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Geography is about developing a sense of place and an understanding of the world in which we live.


Lower & Middle School Geography

Year 7 Topics:

What is Geography?

  • Human and Physical
  • Where do I live?
  • Map Skills
  • Graphs in Geography
  • My Local Area

The UK Landscape

  • Rural and Urban
  • Rivers
  • Seas
  • Mountains
  • Places we can go
  • The differences between places.

Water on the land

  • Water Cycle
  • Rivers – Erosion, Deposition and Transport
  • Flooding

Geography in the News

  • (non exam topic)

Europe as a continent

  • European Countries
  • European People
  • European Landscape

Tourism

 

Year 8 Topics:

Settlements

  • What are settlements?
  • Location
  • Function
  • Structure
  • Regeneration (Olympics)

Population

  • World Population
  • Population in the UK
  • Growing Population
  • Ageing Population
  • Population Policy

Environmental Concerns

  • Climate Change
  • Global Warming
  • Tropical Storms Increase
  • Ecosystem damage
  • Animals under threat

Resources

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Water

Globalisation

  • What is Globalisation
  • Connections
  • Goods
  • Industry

Alternative Geography (non exam)

Coasts

  • Erosion
  • Deposition
  • Transportation
  • Sand dunes
  • Management

 

Year 9 Topics:

Ring of Fire

  • The Pacific Region
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes (Cause, Impacts and Prevention)
  • Volcanos

UK Vs LIC

  • Where are they?
  • Development

Weather and Climates

  • World Weather
  • UK Weather
  • Climates of the World

Living World

  • Ecosystems
  • Biomes
  • Food Chains
  • Food Webs
  • The Nutrient Cycle
  • Rainforests
  • Cold Environments

GCSE Geography

The Geography course allows students to:

  • increase their locational knowledge – where places are and how they are interconnected.
  • develop their fieldwork and geographical skills.
  • gain an understanding of place, processes and UK geography.
  • understand physical geography through examining geomorphic processes, the landscape, and changing weather and climate patterns.
  • gain an understanding of people and the environment, processes and interactions, global ecosystems and biodiversity along with resources and their management.
  • gain an understanding of human geography, processes and change, cities and urban society along with global economic development issues.

 

The course provides pupils with the opportunity to study a dynamic subject within which the patterns and issues are constantly changing.  It is an excellent subject for pupils who wish to develop an understanding of the issues within today’s world.

 

Examination Board: AQA

 

Course Content:

 

Mode of Assessment:

Linear system comprising of the following:

Question papers are un-tiered.

 

Questions will be a mix of multiple choice, short structured responses and extended writing.  The grading system is now based on a numbering system.  The grades range from 9-1.

 

There are three written exam papers which all take place at the end of Year 11.

 

Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment.

This comprises 35% of the total assessment.

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks.

 

The candidate answers five questions out of a possible seven, two of which are compulsory.

The questions cover the following topics:

 

  • The challenge of natural hazards which includes: tectonic hazards, tropical storms, extreme weather in the UK and climate change

 

  • Physical landscapes in the UK which includes: coastal landscapes, river landscapes and glacial landscapes

 

  • The living world which includes: ecosystems, tropical rainforests, hot deserts and cold environments.

 

Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment

This comprises 35% of the total assessment.

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks.

The candidate will answer questions on the following topics:

 

  • Urban issues and challenges

 

  • The changing economic world

 

  • The challenge of resource management including: food, water and energy

 

Unit 3: Geographical Applications.

This comprises 30% of the total assessment.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 76 marks.

 

Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam.

 

Section A – Issue Evaluation:

Pupils will be provided with compulsory structured questions surrounding a particular theme, which leads to an extended writing task based on pre-release.  A source booklet will be issued to pupils in advance.  The theme arises from the subject content of Units 1 or 2 but may extend beyond it through the use of resources.  The theme could combine human and physical aspects.

 

Section B – Fieldwork:

Pupils will be given compulsory questions based on their enquiry work and the use of fieldwork materials in an unfamiliar context.


A-Level Geography

Geography has always been one of the most popular choices at both A-level and university.  Having undergone some significant changes the course has introduced some new topics and offers students more choice, whilst encouraging the acquisition of a broad range of skills along with lifelong learning.  The study of geography provides the opportunity to look at contemporary and topical issues which can be related to the world in which we live.  It emphasises the changes that are taking place at a range of differing scales and helps us develop an understanding of the relationships between people and their environment.  Included in our A-level course is a three-day residential field trip to the Cranedale Field Study Centre near Malton in North Yorkshire.  The preferred minimum requirement for a student to pursue this course is a grade C in GCSE Geography.

 

Examination Board: AQA

 

Course content

 

A-LeveL (Linear course) 2 years

 

Component 1: Physical Geography

 

What’s assessed:

Section A: Water and carbon cycles

Section B: Hot desert systems and landscapes or Coastal systems and landscapes or Glacial systems and landscapes

Section C: either hazards or ecosystems under stress

 

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 120 marks
  • 40% of A-level

 

Questions:

  • Section A: answer all questions (36 marks)
  • Section B: answer either question 2 or question 3 or question 4 (36 marks)
  • Section C: answer either question 5 or question 6 (48 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose

 

Component 2: Human Geography

 

What’s assessed:

Section A: Global systems and global governance

Section B: Changing places

Section C: Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource

Security

 

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 120 marks
  • 40% of A-level

 

Questions:

  • Section A: answer all questions (36 marks)
  • Section B: answer all questions (36 marks)
  • Section C: answer either question 3 or question 4 or question 5 (48 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

 

Component 3: Geography Fieldwork Investigation

 

What’s assessed:

Students complete an individual investigation which must include data 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.

 

How it’s assessed:

  • 3000 – 4000 words
  • 60 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

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