Geography

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Geography aims to inspire in students a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This course provides students with an understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.

Over the two years, the students will study the following:

  • What is Geography?
  • Settlements
  • Ecosystems
  • Rivers
  • Antarctica
  • Our local area
  • Coasts
  • Climate Change
  • Population
  • Natural Hazards
  • Crime
  • Globalisation

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop skills:

  • which build on their use of globes, maps and atlases
  • which build on their ability to construct and interpret graphs, charts and diagrams
  • which support their development in literacy and numeracy
  • which use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect analyse and draw conclusions from Geographical data

Assessment

Students will be assessed in a range of ways which include:

  • End of topic tests
  • Geographical enquires
  • Projects e.g. Local crime investigation project
  • Newspaper reports
  • Class presentations

Key Stage 4

'The world is always changing; Geography gives students the chance to learn about these changes.' Students will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom and throughout the world. Students are encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board and Syllabus

AQA 8035

Programme of Study /Learning/Teaching Approach

  • Unit 1:- Living with the physical environment
    This unit will build on skills taught in Years 7 and 8 and provide the opportunity to develop more advanced skills. Students will learn about the living world, natural hazards and the physical landscape of the UK.
  • Unit 2:- Challenges in the human environment
    Students will study the topics of urban issues and challenges, the changing economic world, and the challenge of resource management.
  • Unit 3:- Geographical applications
    Students will undertake fieldwork, an issue evaluation task and build on their geographical skills – including those of map work, graphic skills, GIS skills and ICT skills.

Assessment

  • Unit 1:- Written exam: 1hour 30 minutes (35%) Includes multiple-choice, short answer and extended prose style of questions.
  • Unit 2:- Written exam: 1hour 30 minutes (35%) Includes multiple-choice, short answer and extended prose style of questions.
  • Unit 3:- Written exam: 1hour (30%) Includes multiple-choice, short answer and extended prose style of questions.

What it leads to

Geographers often have an interest in the following career areas: Town planning, Environmental Management, Meteorology, Surveying, Agriculture, Transport Planning, Travel, Marketing and Education.

Additional Points

Geography traditionally spans the Arts and Sciences and because of the diversity of the subject, it is highly regarded by employers. However, Geography is enjoyed as a subject in its own right and it enables students to follow a very wide range of career choices.

Tier of Entry

Single Tier.