Geography

Curriculum intent

We study Geography to instil students with an excellent understanding of global issues such as migration, climate change and land management.  At the same time being able to understand their impact and involvement with this at a local scale.  It teaches them skills for life in lessons and through fieldwork such as enquiry, problem solving, statistics and teamwork.

Our Geographers go out into the world equipped with the knowledge of key concepts and the skills to be able to help change the world for the better!

Specifications in geography encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. They should prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The aims are for learners to:

 

 

  • actively engage in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world
  • develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments from local to global
  • appreciate the differences and similarities between people’s views of the world, its environments, societies and cultures
  • understand the significance of values and attitudes to the development and resolution of issues
  • develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive
  • develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out of classroom learning
  • use geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis.

GCSE Geography: AQA 8035

Overview of content
  • UK Physical landscapes - Rivers and Coasts
  • Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforests and Arctic areas
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Changing Economic World
  • Resource Management and Energy
  • Haxards - tectonic and climatic

The assessment of this course is 100% examination.

All students will participate in at least two fieldwork activities during their course of study.

The assessment now takes the form of three exams, each ninety minutes in duration. Two of the exams are based on the course content. The third exam is partly a decision making paper which revolves around the evaluation of current issues, partly application of Geographical skills and finally questions relating to the fieldwork.

 
AS and A Level Geography: Syllabus AQA 7037

AQA specification 7036/7037 - the decision to sit just the AS can be made during year 12.

"Geography is one of the best subjects to give you a great knowledge about the world around you and how everything in the world is connected."

AS Assessment: two papers worth 50% each

Paper one

  • Section A: Water and carbon cycles
  • Section B: Hazards

​How it is assessed: written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper two

  • Section A: Changing places
  • Section B: Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills

​​​How it is assessed: Two written exams: 1 hour 30 minutes each

A level assessment: Two papers worth 40% of A Level, one fieldwork investigation worth 20%

Paper one: Physical Geography

  • Section A: Water and Carbon cycles (36 marks)
  • Section B: Coastal Systems (36 marks)
  • Section C: Hazards (48 marks)

Paper two: Human Geography

  • Section A: Global systems and governance (36 marks)
  • Section B: Changing Places (36 marks)
  • Section C: Urban Environments/Resource Security (48 marks)

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. It should be 3,000 - 4,000 words and is marked by teachers. This is worth 20% of the A Level.