Geography

Geography is an active and contemporary subject that encourages critical thinking through its enquiry approach. The subject studies the physical and human world as separate units of study but often the two are blended together to reflect how people and places interact within the ‘real’ world. This can be seen in the recent Tsunami in Japan where the physical world unleashed nature’s power to the devastating effect on the people and communities.

The Geography Department endeavours to make a full and active contribution to a wide variety of aspects of our students’ education. Geography helps to provide an essential foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills for life-long learning, and equips those students who wish to become specialist geographers with the skills and understanding they will need.  Some of these include:

  • Knowledge
  • Enquiry
  • Critical thinking  skills
  • Geographical skills
  • Independence
  • Resilience
  • Creativity

Above all, the department endeavours to make geography relevant, stimulating and interesting for all the students that we teach.

Course summary

Key stage 4

Pupils follow AQA A syllabus for their GCSE and is organised as follows:

Full Course:

Unit 1 – Physical Geography

  • The Restless Earth
  • The Living World
  • Water on the Land

Unit 2 – Human Geography

  • Population Change
  • The Development Gap
  • Globalisation

Examination Details:

Units 1 and 2

  • External exams, each lasting 1 hour 30 min
  • Each unit attracts 37.5% of the total mark

Unit 3: Local Fieldwork Investigation (Controlled Assessment)

  • 25% of the total mark; marked out of 60
  • Maximum word guidance: 2000 words
  • 6 hour write up under direct supervision (high control)

Key stage 5

At AS level, all our students will study core human and physical geography. In each area of study candidates will consider their own values and attitudes to the issues being studies and support their learning of ideas through the study of specific case studies. Candidates will also develop a variety of geographical skills, which will broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.

Pupils follow The AQA A syllabus for A level Geography and is organised as follows:

AS Course:

Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography

  • Core – Rivers and Population change
  • Options – Physical – cold environments, Human – health issues

Examination details:

  • Written Paper, 2 hours 70% of total AS marks, 35% of total A Level marks
  • Structured short and extended questions.

Unit 2: Geographical Skills

  • Basic, investigative, ICT, graphical, cartographical and statistical skills
  • Research skills and fieldwork

Examination details:

  • Written Paper, 1 hour 30% of total AS marks, 15% of total A level marks
  • Structured skills and generic research/fieldwork questions