- Mr J Myers – Head of Geography
- Mr T Andrews – Teacher of Geography and Head of Year
- Mrs C Bull – Teacher of Geography
- Mr P Ashford – Teacher of Geography and Head of Careers
- Mr T Hancock – Teacher of Geography
Fieldwork: Fieldwork is carried out across the key stages and forms an important part of assessment at GCSE and at A level.
Geography at KS3
Students have 3 lessons of Geography per fortnight in Key Stage 3 and cover the following topics:
- Year 7
- Map skills
- The Horn of Africa
- Year 8
- Ecosystems and the rainforest
- Weather and Climate
- Climate change
- Coastal management.
- Year 9
- Employment and economic activity
- Airport enquiry
- Independent enquiry into globalisation
Geography at KS4
(from September 2016)
Students follow the Edexcel A syllabus. The content includes:
1. The Physical environment.
The changing landscapes of the UK (rivers and coasts), Weather hazards and climate change, Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes. (37.5% of the qualification).
2. The Human environment
Changing cities, Global development and Water resource management.
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes (37.5% of the qualification).
3. Geographical investigations: Fieldwork and UK challenges.
Fieldwork: Students carry out two fieldwork days to include a physical and human environment. They will identify a key question, carry out the research and back this up with secondary data sources. The techniques used and the results will form part of the written examination.
UK challenges: Students are required to draw their knowledge and understanding of the physical and human characteristics of the UK studied during the course and use their geographical skills, to investigate a contemporary challenge for the UK.
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes. (25 % of the qualification).
Geography at KS5
(from September 2016)
Students follow the Edexcel AS and A level syllabus
Fieldwork: A total of four days of fieldwork is carried out over the two years of study.
- Tectonic processes
- Regenerating places
- Geographical investigation
AS level Written examinations:
Paper 1: Physical environment 1 hour and 45 minutes (50% of the AS qualification).
Paper 2: Human environment 1 hour and 45 minutes (50% of the AS qualification).
The examination may include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and16-mark extended writing questions. Calculators will be required.
One question on both papers will assess fieldwork. Each section ends with one 16-mark synoptic question that assesses students’ understanding of one of three synoptic themes.
- Water cycle and water insecurity
- Carbon cycle and energy insecurity
- Migration, identity and sovereignty.
A level written examinations:
Paper 1: The Physical environment, Energy and Water insecurity:
2 hours and 15 minutes (30% of the qualification)
Paper 2: The Human environment:
2 hours and 15 minutes: (30% of the qualification)
Papers 1 and 2 may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 12-mark and 20-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.
Paper 3: Synoptic Theme: 2 hours 15 minutes (20% of the qualification)
The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas. A resource booklet will be provided.
Paper 3 may include short open, open response and resource-linked questions. The examination includes 8-mark, 18-mark and 24-mark extended writing questions. Calculators may be used.
Geographical investigations: (20% of the qualification)
The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. The student will produce a written report of 3000–4000 words.