Geography

KS3

 

All students study Geography twice a weeks in years 7 and 8. The aim for all students is to understand the interconnectedness of both human and physical aspects of the world we live in. Students will understand that our actions as humans have a direct impact on the natural world, and how we can live here sustainably as a social and political community, as well as a stewards of our earth. They will understand the various causes of global inequalities and how policies and new ideas can help to resolve them. Students will learn the practical skills such as field sketches, various types of map reading as well as interpreting data to form opinions which are supported by evidence from the most up to date data. It is of great importance that students realise how much of a part they have in protecting and progressing our planet socially, economically, politically and environmentally.

 

Year 7 Year 8
What is Geography? The Geographies of Food
Map Skills Coasts
Ecosystems Generating Electricity
Tesctonic Activity Cities
Sustainability Development
Population

KS4

Geography is an option subject at KS4.  Students make their choices in Year 8 and start the course in Year 9.  They have three lessons a week. The final GCSE grade is made up of three written exams; there is no coursework or controlled assessment module.  All exams are taken in the summer of Year 11. The Unit 3 exam is based on data collected during fieldwork exercises off site which the students will be prepared for.

 

Exam board: AQA

Year 9 Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: The Living World
Living with the physical environment Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK
Written exam: 1 hr 30mins 88 marks, 35% of GCSE
Year 10 Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Challenges in the human environment Section C: The challenge of resource management
Written exam: 1 hr 30mins 88 marks, 35% of GCSE
Year 11 Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork
Geographical applications 76 marks, 30% of GCSE
Pre-release resources available, 12 weeks before this exam

 

The following Geographical Skills will be tested in the three papers above:

  • Cartographic skills (reading various types of maps)
  • Graphical skills
  • Numerical skills
  • Statistical skills
  • Use of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Formulate enquiry and argument
  • Literacy

 

KS5

To take A Level Geography, students need B grades for English and Geography at GCSE. They will have five lessons of Geography with two teachers. The A Level grade is made up of two written exams taken in June of Year 13 and one coursework module completed by March of Year 13.

 

Exam board: AQA

 

Paper 1 Section A: Water and Carbon Cycles
Section B: Biome systems
Physical Geography Component Section C: Hazards/Ecosystems under stress
Written exam: 2 hr 30mins 120 marks, 40% of A-Level
Paper 2 Section A: Global systems and global governance
Section B: Changing places
Human Geography Component Section C: Resource Security
Written exam: 2 hr 30mins 120 marks, 40% of A-Level
Component 3 Students complete an individual investigation which must include dad collected in the field.
The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.
Geography Fieldwork
3,000-4,000 words, 60marks, 20% of A-Level, marked by teachers, moderated by AQA