Geography

Staff members:

  • 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
    • Africa
    • The Horn of Africa
    • Rivers
    • Glaciers
  • Year 8
    • Ecosystems and the rainforest
    • Population
    • Weather and Climate
    • Climate change
    • Coastal management.
  • Year 9
    • Employment and economic activity
    • Airport enquiry
    • Tourism
    • Independent enquiry into globalisation
    • Development

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.

Topics include:

Year 12:

  • Coasts
  • Tectonic processes
  • Regenerating places
  • Globalisation
  • 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.

Year 13:

  • 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.