Geography Curriculum

Intent


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Are successful individuals who are challenged to understand the local, national and global patterns of human, physical and environmental geography.
  • Make good personalised progress through regular assessment against agreed criteria that reflect the knowledge, understanding and key skills required at each stage.
  • Become confident individuals through challenging learning conditions, opportunities to learn in different ways through both individual and team activities.
  • Engage positively with their environment to ensure a sustainable attitude to life by ensuring that sustainable development and stewardship of the world’s resources is central to all topics taught.
  • Are enabled to value differences and develop tolerant attitudes as active citizens through the study of topical issues of inequalities at different scales and in places at different levels of development.

Year 9, 10, 11

QUALIFICATION: GCSE Geography (8035)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

What will I learn?
You will study physical and human themes and investigate the link between them. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include natural hazards, climate change, River landscapes, coastal management, global ecosystems, the economic world and urban studies.

Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

How will I learn?
All classes will be mixed ability and a wide range of differentiated resources will be used. Maps, text books, PowerPoints, IT, video and the gathering of primary data will be at the core of the teaching of this course. Students will be required to undertake fieldwork, investigations, group work, paired work and individual work to complete this course.

How will I be assessed?
There will be three written exam papers that will be completed at the end of the course:
Paper 1 Living with the physical environment 1h 30m [35% of marks]
Paper 2 Challenges in the human environment. 1h 30m [35% of marks]
Paper 3 Geographical applications and skills. 1h 15m [30% of marks]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Upon completion of this course, students will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond. Geography leads to a wide range of career pathways including environmental jobs and Earth Sciences. It helps with surveying, cartography, hydrology, tourism, aspects of civil engineering, meteorology, transport and aspects of government planning.

Year 12, 13

QUALIFICATION: A-Level Geography (7037)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

Why study Geography?
Geography is the study and understanding of the complex interactions between humans and the world in which we live. It is at the core of much of what happens in the world and is essential to understand how the sustainable future of humanity can develop.

What will I learn?
In this course you will learn about the physical geography units of glaciation, water and carbon cycles. Ecosystems under stress will be studied and will involve both theory and case studies. The key human geography units are the study of global systems and governance and contemporary urban environments. “Changing Places” is a unit which has a more sociological approach to how we view different places, how “place” can be defined and how rural and urban places are changing.

How will I learn?
All classes will use a wide range of differentiated resources. Maps, text books, PowerPoints, IT, video and the gathering of primary data will be at the core of the teaching of this course. Students will be required to undertake fieldwork, investigations as part of their A2 assessment. Lessons will involve direct teaching, investigations, group work, presentations and examination practice.

How will I be assessed?
There will be two examination papers, each 2 hours and 30 minutes.
There will also be a 3,000-4,000 word Geography Fieldwork Investigation report submitted and this is worth 20% of the A-level.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths, and at least Grade 5 or above in Geography.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Geography is a most popular undergraduate degree course offered at most universities and can lead to post-graduate studies in either physical or human geography. This in turn leads to a wide range of careers ranging from aspects of planning, hazards, resource management, aspects of civil engineering, geology, tourism, meteorology, environmental management, cartography and bio-geography.