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Geography

Geography Overview

 

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant subjects you could choose to study.  Geography fascinates and inspires: the beauty of the earth, the terrible power of earth-shaping forces – these things can take us out of ourselves.

Geography deepens understanding: many contemporary challenges – climate change, food security, energy choices, sustainable development – cannot be understood without a real geographical perspective. Geography serves vital educational goals: thinking and decision making with geography helps us to live our lives as knowledgeable citizens, aware of our own local communities in a global setting. It also helps to promote British values and SMSC.

Geographers are skilful: using maps, mediated images of people and place, numerical data and graphical modes of communication. Geographers get to grips with the geographic information systems that underpin our lives, making them skilful and employable.

Whatever your passion geography will provide you with the transferable skills that are required for future study. Geography can nourish and enrich a whole lifetime of learning.

At Key Stage 3 we study a variety of physical and human topics. In Year 7 students develop their fundamental map skills and locations, fragile environments, rivers and look at Africa in depth. In Year 8 we study population, coastal geography, climate change and the geography of crime. In Year 9 students learn about plate tectonics, Rainforests, Brazil and extreme environments. There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of geography. These are place, space, scale, interdependent physical and human processes, environmental interaction and cultural understanding and diversity. There are also opportunities to develop fieldwork skills both within lessons and outside of lessons.

At Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA specification and study a range of physical and human topics. The physical units include the challenge of natural hazards, living world and physical landscapes in the UK. Human units include urban issues, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management. These make up two (one physical and one human) of the three exams sat by the students at the end of year 11. The third exam is based on the compulsory fieldwork we complete at the start of year 11 where we visit Norfolk. The third exam also involves a pre-release booklet that students receive before the exam.

 

Assessments at Key Stage 4

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

What's assessed

3.1.1 The challenge of natural hazards, 3.1.2 The living world, 3.1.3 Physical landscapes in the UK, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology (SPaG))
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

What's assessed

3.2.1 Urban issues and challenges, 3.2.2 The changing economic world, 3.2.3 The challenge of resource management, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for SPaG)
  • 35% of GCSE

Paper 3: Geographical applications

What's assessed

3.3.1 Issue evaluation, 3.3.2 Fieldwork, 3.4 Geographical skills

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for SPaG)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam