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Head of Department: Mr N Mullett
Telephone:
01344 465062
Email:
nmullett@brakenhale.co.uk

Geography tackles the big issues such as environmental responsibility,our global interdependence,cultural understanding and tolerance, commerce, trade and industry. The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes.

In Geography we aim to stimulate students’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth’s surface;  to foster students’ sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them; and help students to develop an informed concern about the validity of the environment and the future of the human habitat and thereby enhance students’ sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.

An introduction to all the topics in the National Curriculum, covering environmental, human and physical topics.

In Year 7 we study Atlas skills, Map skills, Glacial and Limestone Landscapes, Tourism and its impacts on the UK and weather and climate.

In Year 8 we take an in depth look at Asia with specific reference to China, its economy and energy concerns, Rivers, their landforms and flood events and Extreme Environments.

In Year 9 we look at Coasts and Coral Reefs, Natural Hazards (specifically earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes, and Development Issues within Kenya.

Appropriate places will be chosen as case studies from MEDCs (More Economically Developed Countries) and LEDCs (Less Economically Developed Countries).

Across the two years of GCSE you will study the following themes:

Coasts Rivers
Climate Change Natural Hazards
Tourism Ecosystems
Population Globalisation
Development

You will also complete a controlled assessment fieldwork task and an additional research task which will also be assessed by the examination board.

At AS Level in Year 12 you study:

Unit 1 – Physical and Human Geography (as part of the specification you will study rivers, floods and management and population change, coastal environments, energy issues.)

Unit 2 – Geographical Skills (you will study a range of skills in conjunction with the topics studied in unit 1 and apply these skills within an investigative piece of fieldwork. Skills that will be developed include ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical analysis.)

Then at A2 Level in Year 13 you continue with

Unit 3 – Contemporary Geographical Issues (an issues-based approach to contemporary themes within Geography. You will study the following topics: Plate tectonics and associated hazards; weather and climate and associated hazards and world cities)

Unit 4A – Geographical Fieldwork Investigation (An extended piece of fieldwork that centres on one of the areas studied across the two year examination course. Skills that will be developed include ICT, graphical, statistical analysis and independent research.)