Geography

I've found the concepts I learnt in geography highly relevant to me both inside and outside academia.  The ability to comprehend and synthesise concepts, from theoretical and past sources, is nurtured by the many detailed case studies.

Geography will help you develop your communication and teamwork skills, as you’ll often work on group projects. You’ll also develop your research and analysis skills including in IT, lab and fieldwork, which means you will be able to collect and look for patterns in data.

Employers love the mix of technical and social skills people get from studying geography, which they see as very transferable, i.e. useful for a whole range of jobs.

Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers for people with geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting.

YEAR 7 -9 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

During Key Stage 3 pupils cover a range of topics which will engage and stretch them and provide an opportunity to learn about our amazing world. We aim to promote curious and inspired minds. As part of being an independent learner, the team encourages the pupils to get involved in project work and use the ICT resources

In Year 7, the topics pupils cover include: What is geography? Map skills, settlement and the United Kingdom. They also study weather and climate in the context of the UK. These topics are not necessarily covered in this order. Through these topics pupils will develop key geographical skills and broaden their understanding of a range of human and physical issues.

In Year 8, pupils start with rivers, resources and the environment, industry and finally population.

In Year 9, pupils learn new skills and develop an enquiring mind. They will study earthquakes and volcanoes, development, ecosystems and Japan.

 

GCSE CURRICULUM OUTLINE

Geography is a popular option at Key Stage 4 where it is taught in mixed ability groups.  

From September 2016 we follow the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Geography A. There are three components to the course:

Component 1: The Physical Environment

  • The changing landscapes of the UK
  • Weather hazards and climate change
  • Ecosystems, biodiversity and management
  • Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes – 94 marks

Component 2: The Human Environment

  • Changing cities
  • Global development
  • Resource management
  • Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes – 94 marks

Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

  • Fieldwork
  • UK challenges
  • Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes – 64 marks

More information can be found at the exam board’s website http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-a-2016.html

A LEVEL CURRICULUM OUTLINE

Pupils follow the AQA specification at A level. At AS, pupils will complete a two-day residential visit to help them to answer questions about data collection techniques in the field. There are two examinations at the end of this one year course. The A level route is a two year course. Pupils complete two examinations at the end of the course. There is also a controlled assessment report which pupils complete after a four-day residential visit. This is a 3000-4000 word document and is worth 20% of the final result.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES/ FIELD TRIPS

The Geography department organizes a series of field trips, both in the UK and further afield, for Geography pupils who seek to enrich and extend their understanding of the geographical diversity around us.

For our Sixth Form students, there are trips to the Norfolk coastline and for our Lower School pupils, we have organized trips to Naples, day-trips to nearby river landscapes and a trip to Shrewsbury to explore the issues of flood management.

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