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      Geography

      Geography is part of the Humanities faculty which offers a wide range of courses for students. As  Humanities staff we attempt to generate an ethos of humanity in all of our work, both in and out of the classroom.

      The breadth of courses provides opportunities for students to succeed at many levels and with a wide variety of different interests; there really is something for everyone within the faculty.

      We recognise that learning takes place both in and out of normal lessons

      Year 9

      The year 9 Geography course includes several units that aim to develop a range of skills and develop an awareness of the complex geographical systems in the world around them. Unit one focuses on investigating places allowing the study of the human and physical features of Japan and Ghana it helps the development of comparison skills making links between the geographical processes and the creation of distinct human and physical landscapes. The second unit focuses on the physical processes of hazards including flooding, tsunami’s and hurricanes looking at the causes and human interactions relating to these hazards. The third topic investigates the human process of globalisation allowing students to assess whether there are positive or negative implications of an increasing globalised world.

      Throughout the units students 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 pupils will continue to enrich their locational knowledge and spatial and environmental understanding.

      Year 10 and Year 11

      Course

      GCSE Geography

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      Edexcel Syllabus B  -  2GB01

      Grade Equivalences

      9 to 1

      Assessment Route

      3 exams: Unit 1 Global Geographical Issues (37.5%), Unit 2 UK Geographical Issues (37.5%), Unit 3 People & Environment Issues - Making Geographical Decisions (25%)

      The GCSE Geography course provides an engaging real world focus and deals with a range of current issues.  We study issues locally, nationally and internationally, enabling students to understand human and environmental problems on a global scale.

       

      The topics studied include the following:

      • Global Geographical Issues (Unit 1)
        1. Hazardous Earth
        2. Development Dilemmas
        3. Challenges of an urbanising world
      • UK Geographical Issues (Unit 2)
        1. The UK’s evolving physical landscape (either coasts or rivers)
        2. The UK’s evolving human landscape including the study of a major UK city
        3. Geographical Investigations including one physical fieldwork and one human fieldwork investigation
      • People & Environmental Issues – Making Geographical Decisions (Unit 3)
        1. People & the Biosphere
        2. Forests Under Threat
        3. Consuming Energy Resources

      All 3 exams will include multiple choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and 8 mark extended writing questions.  In addition in unit 3, the ‘Making Geographical Decisions’ section requires students to apply their knowledge to an unseen situation and choose one of three decisions assessed through a 12 mark extended writing question.  

       

      Students will develop geographical skills throughout the course including map interpretation, graph interpretation, problem solving, data handling and mathematical and statistical skills.  Students will take part in a variety of decision making exercises, role plays and simulations, utilising a variety of teaching and learning styles.  Fieldwork is an important part of the course and will involve two local day trips.

      Year 12 and Year 13

      Course

      GCE A Level Geography

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      Edexcel - 9GEO

      Grades

      A*-E

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      Grade C in Geography (or a humanities subject e.g History) and a GCSE Grade 4 in English

       

      Assessment Route

      Unit 1: (120 minute exam)  90 marks,  30%  of final grade

      Unit 2: (120 minute exam)  90 marks,  30% of final grade

      Unit 3: (105 minute exam) 60 marks, 20% of final grade

      Unit 4: Coursework (3000-4000 words), 60 marks, 20% of final grade

       

      Unit 1: Physical geography

      • Tectonic Processes and Hazards
      • The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
      • The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
      • Coastal Landscapes and Change or Glaciated Landscapes 

      Unit 2: Human geography

      • Globalisation
      • Superpowers
      • Regenerating Places or Diverse Places
      • Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty

      Unit 3: Synoptic exam

      Unit 1 and 2 contain three synoptic themes

      • Players
      • Attitudes and actions
      • Futures and uncertainties
      • The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes.

       

      Unit 4: Independent Investigation (Coursework)

      The student defines a question or issue for investigation. The student’s investigation will incorporate fieldwork data (collected individually or as part of a group) and own research and/or secondary data. It is 3000-4000 words.

       

      Learning strategies

      The department uses a full range of strategies from group-work and role-play through to individual work, discussions, debates, written work, note taking, thinking skills, presentations, individual research and group research.

      A range of skills will be taught including essay writing, note taking, skills of analysis, evaluation and justification, as well as field work and research skills as integral to the whole course.

      We want students to develop a personalised approach to their learning.

      Field work is an important skill and provision will be made by the department to cover all the exam elements. There will be a cost to the students for fieldwork that parents should be aware of but this cost is yet to be confirmed.