Tackling the big issues

Head of Department: Mr S Vegh
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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).

At GCSE, students will study the AQA Geography specification. The course contains a range of physical and human geography units that will be studied in the following manner:

Year 10 Year 11
The Living World Urban Issues and Challenges
Natural Hazards The Changing Economic World
Physical Landscape of the UK (including coasts and rivers) The Challenge of Resource Management

Students will also have to complete two different pieces of fieldwork across the two-year course and use a wide range of geographical skills to interpret and analyse the data.

Students will sit three papers – one physical geography related, one human geography related and a geographical skills paper which will centre on the student’s own fieldwork experience.

At A Level, students will study the AQA Geography specification. The course contains a wide breadth of study and the students will study the following units:

  • Water and the Carbon Cycle (Compulsory)
  • Coastal systems and landscapes
  • Hazards
  • Global Systems and Global Governance (Compulsory)
  • Changing Places (Compulsory)
  • Contemporary Urban Environments

Students will also complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. This fieldwork can be about any issue or question from any part of the specification.

Students will sit two papers – one physical geography and one human geography. They will also submit their fieldwork investigation for internal assessment.