Geography

C6th 062SUBJECT INTRODUCTION

The Geography Department is dynamic, creative and challenging. Geography is taught by the new Head of Department Mr Arnold and, subject specialist, Ms Collins.

All pupils learn through a curriculum that includes greater emphasis on sustainable development, higher level thinking skills and the use of homework tasks. A Level students study how our world has changed from the past to the present and how it may change in the future. This is achieved through the study of a range of topics.

THE CURRICULUM

A LEVEL - KEY STAGE 5 / SIXTH FORM

At A Level students follow the OCR specification. The syllabus offers students a revitalised perspective on Geography.

The programme of study we have planned looks at contemporary real-life issues in world Geography. The OCR specification is based on the belief that Geography is about:

  • exploring the principles, concepts and processes that describe and explain geographical phenomena and landscapes;
  • spatial awareness, location and a sense of place;
  • developing knowledge and understanding of both physical and human geography;
  • achieving an understanding of the complex inter-relationships between people and environment.

In addition it attempts to:

  • ensure topics have relevance to the modern world and the challenges and opportunities engaging young people today;
  • ensure individual/group research/investigation (including fieldwork) retains a significant role in the subject
  • maintain a link with previous OCR specifications so as to allow use of existing teaching and learning resources/approaches

Pupils also develop a variety of geographical skills, which broaden and deepen existing knowledge and be employed with a greater degree of independence.

The AS specification has 2 units:

UNIT CONTENT TIME MARKS CHOICE % OF A LEVEL
Managing Physical Environments
  • Rivers Environment
  • Coastal Environment
  • Cold Environment
  • Hot arid and semi-arid Environment
1.5h 75

Section A: 2 from 4 short answers Qs

Section B: 1 from 4 essays, choosing a topic not answered in Section A

25
Managing Urban Environments
  • Managing urban change
  • Managing rural change
  • The energy issue
  • The growth of tourism
1.5h 75

Section A: 2 from 4 short answers Qs

Section B: 1 from 4 essays, choosing a topic not answered in Section A

25

The A2 specification has 2 units:

GLOBAL ISSUES (30% OF TOTAL MARK) GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS (20% OF TOTAL MARK)
Environmental issues: Economic issues: Geographical skills:

Either:

Earth Hazards

Ecosystems and environments under threat

Climatic Hazards

Either:

Populations and resources

Globalisation

Development and inequalities

  • Fieldtrip and data collection
  • Investigation and data analysis
2.5h written exam (90 marks) 1.5h written paper, partly based on own research (60 marks)

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR

A diverse range of exciting fieldwork opportunities that support and enhance the curriculum are offered, including residential visits. Year 12 pupils spend four days in Iceland investigating the physical geography of the country.

LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S

Geography at Advanced Level in the Sixth Form is a successful option. Local colleges also offer BTEC courses in Travel and Tourism at Key Stage 5. Careers that geography is particularly useful for include planning, surveying, teaching, environmental protection and numerous types of job within the construction and energy sectors.

LINKS & RESOURCES

There are a number of ways that you can find out more about studying Geography.

These include:

  • Teachers at your school
  • Students who are already studying the subject
  • Web sites like the BBC’s Newsround are good and accessible sources of up-to-date information, particularly for students in Year 7, 8 and 9.
  • Develop geographical skills by planning journeys and routes on the OS Mapzone.
  • CCEA
  • Geographical Association
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Careers advisor
  • Library
  • UCAS or CAO for details on entry requirements for university courses
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