Key Stage 4:
When studying Geography, students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, other high income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and low income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, natural hazards, development, global shifts in economic power, deforestation, coastlines and rivers in the UK and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.
The GCSE course comprises 3 units of work which are examined at the end of Year 11.
Students study AQA A Geography course covering the following topics:-
- Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment – 35% of the final grade
- Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment – 35% of the final grade
- Unit 3 – Geographical Applications – 30% of the final grade
Pupils who study Geography for GCSE will also complete two fieldwork investigations. The aim of the first investigation is to understand the physical processes and management strategies used along a stretch of the UK coastline. The second investigation focuses on the impact of tourism on the economy of a UK coastal town.
Key Stage 3:
The units outlined below are designed to respond to the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to play their part in an ever changing world.
- Fantastic Places: explore a wide variety of unique and interesting places around the world. Pick up new Geography skills and discover the impact that people have on the natural environment.
- Natural Hazards: understand the causes, impacts and responses to uncontrollable natural events around the world.
- Rivers: discover how rivers can shape and change the world’s landscapes.
- Brazil: explore a country of contrasts, from the issues surrounding deforestation in the Amazon rainforest to the management of squatter settlements in Brazil’s major cities.
- Weather and Climate: discover what affects the global climate, the causes and impacts of climate change and track extreme weather events across the world.
- Global Issues: the news is full of Geography! Understand the environmental changes that are affecting the world around us, from sea level rise to energy supply and sustainable living.
- Urban Britain: get to know the human geography of the UK with a focus on our capital, the mega city of London. Discover why London has grown and the importance of the River Thames.
- America the Great? Explore this country of contrasts, from the economics of Disney and the bustling city of New York to tornado alley and the San Andreas Fault.
- The Challenge of Natural Hazards: get a taste of Geography GCSE. Discover why volcanoes erupt and what life is like living on an active plate boundary.
If you require any further information please contact Mrs Love at the school.