Geography enables students to understand and interpret our changing world. It assists in developing skills students require to consider the complexities of interactions between communities and the role they have as global citizens. Geography supports creative reflective learners, and students become adept in the use and application of skills and new technologies in and outside of the classroom.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, we aim to develop skilled geographers using a varied of learning methods and encouraging students to use new skills to decipher the world around them. Students will learn through traditional classroom teaching, and also engage in debates, do their own independent research and work in groups to develop their understanding.
The topics studied are wide ranging and students at year 7 will explore:
• Sustainability of a consumer driven society • World resources wisely • Flooding • National parks • Conservation • Britishness
In year 8 students extend their learning through the study of:
• Weather • Physical geography • Glaciers • Global population growth • Energy sources • Tourism - economic growth vs environmental degradation
In year 9 students begin the year by exploring the landscape in extreme environments. Other topics studied prior to our students selecting their options include:
• Antarctica • Global agreements • Rainforests • Hazards • India • the World’s natural wonders
Key Stage 4
At GCSE, the geography subject content is split into four units. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter through skilled use of case studies and examples. Case studies are broader in context and require greater breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. Students also have the opportunity to complete fieldwork to contextualise their classroom learning.
The units covered in year 10 include:
• Living with the physical environment • Challenges in the human environment • Geographical applications • Geographical skills
The Geography course is extended further in year 11, and another four units are covered in the lead up to the GCSE examinations. These are:
• Dynamic planet-consisting of Restless Earth, Changing Climate, Battle for the Biosphere, Water World, Coastal Change and conflicts and Extreme Environments
• People and the planet- consisting of Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Globalisation, Development Dilemmas and The challenges of an Urban World
• Making geographical decisions which includes a study of the pressures, players and options that are involved in making geographical decisions and which are related to sustainable development and environmental issues
• Investigating geography- you complete a fieldwork study and follow it up
Assessment on the GCSE course is through examinations, coursework, fieldwork investigations and reports.
Key Stage 5
The A-Level Geography course covers three key areas:
• Physical geography
You will seek to explore the meaning, causes and impacts of a number of headline issues, including: • water and carbon cycles • hot desert environments and their margins or coastal systems and landscapes • hazards or ecosystems under stress or cold environments
• Human geography
You will learn about the following topics: • global systems and global governance • Changing places • Contemporary urban environments or population and the environment or resource security
• Geographical investigations
You will investigate and collect data in the field based on a geographical issue, relating to any part of your course.
For further details of the A-level course, visit www.hsfc-ac.org.uk/geography