Subjects

Geography

Why study Geography?

YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD – WHY NOT FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IT OFFERS AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

Find out more about how people are using different environments, both your own and those in other parts of the world. Investigate issues of sustainability – will the Earth still be able to provide us with all the resources we take for granted?

What will I learn about?

Geography gives you the chance to study 3 units:

  • Living within the physical landscape (this unit will look at the challenges of natural hazards,the living world and physical landscapes within the UK).
  • Challenges within the human environment (this unit will look at urban issues and challenges,the changing economic world and the challenges of resource management).
  • Geographical application and skills (this unit will allow you to leave the classroom and experience geography in the real world).

 

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in two fieldwork visits. One will focus upon human geography and the second on physical geography.

How will I be assessed?

  • Paper 1 is a 1 hour 30 minute examination which covers the living within the physical landscape unit and accounts for 35% of the final
  • Paper 2 is a 1 hour 30 minute examination which covers the second unit of challenges within the human environment and accounts for 35% of the final
  • Paper 3 is a 1 hour 15 minute examination which covers the third unit of geographical application and This paper accounts for 30% of the whole GCSE.

 

There is NO coursework in Geography.

What do employers think about the subject?

The job market has become increasingly competitive and international. Around 75% of businesses think the UK is in danger of being left behind unless young people learn to think more globally.

However, the transferable knowledge and skills developed by studying geography are actively sought out by employers allowing graduate geographers to consistently experience lower than average levels of unemployment. A GCSE in geography is a stepping stone in becoming a valued individual in a competitive world of work.

What are some of the skills I will gain?

  • The ability to research information
  • To develop organisational skills
  • To be able to use graphs, diagrams and simple statistics to interpret and analyse information
  • Practical fieldwork skills

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • Introduction to Geography
  • Cold World Ecosystems
  • Africa and Kenya
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Tourism

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 7.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • Revision Activities
  • Research Activities
  • Project work

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  • Globalisation
  • Rivers
  • Flooding
  • Urbanisation
  • India

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 8.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 8 is:

  • Revision Activities
  • Research Activities
  • Project work

In Year 9 your child will study:

  • Plastics- What’s the Issue?
  • Billionaires
  • GCSE Geography Skills- What makes a good Geographer?
  • Living world- Rainforests and Deserts
  • Resource Management- Energy
  • The UK’s Physical landscape- Coasts

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 9.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • Revision Activities
  • Exam-style questions
  • Research tasks

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic world
  • The UK’s Physical Landscape- Rivers
  • Rivers Fieldwork trip

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 10.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • Revision Activities
  • Exam Style questions
  • Research tasks

In Year 11 your child will study:

  • Urbanisation Fieldwork
  • Natural Hazards
  • Paper 3- Pre-release material
  • Paper 3 Geographical Skills
  • Revision of all topics

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and mock exams at two set points during the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 11.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • Revision Activities
  • Exam-style questions
  • Research tasks