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Humanities Faculty


KS3

In year 7 we aim to develop skilled geographers with enquiring minds who question the sustainability of our consumer driven society. We encourage debates to help evaluate if we are using the World resources wisely. We cover traditional geographical themes through the study of flooding and through our use of case studies we consider how economic development in a country can impact on the response to this hazard. Our study of National parks helps us to appreciate how human and physical systems work in tandem and the importance of conservation in some of the World’s most outstanding areas. To finish the year we explore the theme of Britishness, a concept which involves taking a step back and looking at the history of migration into Britain but also requires pupils to analyse some of the stories in the news today.

In year 8 we learn about the forces that shape our weather, this involves developing key geographic skills such as reading a synoptic chart and describing trends but in addition allows us to ask questions which help us to understand the weather in the UK. To further the skills needed in physical geography we take a close look at the role that glaciers had in shaping our landscape, we consider the impact of the melting ice and the role that our actions have had in this process. To develop our human geography understanding we study global population growth, we question the patterns we are seeing and consider the long term impacts as well as evaluating the policies some countries adopt to control growth. This links well with our unit on energy sources as we are forced to address the question “what will happen when the lights go out?” To end the year we study the role that tourism can have in being both an avenue for economic growth and the path to environmental degradation.

In year 9 we start the year by exploring the landscape in extreme environments. We focus on Antarctica and evaluate its potential as a resource base for the future; we encourage pupils to question and argue their view. We look at global agreements such as the Antarctic treaty and consider the role they have in protecting this fragile landscape. This compliments the work we do later in the year on rainforests another unique environment with a different set of pressures and challenges. Our physical geography unit on hazards allows us to learn about the makeup of the earth and discover the destructive nature of the planet, we also consider the methods that we have used to adapt to living in hazard zones and how these vary depending on the economic growth of that country. Towards the end of year 9 we take an in depth look at one of the World great emerging superpower nations: India. We take a look inside the urban landscape and explore the reasons for the slums as well as appreciating their wealth of culture and skills. To end key stage 3 year 9 are given the chance to find out about the Worlds natural wonders, they are required to show independence in their assessment through the research they have carried out.

KS4

AQA GCSE Geography – Year 10

The subject content is split into four units: 3.1 Living with the physical environment, 3.2 Challenges in the human environment, 3.3 Geographical applications and 3.4 Geographical skills.

In units 3.1 and 3.2 the content is split into sections, with each section focusing on a particular geographical theme. Unit 3.3 sets out the requirements for fieldwork and issue evaluation. Unit 3.4 sets out the geographical skills that students are required to develop and demonstrate.

In the specification content, students are required to study case studies and examples. Case studies are broader in context and require greater breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. Examples are more focused on a specific event or situation, are smaller in scale and do not cover the same degree of content.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance

Who should study it?   Students who:

  • Have enjoyed Geography lessons in years 7, 8 and 9 where we have already studied some of the GCSE topics.
  • Have begun to develop longer written answers.
  • Like drawing maps, graphs and diagrams.
  • Like using the internet to find out about places.

Geography – Year 11

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

What will you learn about?

We study the Edexcel GCSE syllabus B course which consists of four units:

  •  Unit 1: Dynamic Planet-consisting of Restless Earth, Changing Climate, Battle for the Biosphere, Water World, Coastal Change and conflicts and Extreme Environments.
  • Unit 2: People and the Planet- consisting of Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Globalisation, Development Dilemmas and The challenges of an Urban World.
  • Unit 3: 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.
  • Theme 4: Investigating Geography- you complete a fieldwork study and follow it up.

How will you be assessed?

Unit 1: Dynamic planet (Written Paper, 25% GCSE)
Unit 2: People and the Planet (Written Paper, 25% GCSE)
Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions (Written Paper, 25% GCSE)
Unit 4: Investigating Geography (Internally assessed Fieldwork Investigation and Report, 25% GCSE) Students complete one of the fieldwork tasks provided by Edexcel. They write up the fieldwork task under controlled conditions.

This course has highly relevant content that will give candidates access to modern world issues at a range of scales, from local to global.

Who should study it?   Students who:

  • Have enjoyed Geography lessons in years 7, 8 and 9 where we have already studied some of the GCSE topics.
  • Have begun to develop longer written answers.
  • Like drawing maps, graphs and diagrams.
  • Like using the internet to find out about places.

Exam Board Website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-b-2009.html

KS5

Geography AS and A level course
Examination board : AQA

Subject content for AS
Component 1; Physical geography and People and the environment
Topics; Coastal systems and landscapes and Hazards

Component 2; Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation
Topics; Changing places and Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills

How AS is assessed
2 Written exams of 1 hour 30 minutes each     2 X 80 marks = 100% of AS

Subject content for A level

Component 1; Physical geography
Topics; The water and carbon cycles, Coastal systems and landscapes, Hazards

Component 2; Human geography
Topics; Global systems and global governance, Changing places, Population and the environment

How components 1 and 2 are assessed;
Written exams of 2 hours 30 minutes each    2 X 120 marks = 80% of A level

Component 3; Geography fieldwork investigation
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

How component 3 is assessed
A report of 3,000–4,000 words           60 marks = 20% of A-level       Marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

Why study Geography?
Geography will help students to understand and interpret our changing world; it helps students to consider the complexities of interactions between communities and the role they have as global citizens. Geography supports creative reflective learners become adept in the use and application of skills and new technologies in and outside of the classroom.

What will I learn about?
Students will investigate the distribution of resources and how humans use them. They will take into account the problems resource allocation can bring and will consider how a finite resource base can be managed. Students will evaluate the role that technology can have in overcoming resource scarcity. Physical geography processes linked to coastal systems and hazards will also be investigated.

Future pathways/careers?
Geography will help develop skills which enhance understanding of topical issues.   Especially useful for Journalism, Business, Planning, Logistics, Conservation, Politics, Transport and Teaching.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in Geography

Exam board website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-2030