Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment.
It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change. Geography explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It also examines natural resources and their sustainable use
Students receive three hours per fortnight in Geography. All sets are mixed ability.
The Geography units of study follow a variety of human and physical topics on various scale i.e. local, through to global.
Year 7 Topics: Map Skills (UK); Settlements and Mega Cities; Rivers and Flooding; A Restless Earth; Africa
Year 8 Topics: Coastal Environments; Energy and Resource Management; Population; China; Weather, climate and climate change
Year 9 Topics: Tourism; Crime and Conflict; GCSE (Skills); Urban Futures (GCSE) Changing climate (GCSE)
In Geography students are assessed in four key areas:
- Making Judgements
Students are taught key geographical processes and concepts across a range of scales and within different environments and settings. These ideas are developed through the study of case studies with specific focus placed on their knowledge of the UK.
Students are encouraged to identify the application, relationships and the social, economic and environmental impacts of key processes and ideas. An emphasis is place on seeing the inter relationships between topic areas.
Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding to a variety of different situations and settings. The analysis and evaluation of data and geographical information is used to support students in making informed decisions. A strong emphasis is placed on sustainability of ideas.
Students develop a variety of communication skills including: map skills, debate, discussion as well as geographical analysis and interpretation. Emphasis is also placed on the use of current technologies including GIS (Geographical Information Systems).
Students will be set a range of activities in the form of extended projects and fortnightly tasks. Literacy specific homework will also be set to encourage wider reading and vocabulary extension
Students follow the OCR B syllabus
They study 8 units along with a Fieldwork and Geographical Exploration Unit. Each unit focuses on the relationships between people and their environments, studying current issues, challenges and the problems relevant to today’s world.
The 8 units are:
Our Natural World
- Topic 1: Global Hazards
- Topic 2: Changing Climate
- Topic 3: Distinctive Landscapes
- Topic 4: Sustaining Ecosystems
People and Society
- Topic 5: Urban Futures
- Topic 6: Dynamic Development
- Topic 7: UK in the 21st Century
- Topic 8: Resource Reliance
Students are able to build their factual knowledge, explore inequalities that exist for people around the world, and develop their own attitudes and values. The course also encourages strong cross-curricular links.
Skills and Progression Routes
On completion of the course, students will have developed a number of skills including:
- Forming opinions and understanding the opinions of others
- Debating issues and current affairs
- Analysing sources
- Discussing key issues relevant to the world of today
- Learning about the world in which we live
- Understanding how we can secure the future of our planet
- Investigating the links between human, economic and environmental topics
Progression Routes & Career Opportunities
Geography subjects bridge the gap between the arts and sciences. It includes elements of History, Biology, English, Business Studies, Geography, Law, RE, Citizenship and ICT – keeping longer-term options open. Geography can lead to any number of careers including: accountancy; journalism; hotel and leisure management; the police; veterinary science; law; archaeology; pilot and banking and many more!
Field work is a compulsory element of GCSE Geography. This will be completed during a compulsory residential fieldtrip undertaken in Autumn Term of Year 11. Students will then complete a human and physical investigation which will be examined externally within an examination.
The cost of this is heavily subsidised by the School and a parental contribution of approximately £150 is requested. Field work will be examined in all three GSCE written papers, so students are unlikely to pass the exam if they do not take part in the field trip.
Geography Exam Board: Edexcel
A2 LEVEL (2 Years) 8 Hours per fortnight
Students Will Need
Students will require 8 GCSEs at grade C or above, to include Geography, English and Mathematics.
Students Will Study
Topic 1 : Tectronic processes and hazards
Topic 2 : Coastal landscapes and change
Topic 3 : Globalisation
Topic 4 : Shaping places – regenerating places
Physical Systems and Sustainability
Topic 5 : The water cycle and water insecurity
Topic 6 : The carbon cycle and energy security
Human Systems and Geopolitics
Topic 7 : Superpowers
Topic 8 : Global development and connections
Paper 1 : 30% of qualification : 2hrs 15 mins : Written Examination
Paper 2 : 30% of qualification : 2hrs 15 mins : Written Examination
Paper 3 : 20% of qualification : 2hrs 15 mins : Issue Based Written Examination
Coursework : Independent investigation : 20% : 3000-4000 word fieldwork based written report.
Potential Sectors of Employment
- Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
- Construction, Planning and Built Environment
- Education and Training
- Leisure, Travel and Tourism
- Social Sciences
- Business, Administration and Law
- Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies