Geography

Geography

Geography aims to develop students as effective and independent learners and as critical thinkers with enquiring minds who appreciate the affects of our changing world.


There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social change, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study.

Teaching Staff:

  • Mark Watson (HOD)
  • Mary Murray
  • Adele Burrows
  • Sean McGoldrick

 

Course Outline:

Key Stage 3 Geography pupils experience a diverse range of both Physical & Human Geography over three years. Topics studied at Key Stage 3 include:
  • Year 8: What is Geography?, Rivers, Economic Activity & Settlement
  • Year 9: Globalisation, Geography of Crime, People and Resources & Global Warming
  • Year 10: Development, Tectonic Activity, Tourism & Fair Trade

 

Assessment: Modular/Non-Modular

  • An assessment will be set at the end of each topic. This will be an extended homework, assignment or class test
  • Each assessment will carry 10% of the pupil’s final mark in June
  • The results of each assessment are recorded for monitoring
  • Departmental letters will be sent home for missed or unsatisfactory homework and/or underachievement in assessments
  • A further10% of the pupil’s final mark will be rewarded on the quality of their notebook
  • All pupils sit a final one hour exam in June which will make up the remaining percentage over their over all grade

 

Coursework: Nature/Timing

N/A Pupil will be involved in Fieldwork in Year 8 & Year 10

 

Study/Homework Requirements

  • One significant Geography homework will be given each week
  • Pupils are encouraged to have their homework signed
  • If a pupil is absent when homework is given, it is his responsibility to find out what the homework is and to complete it as soon as possible

 

Key Points to Success

In addition to the weekly homework pupils are strongly advised to:

  • Spend 5-10 minutes only on the evening after a Geography class or in a study period following a Geography class reading through their latest notes and simply underlining the key words/terms.
  • Regularly summarise notes onto flash cards or into a separate revision notebook.
  • Keep a record or a checklist of Key Terms and Vocabulary to revise from.

 

Aims

Turn on your TV almost any day and you will see coverage of events such as flooding, storms or earthquakes and hear about issues such as sustainability and global warming. These events and issues are at the very heart of Geography. By studying Geography you will gain an awareness of your own responsibilities and how you can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive.

This Course is Suitable if...

Over the last decade Geography has been one of the most exciting and rapidly changing subjects in the school curriculum. It is the only subject that can be classified as either an Arts, Science or Social Science and this allows it to combine easily with other GCSE subject choices

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future" - Michael Palin

What Will I Study?

Year 11 Topics: You will study three themes:
  • 1. Dynamic Landscape (rivers and coasts)
  • 2. Our Changing Weather and Climate (weather systems affecting us and the causes and effects of climate change)
  • 3. The Restless Earth (earthquakes).

 

Year 12 topics: You will study three themes:
  • 1. People and Where They Live (population and settlement)
  • 2. Contrasts in World Development (the differences between LEDCs and MEDCs)
  • 3. Managing our Resources (sustainable solutions).

 

Controlled Assessment

Controlled assessment: Fieldwork report based on primary data collection, 25% weighting, completed and submitted in Year 12

 

External Exams

Two external exams: 1 hr 30 mins each, 37.5% weighting each. Both exams are made up of multi-part questions; the resource material used in each question may take a variety of forms, such as written text, statistical, and pictorial. Both exams are set in the summer of Year 12

 

What Skills Will I Gain Studying This Subject?

Geography is relevant, stimulating and interesting. Whether you just want to broaden your knowledge, plan to continue your studies through further education, or use this course to start your career – this course will provide you with the opportunity to gain transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, analysing, investigation, ICT, GIS and map reading. Skills which employers search for today.

 

Progression Routes After This Course

  • A Level Geography, BTEC Leisure & Tourism
  • Degree in Geography; human geography; physical geography; coastal geography; applied geography; marine geography; environmental geography, environment planning and town planning are just some of the many course you can follow.
  • Geography graduates lend themselves to a wide range of jobs. Many geography students go on to have successful and interesting careers such as urban planners, cartographers, GIS specialists, climatologists, environment managers, weather forecasters, researchers, teachers, demographers, environmental managers and/or hazardous-waste planners. Or they may apply their skills to a range of other industries, including law, architecture, management consultancy and marketing.

 

Where Can I Find Out More?

You can find out more about Geography at CCEA Geography Micro Site: http://www.ccea.org.uk/geography 

 

Aims

Geography aims to develop students as effective and independent learners and as critical thinkers with enquiring minds who appreciate the affects of our changing world

This Course is Suitable if...

You want to be part of one of the most exciting and rapidly changing subjects in the school curriculum. It is the only subject that can be classified as an Arts, Science or Social Science and this allows it to combine easily with other A’ Level subject choices, keeping your career options open as you progress onto university or employment.

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future" - Michael Palin

What Will I Study?

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social change, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study.

AS Unit 1 - Physical Geography & Fieldwor
AS Unit 2 - Content/Further Details
Section A: - In this section you will learn how to collect data first hand from physical and human environments.

Section B: - In this section you will study:

Rivers, Ecosystems & Weather

AS Unit 2

Human Geography & Techniques


AS Unit 2 - Content/Further Details
Section A - will focus on data collection and processing.

Section B: - In this section you will study:

Population, Rural and Urban Environments & Development

A2 Unit 1

Human Geography & Global Issues


A2 Unit 1 - Content/Further Details
Section A:In this section there are three optional units from which you choose two.
  • Option A: Impact of Population Change,
  • Option B: Planning for Sustainable Settlements
  • Option C: Issues in Ethnic Diversity.

Section B:
  • Option D: Issues in Tourism
A2 Unit 1

Physical Geography & Decision Making


A2 Unit 1 - Content/Further Details

Section A: In this section there are three optional units from which you choose two
  • Option A: Fluvial and Coastal Environments
  • Option B: Sustainability of Tropical Ecosystems
  • Option C: The Dynamic Earth.
Section B: Is a decision-making exercise which will take the form of a case study with a variety of resources.
  • You will then use the skills and techniques that you have developed at A2 to evaluate the results and consider alternative choices.

How Will i be assessed?

There are a total of four units in this course, two at AS and two at A2. The breakdown of the units is detailed in the table.

There is no coursework in AS or A2, however Students will be assessed on Fieldwork carried out as AS & A2

AS 1

  • Physical Geography - (including fieldwork skills)
  • Worth 50% of AS 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes external examination paper which will include an assessment of fieldwork
  • Available in the January and Summer Series

AS 2

  • Human Geography - (including skills and techniques)
  • Worth 50% of AS 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes external examination which will include an assessment of skills and techniques
  • Available in the January and Summer Series

A2 1

  • Human Geography and Global Issues
  • Worth 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes external examination paper
  • Available in the January and Summer Series

A2 2

  • Physical Geography and Decision- Making
  • Worth 25% of A Level
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes external examination paper which will include a decision-making exercise
  • Available in the Summer Series

What skills will I gain studying this subject?

Geography is relevant, stimulating and interesting. Whether you just want to broaden your knowledge, plan to continue your studies through further education, or use this course to start your career – this course will provide you with the opportunity to gain transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, analysing, investigation, ICT and decision making. These are the skills which universities & employers search for today in the modern employment market.

Some careers where this subject is useful...

Geographers are highly employable. Whatever your passion for the world, geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.
As well as traditional jobs in planning, teaching and research, geography students/graduates use the skills that they have acquired to work as:
  • environmental and transport consultants
  • engineering
  • surveyors
  • cartographers
  • architects
  • GIS analysts
  • market researchers
In addition, many geographers move into finance, law, accountancy, marketing or the civil service.

Where can i find out more?

These include: