Studying geography gives students the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. They will understand how geography impacts everyday life and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world. Students will also develop academic and life skills from writing, teamwork and communication to analytical skills.
The geography course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the AQA GCSE (9-1) course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 students study a variety of topics in physical and human geography. During the year students will build on their geographical knowledge and develop their skills. In Year 8 students will use the knowledge and skills developed during Year 7 to develop their exam technique in preparation for starting their GCSE in Year 9.
Changes to the GCSE specification means that it is now vital that students have global awareness and a wide variety of skills. These skills are built in to all topic areas however it is useful if KS3 students build their own knowledge at home. Ways to do this include watching the news regularly, studying maps and locating places and researching countries.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs Zoe Dias (Head of Humanities)
AQA GCSE (9-1) is assessed in the following way:
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Zoe Dias (Head of Humanities)
The course is divided equally into 2 units. The first unit concentrates on physical geography. This involves a detailed study of the water cycle, carbon cycles and natural hazards. The second unit on human geography looks at changing places and focuses on the skills needed to be a successful geographer. Most of these skills are linked to the work covered in lessons and 2 fieldwork assignments.
This year is equally divided into 3 units focusing on different aspects of physical and human geography. The physical unit concentrates on coastal environments, whilst the human unit will cover globalisation and resource security. In addition, 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.
AQA GCE A Level Geography is assessed in the following way:
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr Peter Ash (Teacher of Geography)
Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.