set students will deepen their abilities at A-level and become lifelong learners.

The students will gain both the relevant skills and content to be a success at GCSE and A-level Geography. We see KS3 as a stepping stone to be successful higher up in the school so place a huge focus on exam technique. This provides the students with the understanding needed to access the higher levels of written answers as well as the skills to think holistically and analytically. Due to this the department gain consistently fantastic results.

 

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Map skills

Natural Hazards

Amazing Australia

2

Water world – Hydrological Cycle/UK focus

Weather and Climate

Global Fashion Industry

3

The EU

Divided Britain

Music festivals

4

Coasts

Brazil

Biomes and Ecosystem

5

Energy Security and Politics

Yellowstone National Park

Urban Environments

6

Settlements and Shopping

Blue-water report

 

GCSE Geography

Examination board: AQA

Course components:
Paper 1:
Living with the physical environment
Content –
Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards
Section B: The Living World
Section C: Physical Landscapes in the UK
Geographical Skills – Description and Interpretation of Resources
Assessment –

  • 1h 30mins Written Examination
  • 88 Marks (3 of which are SPG)
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 2:
Challenges in the Human Environment
Content –
Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges
Section B: Changing Economic World
Section C: Challenge of Resource Management
Geographical skills – Description and Interpretation of Resources
Assessment –

  • 1h 30mins Written Examination
  • 88 Marks (3 of which are SPG)
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 3:
Geographical Applications
Content –
Section A: Issue Evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork
Geographical skills – Description and Interpretation of Resources
Assessment –

  • 1h Written Examination
  • 76 Marks (6 of which are SPG)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release from 15th march of Examination Year

General information:

GCSE Geography enables the opportunity for a variety of teaching and learning approaches that engage and excite the students involved. The course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them. This streamlines revision and ensures that even if you are a human geographer, you get your fix of relevant geography.
Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. The GCSE will help the students become subject experts while supporting their literacy skills and upon completion of this two year course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.

Term

Year 10

Year 11

1

Urban Environments Economic World

2

Hazards Economic World

3

Hazards Resource Management

4

The Living World Resource Management

5

The Living World Unit 3 Explicit Skills Work

6

The Physical Landscape of the UK  

A-Level Geography

Examination board: AQA

Course components:

Component 1:
Physical geography
Content –
Section A: Water and Carbon Cycles
Section B: Coastal Systems and Landscapes Section C: Hazards 
Assessment –

  • 2h 30mins Written Exam
  • 96 Marks
  • 40% of A Level

Component 2:
Human Geography
Content –
Section A: Global Systems and Global Governance
Section B: Changing Places
Section C: Population and the Environment
Assessment –

  • 2h 30mins Written Exam
  • 96 Marks
  • 40% of A Level

Component 3:
Geographical Investigation

Content –
An individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.
Based on a question/issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Assessment –

  • 3,000–4,000 words
  • 35 marks
20% of A-level

General information:

A-level Geography will excite the students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills.
The two year course has seen units added which reflect the world today with the classics remaining such as Hazards and Population. The aim of the Geography A-Level is to give the students a taste of university skills with the introduction of a 3000 word non exam assessment in the form of coursework.
The coursework will see students undertake a hypothesis/task question that they will then collect, analyse and assess data on. It gives them a feel of what completing a piece of extended work at university is like and ensure that the transition is supported.
The course aims to provide the students with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm sought by higher education and employers so can benefit them long into the future.

Term

Year 12

Year 13

1

Carbon Cycle with Changing Places NEA- Non Exam Assessment

2

Carbon Cycle with Changing Places Coastal Systems with Population

3

Hazards with Global Systems Coastal Systems with Population

4

Hazards with Global Systems Revision

5

Topic 5: On the Wild Side Examinations

6

NEA - Non Exam Assessment  

 

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