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Geography is the essence of all life on earth; the way our planet works; the patterns of human species; the links between places and spaces. It encompasses everything round us and how they interact.
Geography combines a range of skills that will be useful in future careers from group work and presentations to independent research and many other transferable skills. It also involves getting out of the classroom to see how people and the environment interact.
Key stage 3
Key stage three Geography aims to develop strong basic geographical foundations. A variety of human, physical and environmental topics are covered in all years. Topics covered in Year 7 include tectonic hazards, Kenya and coasts. In Year 8, students study local issues, national issues and global issues. Year 9 students study natural hazards ranging from droughts to floods, tsunamis to avalanches. In addition they study tourism and conflicts. There are a number of field trips including visits to the site of the Olympics and Cuckmere Haven, Italy and Iceland.
GCSE course structure
The course is made up of three units.
Unit 1: Managing places in the 21st Century: Coasts and Urban. Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 86 marks – 37.5%
Unit 2: Hostile world and Investigating the Shrinking World (Natural hazards and Tourism). Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 86 marks – 37.5%
Unit 3: Local investigation including fieldwork and Geographical issue investigation. Controlled assessment. 25% of final grade.
The course develops various skills such as communication, graphical and problem solving. There are opportunities for students to develop their particular interests and show initiative in fieldwork, homework and projects.
What qualification do you get?
- A full GCSE pass ranging from A* to C (higher grade passes) and D to G (lower grade passes).
- It counts towards 1 of the 5 key subjects of the English Baccalaureate – the benchmark for university entrance.
You will be assessed through two terminal examinations (each worth 37.5%) and controlled assessment coursework (25%).
The course is made up of four units.
- Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography (structured short and extended questions, 70% of AS, 2 hour exam, 120 marks)
- Unit 2: Geographical Skills (structured skills and generic fieldwork questions, 30% of AS, 1 hour exam, 50 marks)
- Unit 3: Contemporary Geographical Issues (structured short and extended questions, plus an essay, 30% of A Level, 2 hour and 30 minutes, 90 marks)
- Unit 4: Fieldwork Investigation (structured short and extended questions based on candidates’ fieldwork investigation and fieldwork skills, 20% of A level, 1 hour 30 minutes written exam, 60 marks)
What qualification do you get?
- AS qualification A-E at the end of year 12.
- A-Level qualification A*-E at the end of year 13.
This course is a modular course. All units are assessed by written examination.
What can a qualification in Geography lead to?
The list is endless but some examples include: marketing, planning and community development, environmental and transport management, teaching and researching.
“An amazing subject! Great fun and really relevant to the world around us” - Sophie
“Up to date and really useful for whatever career I decide to do in the future” - Chris
“I really enjoy the fieldtrips and a variety of activities that we do in lesson time. It’s always an interesting lesson.” - Lucy
“It links well to lots of other subjects and it’s relevant to everyday issues.” - Jack
Doug is one of our Year 13 Sixth Form students. He studied GCSE Geography and gained an A grade and is currently in his second year of the Geography A-level. Doug has applied to University to study Geography and Natural Hazards. This is what Doug says about Geography: “Geographical forces created, shape and govern the world we live in. These forces are often so complex and widespread that they go undetected in everyday life. I possess a great interest in physical geography as studying it allows you to explore and learn about every corner of the earth. I particularly enjoy learning about how areas came to be like they are, why various landforms exist and how they were created. My main area of interest is natural hazards including tectonic hazards and extreme weather; all of which can be catastrophic in their impacts, affecting millions of people each year.”
Extra- curricular Geography
After school clubs and revision sessions run throughout the year at KS3, KS4 and KS5. There are also a number of visits and trips.