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. Through the study of countries, environments, processes and events, students develop their understanding of how the world operates at different scales. Through topics such as Natural Hazards, Economic Development, Weather and Climate and Climate Change, students are challenged to construct sustained and convincing arguments and 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
1) Building Location and Place Knowledge – studying Global, National and Local location geography and the concept of Urban and Rural Areas
2) Settlement – looking at different types of Settlement, their features and how they have changed over time
3) Map Skills – developing students’ ability to use OS Maps
4) Physical Processes and Landforms – Rivers – understanding how physical processes work to create river landforms
5) Natural Hazards – Flooding – understanding the Causes, Impacts of Management of River Flooding
6) Glacial Landscapes – understanding the processes at work in glacial environments and the landforms they create
Year 8 topics
1) Weather & Climate – understanding the concepts of weather and climate, factors affecting climate and the concept of weather hazards such as Tropical Storms
2) Tectonic Hazards – investigating the structure of the Earth and the causes and impacts of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
3) Extreme Environments – understanding the characteristics, challenges and processes at work in Desert and Polar Environments
4) Energy & Resources – a study of Human use of energy and resources and the issues which exist around this usage
5) Global Development – developing students understanding of global development trends, how development is measured and issues which are associated with global inequality
Year 9 topics
1) Population & Migration – understanding factors which influence population growth and change and the causes and impacts of migration
2) Coastal Landscapes – investigating the processes which shape coastal environments around the UK and the issue of Coastal Erosion
3) Fragile Ecosystems – a study of the theory of Ecosystems and the threats Ecosystems such as Tropical Rainforests and Coral Reefs face and how these are managed.
5) Investigating Africa – a study of the continent of Africa, its physical and human features and an in-depth focus on Nigeria
6) Investigating Russia – a focus on one of Europe’s most diverse and unique countries, which encompasses elements of previous units to appreciate Russia as a country
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.