Geography is a dynamic subject which aims to inspire in students a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Students should be able to demonstrate relevant and comprehensive knowledge, understanding and application of geographical information and issues. They are encouraged to demonstrate perceptive understanding of complex interactions and interrelationships between people and the environment and between geographical phenomena. Students should be able to construct sustained and convincing arguments to draw well-evidenced conclusions. In the Geography department we use and evaluate a wide range of geographical skills and techniques effectively on a number of different scales.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 topics – Building Location and Place Knowledge, Settlement and the Development of Settlements over time, OS Map Skills and Using Maps, Physical Landscapes and Rivers, Independent Investigations and Local Fieldwork – A Study of Caistor as a Settlement
Year 8 topics – Weather and Climate, Tectonic Hazards, Global Development & The Development Gap, Energy and Resources and Extreme Environments
Key Stage 4
Geography follows the Eduqas Geography B specification which has 3 major components and 3 separate Exam Papers
Component 1: Changing Places – Changing Economies
This component is mainly focused in Human Geography and explores Urbanisation in Global Cities in both High Income and Low Income Countries, along with Urban Processes in UK Cities and a third unit of work on Global Patterns of Development, covering Globalisation, Trade and Aid.
Component 2: Changing Environments
This component looks at a mixture of Physical and Human Geography themes. Students will cover Coastal Processes and themes such as Coastal Management, as well River Processes, the issue of Flooding and Flood Management. This component also looks at Weather and Climate, including Climatic Hazards and the issue of Climate Change.
Component 3: Environmental Challenges
This component again covers a mixture of Physical and Human Geography themes. Students study the concept of Ecosystems and the threats they face from human activities as well as management strategies to help protect Ecosystems. The unit also covers Water Resources and Management and an in-depth study of the issue of Desertification.
The course compromises of 3 Exam Papers, in order to assess the above components as well as Geographical Skills and Problem Solving:
Paper 1 – Investigation Geographical Issues – 40%
This Paper has 3 Questions, each one assessing one of the components outlined above. There is a mixture of short questions and extended questions which allow students to demonstrate justification and evaluation techniques
Paper 2 – Problem Solving Geography – 30%
The second Paper present students with a Geographical from one of the 3 Components which make up the course. Students will answer questions which focus on the background information, possible options to solving the problem and then presenting an argument for the best possible solution.
Paper 3 – Applied Geographical Fieldwork – 30%
The final paper is designed to test students’ knowledge of their own Geographical Fieldwork as well as fieldwork methodology, representation and analysis. Students will also look at how to investigate geography’s conceptual frameworks.
Students can be entered for either a Foundation grade paper (5-1 grades) or a Higher grade paper (9-5).