Curriculum Leader: Ms C Leeke


Fortnightly Lessons:
3 lessons

Weekly, 30 minutes

Year 7 Topics:
Map skills – including a study of the continents and how to use an atlas
Europe – British Isles Antarctica – cold climates
Africa – developing nations
South America – threats to the Amazon
North America – tornadoes and hurricanes

Year 8 Topics:
Settlement Change
Cracking Coasts
Plate Tectonics
Decision Making Exercise
Map Skills

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Students study the Edexcel A syllabus. The course comprises of three main themes – The natural environment, the human environment and geographical skills and challenges. A range of topics are covered in each theme; The Natural Environment – Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes, Tectonic Landscapes and a Watery World The Human Environment – Population Change, Settlement Change, Economic Change and a Tourist World Geographical Skills and Challenges – Geographical skills & Challenges for the planet which include climate change, interpretations of sustainability, traffic management & resource extraction from rainforests. Students are expected to carry out fieldwork to collect data for the coursework. They visit a location to carry out field work which will extend their knowledge, understanding and skills of geographical investigations. This trip is designed to prepare students for unit 4; they will be required to complete a piece of coursework worth 25% of the overall grade. Students are assessed by three exams (one on each theme) and a piece of coursework. Each aspect is worth 25% of the overall grade. Homework is primarily based upon exam assessment style questions; they are set weekly . Assessments take place regularly within lessons and each topic is assessed by a recent exam question (these assessments do not count towards a student’s final grade) but they aim to improve the students’ skills and exam technique. KS 4 Revision Guides Edexcel A: GCSE Geography Specification A Revision Guide For those students studying Geography from September 2015, there will be some changes to the GCSE: There will no longer be tiered examinations. Unit 1 to 3 will remain the same. In Unit 4, there will no longer be a Controlled Assessment, instead Fieldwork will be assessed by an examination which will still contribute to 25% of the overall grade. There will be a new grading 9-1 system with the top grade being 9.

Students will study either AS or A2 OCR Geography. The course will encourage them to ask questions – What? Where? How? Why? and to develop a wide range of cartographic, graphical, statistical and research skills. It gives them the opportunity to explore environments and global issues whilst developing essential life skills in effective communication and team work. There is one class in each of Y12 and Y13. There are four units, two units are taken in Year 12 and the remaining two are taken in Year 13.

The modules covered in Year 12 are as follows: Physical systems, this unit studies landscape systems – Glaciated landscapes and the earth’s support systems – the water cycle and the carbon cycle. Human interactions, this unit studies changing places making spaces and global connections.

The modules covered in Year 13 are a follows Geographical debates, where students build on their knowledge and understanding of physical processes and their influence on the environment and people by studying a further two topics; 1. climate change. 2.haxardous earth. The fourth module is an independent geographical study. The unit is designed to assess the students’ ability to use a range of skills and techniques that are used in fieldwork, by complete a piece of coursework of between 3,000 to 4,000 words. The other three units are assessed by a written examination at the end of year 13.

Students with AS or A’ Level Geography have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. They learn to use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value. Geography combines well with almost all other AS and A’ Level subjects. Taken with sciences such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course like engineering, environmental sciences, oceanography and geology. Taken with humanities like English, French, History, or economics, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as economics, law, media and politics. On its own, Geography has great value as a degree course, offering many skills to employers.

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