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
Students 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.
Extreme Environments: explore some of the world’s most extreme environments, look at their characteristics, the challenges they pose and how animals and plants have adapted to survive in them.
Population and Migration: discover where people live and why, as well as why we are living longer and the impact of this. Understand attempts to control population growth and explore migration – why it occurs, where it occurs and the impact it has on origin and host countries.
- Development: investigate some of the reasons that inequality exists around the world, and how it affects global communities. Address misconceptions around poverty, and evaluate ways of reducing the development gap.
- Globalisation: think about what globalisation is and why it has occurred, before considering the winners and losers of this process across the globe.
- Weather and climate: get a taste of GCSE Geography – looking at what affects our weather and how it affects us. Focussing on extreme weather and how these events are becoming more frequent, as well as thinking about the impact of climate change and how we are having to adapt to the changing climate.