Welcome to the Geography Department
The department is made up of three teachers and geography is mainly taught in two classrooms dedicated to the subject. Geography is a contemporary subject and is taught to all students from years 7 to 9. It has become a popular option at both GCSE and A level and students develop a variety of skills through the study of both Human and Physical geography.
GSCE students visit Brighton for one day to collect data for their Controlled Assessment and Year 12 go on a residential fieldtrip to the Isle of Wight as part of their A level studies. Students are encouraged to keep up to date with Current Events either via television, the internet or by reading a quality newspaper. In Year 13 students may do fieldwork to collect primary data for GEO 4b examination.
General Aims and Objectives
- To investigate the earth and its peoples.
- To study the features of the earth e.g. how mountains, rivers and seas are formed.
- To develop an awareness of their role locally, nationally and globally.
- To develop key geographical concepts and skills especially, map skills, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), data collection, ICT, problem solving, thinking skills, information processing, reasoning, enquiry, creative thinking and evaluation.
- To stimulate pupils interest in their own environment and in the wider world.
- To develop an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment.
- To voice an awareness of environmental issues and come up with probable solutions.
- To encourage and develop a sense of responsibility and concern for the earth’s resources.
- To develop an appreciation of other peoples’ beliefs, values and attitudes.
Key Stage Five
Course Content - What will I study?
Students will study four units, two at AS level and two at A2 level.
- Unit 1: Physical and Human Geography - Rivers, flood and management, coastal environments, population change and health issues.
- Unit 2: Applied Geography - Geographical skills based on fieldwork.
- Unit 3 Contemporary Geographical Issues - Plate tectonics, world cities and contemporary conflicts and challenges.
- Unit 4b: Geographical Issue Evaluation.
How will my progress be tested and examined?
- Unit 1: 2 hour written examination - 70% AS, 35% A2
- Unit 2: 1 hour written examination - 30% AS, 15% A2
- Unit 3: 2.5 hour written examination - 30% A2
- Unit 4b: 1.5 hour written examination - 20% A2
Progression - How will the study of Geography benefit students’ future education and career?
- A knowledge of Geography with its links to other subjects, will be of benefit in any future studies.
- As the Subject covers current issues, it is continually being referred to in documentaries and news reports; it is very relevant in today’s society.
- Geography provides a good background to a wide range of careers including environmental work, planning, landscape architecture, travel and tourism and many many more.
- Many career areas make use of the skills that Geography develops. These include management, accountancy, marketing, ICT, information work, transport and distribution.