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Course Title: GCSE Geography
Examination Board: AQA (Syllabus A)
Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Not Applicable
English Baccalaureate: Geography forms part of the qualification
Contact: Mrs L Pallas

Course Aims:

This exciting course is based on a balance framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between man-made and natural worlds. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. This course allows optional topics which enable us to teach aspects of the curriculum that are the most suited to our students. Learning within geography is personalised to the students' needs.

Course Description:


Fieldwork: Students need to undertake two geographical enquiries, each of which must include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise. Fieldwork must take place outside the classroom and school grounds on at least two occasions. Fieldwork is an essential aspect of geography. It ensures that students are given the opportunity to consolidate and extend their geographical understanding by relating learning to real experiences of the world.

Residential Fieldtrip: Students also have the opportunity to visit Italy in Year 10 which will deepen their knowledge of tectonic processes studied in Unit 1.How will I learn?
The lessons will have interesting content which will make use of thinking skills activities as well as ICT and relevant video material. A residential field trip will be on offer in year 10.

Possible Career Pathways:
Employers and universities value the broad range of transferable skills that Geography delivers. Geography fits neatly with science, arts and humanities, and geographers also tend to have very good IT skills. A GCSE in Geography is excellent preparation for a career in planning, resource and countryside management, tourism and recreation and, environmental management and development. Many geographers also move into general management careers or branch out into journalism.

Geography Curriculum

Geography is the study of the world and the people within it. Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps our students to make sense of a complex and ever changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how populations and their physical environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, cultures and environments are interconnected. Throughout KS3 students will consolidate and extend their knowledge of the world's major countries and their physical and human features. They will understand how geographical processes interact to create distinctive human and physical landscapes that change over time. In doing so, they will become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world around them. They will develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts [such as models and theories] and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources. In this way students will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding. Students will extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world's countries, and will understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of the human and physical geography within the world. 

Throughout the Geography curriculum students will also:

• build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field
• interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs
• use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data
• use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

 

Subject summary: Year 7 Geography Programme of Study

Within the Year 7 Geography curriculum students will study Geographical Skills, Our Dynamic Earth, Rivers, Coasts and Asia. The aim of the Y7 Geography course is to help your child develop a deeper understanding of the world around them including the processes that shape our world, how they affect people and how people adapt to these challenges.

Subject summary: Year 8 Geography Programme of Study

Within the Year 8 Geography curriculum students will study Weather & Climate, Population, Ecosystems, Development & Africa, Urbanisation and Resources & Climate Change. The aim of the Year 8 Geography course is to help your child extend their knowledge of the world's major countries and their physical and human features. They are exploring a variety of issues of global significance and by the end of the year your child should understand why there is so much inequality in the world and how it arose.

Subject summary: Year 9 Geography Programme of Study

Within the Year 9 Geography curriculum students will start to study embed the skills needed for the new GCSE 1-9 specification which includes the Challenge of Natural Hazards (Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards and climate Change), The Living World (Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts) and UK Physical Landscapes (Coasts and Rivers).

Subject summary: Year 10 Geography Programme of Study

Within the Year 10 Geography curriculum students will study the new GCSE 1-9 specification which includes the Challenge in the Human Environment (Urban Issues and Challenges and The Changing Economic World), The Challenge of Resource Management (Resource Management choosing either Food, Water or Energy).

Subject summary: Year 11 Geography Programme of Study

Within the Year 11 Geography curriculum student's student the current GCSE AQA A*-G specification.

Course Aims: To help pupils to understand relationships between people and their environment. This course allows optional topics which enable us to teach aspects of the curriculum that are the most suited to our students. Learning within geography is personalised to the students' needs.

Course Description:

Unit 1: Physical Geography - Topics include: Rivers, Coasts and Volcanoes and Earthqaukes. The exam is a one hour written exam taken in June of Year 11 and is worth 37.5%.
Unit 2: Human Geography - Topics include: Population, Urban Environments and Tourism. The exam is a one hour written exam taken in June of Year 11 and is worth 37.5%.
Unit 3: Investigating Geography - Students complete coursework which includes a fieldwork investigation and report. It is submitted in May of Year 11 and is worth 25% of the final mark.