Key Stage 3

Geography is the study of the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth. Students will study both the human and physical aspects of the world around us; human geography focuses on the built environment and how humans create, view, manage, and influence space. Physical geography examines the natural environment, and how organisms, climate, soil, water, and landforms develop and interact.

Geography is a highly topical and popular subject, ever changing as world events unfold. Every day when you see newspaper items or television reports, Geography is happening!

In year 7, students will learn about map skills, fantastic places, climate hazards, population and rainforests.

In year 8, students will learn about weather and flooding, crime, volcanoes, globalisation and development.

In year 9, students will study the continents, global futures, eco homes, tourism and the Nepalese earthquake.

Students will also get the opportunity to take part in fieldwork, both within the school grounds and in the local area, to improve their geographical skills. A lunchtime club is provided for KS3 pupils where they have the opportunity to take part in quizzes, model making activities, research tasks about geographical events and generally develop their knowledge and interest in the subject.

Key Stage 4

Geography has become increasingly popular in recent years with increased uptake at GCSE. Students will follow the engaging AQA A specification, and cover a wide range of topics. The department runs sessions where students are welcome to come along and complete revision, prepare for exams or complete homework.

What will I study?

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 climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Unit 1: Physical Geography (1 ½ hour exam worth 35%)

Challenge of Natural Hazards – Focuses on tectonic hazards, climatic hazards and climate change. Students will look at the impact they have in rich and developing countries and how they are managed.

Physical Landscapes of the UK – Students will study the physical landscape of the UK focusing on rivers and coastal processes. They will also investigate how issues surrounding the landscape can be managed.

Living World – Students will investigate ecosystems and biomes. Studying the characteristics and adaptations within a tropical rainforest and the causes, impacts and sustainable management of deforestation. Students will also investigate the location and problems faced by deserts and cold environments.

Unit 2: Human Geography (1 ½ hour exam worth 35%)

Urban Issues & Challenges – Students will investigate the issues and challenges of an increasing population and the ever changing environment of urban areas.

Changing Economical World – Focuses on global development issues. Students will look at how the development gap between rich and poor countries can be reduced. Students will also look at the UK economy and the issues surrounding it.

Resource Management– Students will look at issues surrounding the world’s food, water and energy resources and explain how they can be managed sustainably.

Unit 3: Geographical Applications (1 hour 15 min exam worth 30%)

The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of their study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study.

As part of this section Students will have the opportunity to carry out two contrasting fieldwork enquiries to develop their understanding about the interaction between physical and human geography.

Why choose Geography?

Geography prepares students for their future in the ever-changing world. It develops higher level thinking skills, encouraging them to think about the causes, effects and management of events and processes. This is also ideal preparation for a successful future in higher education and employment within Geography and beyond.

This course is assessed by 100% examination across 3 exam papers.