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Welcome to the Geography Department. We offer an exciting opportunity to study both the natural and human worlds using contemporary issues and case studies: whilst imbuing spatial and temporal understanding through the use of patterns, trends and issues.  The subject content provokes and answers questions about people, place and the environment, through the use of enquiry processes.  It inspires our students to think about their own place in the world and encourages a sense of empathy with the opinions, values, rights and responsibilities of other people in the world.  Geography also develops a wide range of transferable, interpersonal skills, such as problem solving, report writing, ICT, presentation, GIS, statistical and mapping.  These skills are useful in future study and careers, as Geography qualifications are well respected and geographers are increasingly sought after in the workplace.

KS3

In Year 7 we begin the academic year with a consideration of important basic geography skills including mapping and interpretation of information. Following on from this we move into a unit considering places around the world, named ‘Fantastic Places.’ From a focus on various places we move to a consideration of one continent- Africa. We end the year looking at a physical topic and looking at how the coast is formed and how people use and protect it.

In Year 8 we start the year looking at a unit on globalisation and development. It requires students to think about the differences in their lives compared to those in other parts of the world. After this ‘human’ focussed topic we move to a unit looking at ice environments and thus culminates in a comparison to another ‘desert’ environment.  The final unit considers tourism and its different forms.

Year 9 gives us the opportunity to explore Natural Hazards. We look at the causes and effects of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis and consider what we can do to reduce these. We then move on to look at urbanisation. We study how and why cities grow and the issues that arise from this. Ecosystems is our next topic where we look at two ecosystems in depth. Our final topic is resource management. We study how we use and manage resources on a local, national and global scale.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 7 Map skills Map skills/ fantastic places Fantastic places
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 7 Africa

Africa/ coasts

Coasts

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 8 Development & globalisation Development & globalisation/ ice Ice/ hot & cold deserts
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 8 Hot & cold deserts Tourism Tourism

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 9 Natural Hazards Natural Hazards Settlement
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 9 Ecosystems Ecosystems  

 

KS4

At Key Stage 4 there are two main divisions splitting into a further three mirroring areas.

In the first half of the course the UK is considered and then in the second half the same broad issues of physical environments and processes, people and places and environmental issues are considered at a global scale.

For example in the first half we look at rivers, coasts and the physical landscape of the UK; followed by trade, unequal societies and urban areas. This half ends with looking at weather and energy.

In the second half we look at areas such as world ecosystems such as the rainforest and coral reef, uneven development and what causes rapid urbanisation. In the final section we consider atmospheric processes, hurricanes and droughts.

Throughout the course we incorporate a skills focus on areas such as graph, map and statistical work.

Exam structure/weightings

There are two 1 hour papers, one called ‘Living in the UK’ and the other called ‘The World Around Us’ both worth 30%.

The final 40% comes from the test of skills and fieldwork in a 1½ hour paper.

Career opportunities

There are many career possibilities with qualifications in Geography. For those with a geography degree there are direct career paths such as in town and transport planning and management, surveying, environmental consultancy, sustainability, development, tourism, energy futures, and conservation. Geography has many transferable skills which opens doors into careers such as finance, marketing, research, IT and project management.

Revision

A program of revision is set based on the cohort about to take exams and their needs. These can take the form of after-school revision, personalised activities, resources on the school’s YouTube channel and one-to-one sessions to improve revision and exam technique.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 10 Landscapes of the UK Landscapes of the UK People of the UK
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 10 People of the UK Environmental threats in the UK Environmental threats in the UK

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 11 Coursework Tourism Urban
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 11 Population Revision Exams

 

Please click this link to view the full course specification.

KS5

This qualification is now studied as a full two year course. During this time we study a range of physical and human topics. We start Year 12 with a unit of coastal systems. This is followed by a compulsory unit on the Earth’s Life Support Systems (carbon and water cycles). This is followed by a unit of Changing Spaces, Making Places and Global Connections which both explore human aspects of the world in which we live. The next unit we undertake is student driven. This is an independent investigation written by the students. In the final section we consider debate papers, these ask students to consider arguments around areas such as hazards and disease.

Exam structure/weightings

The main weighting for the qualification comes from the debate paper where the two topic areas contribute 36% of the marks in a 2½ hour paper. There are two equally weighted (22%) and timed (1½ hour) papers, considering the physical and human parts of the course. The last 20% comes from the independent investigation.

Career Opportunities

There are many career possibilities with qualifications in Geography. For those with a geography degree there are direct career paths such as in town and transport planning and management, surveying, environmental consultancy, sustainability, development, tourism, energy futures, and conservation. Geography has many transferable skills which opens doors into careers such as finance, marketing, research, IT and project management.

For more information regarding this subject please follow the links below.

Revision

A program of revision is set based on the cohort about to take exams and their needs. These can take the form of after-school revision, personalised activities, resources on the school’s YouTube channel and one-to-one sessions to improve revision and exam technique.

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 12 Coasts Earth’s life support system Changing spaces, making places
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 12 Investigation Investigation Human rights

 

Year Group Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Year 13 World cities Weather & climate Contemporary conflicts
  Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Year 13 Skills Tectonics Exams

 

Please click this link to view the full course specification.

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