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Geography

Head of Department: Ms Josephine Haworth

The study of Geography is essential if we are to understand our place in the world. Geographers learn about societies, economies and cultures, and the environmental factors that shape their lives – and ours.

Key Stage 3 Geography

Students study Geography for 3 hours per fortnight during Key Stage3.

In Year 7, students begin to develop their sense of place through a study of different ecosystems and the impacts of population change in different areas. They continue to develop their sense of place through understanding maps and various mapping skills. In the second half of the year they learn about the role that weather and climate plays in shaping our lives moving on to rivers and hydrology. They finish the year with the study of a less economically developed country.

In Year 8, students begin by investigating the various cultures around the world. Secondly, students continue to develop their understanding of physical processes by exploring Glaciated and Coastal environments. In the second half of the year, students learn about Energy supply and demand and also the impacts that chosen energy types can have on the environment. Students then have the opportunity to carry out fieldwork to set them up for GCSE and look at the impacts that Tourism can have on an area.

In Year 9, students are going to start studying part of the Geography GCSE course so by the end of the year they will have completed one component. . They start the year investigating the causes and consequences of tectonic activity and other natural hazards, developing a greater understanding of places through the use of case studies. Students then move onto relevant human geography topics including development dynamics and challenges of an urbanising world.

Key Stage 4 Geography

Geography is a fantastic GCSE that offers a wide range of topical and relevant issues and skills that can be applied within other subjects. It is also a traditional subject that is widely accepted by colleges and universities.

The GCSE curriculum in Geography addresses big issues facing the planet and people on it. This includes:

  • Coastal environments: The study of coastal areas, including uses, processes, change and management.
  • Living with Natural Hazards: The study of hostile environments, the causes and effects of hazards and their effects on people.
  • Urban environments: The study of urban areas, including their characteristics, how they are changing and whether they can be truly sustainable.
  • Global Tourism - The study of tourism as a rapidly growing industry, and the impacts on people and places.
  • Local Geography: an investigation including fieldwork and geographical issues, intended to develop solutions to real problems.

We follow the AQA B syllabus. The course is taught through a mixture of classroom study and fieldwork, with one assessment unit based on students' fieldwork experience. Assessment is through a combination of fieldwork reports and two examinations at the end of the course.

Extra-curricular opportunities 

As part of the GCSE course students are encouraged to attend a fieldtrip in Year 10 which allows them to analyse data and write up a formal controlled assessment piece. We do however also offer students the opportunity to travel abroad, in recent years we have visited Iceland and Morocco.

For more information, see the current GCSE Options Booklet.

Progression opportunities

In the Sixth Form we offer Geography A Level and an Applied A Level in Travel and Tourism. You can find out more on our Sixth Form pages.

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