Geography

Introduction

There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography.  With growing interest in climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant subjects you could choose to study.  Whatever your passion geography will provide you with the transferable skills that are required for future study.

KS3

 In Geography at Key Stage 3 a range of Human and physical topics are studied.  Within the subject we aim to give students a wide understanding of global issues and teach transferable skills that students can apply to other subjects.

We also aim to help students to understand Geographical processes through geographical enquiry and thinking skills. We aim to take students out of the classroom to learn where possible and help them with Graphicacy and visual literacy by encouraging them to use sources and map and graphs to gather evidence.

There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of geography.  These are place, space, scale, interdependent physical and human processes, environmental interaction and cultural understanding and diversity.

Each year the students have opportunities to participate in trips based on topics they are learning. They have the chance to experience geography in real life and see how it applies to their everyday lives.

KS4

Our specification enables a variety of teaching and learning approaches. This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.

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.

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

What's assessed

3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards, 3.1.2 The living world, 3.1.3 Physical landscapes in the UK, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
  • 35% of GCSE

 

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

What's assessed

3.2.1 Urban issues and challenges, 3.2.2 The changing economic world, 3.2.3 The challenge of resource management, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)
  • 35% of GCSE

 

Paper 3: Geographical applications

What's assessed

3.3.1 Issue evaluation, 3.3.2 Fieldwork, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam

KS5

We are currently working on the Key Stage 5 programme so that we can offer it to students who wish to study in our Sixth Form.

Trip and Visits and learning outside the classroom are key to broadening knowledge.  Please see trips and visits pages to see what our students get up to.

Qualifications

KS4

Qualification

Examining Body

GCSE Geography

AQA

 

Staff

Mr A Gill

Head of Department 

Miss O Green

Geography Teacher