Geography

 

 
What will the subject enable me to do?

Geography offers students the opportunity to study and learn about the changing world we live in. Students will examine the interactions and relationships between people and the natural environment through a range of themes and case studies. Students will build on the knowledge and skills that that they develop at KS3 such as O.S. map work and decision-making activities if they should choose to study the subject at KS4 and KS5.

 
Staff

Mr G Wright – Head of Department

Mr B McAndrew

Miss A Allen

Mrs C Palmer

 
Key Stage 3

Curriculum Plan

Year/Progression
Autumn
Spring
Summer

7

 

What is Geography Introduction

 

Mapskills.

Latitude/Longitude/world maps

                  

Ordnance Survey mapskills

 

    Settlement     (Rural/Urban)

 

What is the UK like?

&

Food and Farming

 

 

 

Weather and climate

 

 

 

 

Study of an LIC - Africa

8

 

             Study of Brazil

(Focus on Tropical Rainforests)

 

 

Industry

 

  Population     /Migration

 

Earthquakes/volcanoes

 

Development/ Trade and Aid

 

 

Tourism

 

9

 

 

Start of the New 3 Year Eduqas GCSE Course

Homework and support:

Homework will be set via Show My Homework and will comprise of a variety of tasks including: researching topics, extension sheets and revision for assessments.

 
Key Stage 4

Students will study the EDUQAS Spec (B) GCSE in Geography

Curriculum Plan

Component
Content
Assessment

Theme 1- Changing Places and Changing Economies

  • Global cities
  • Urbanisation (growth of cities)
  • Counter-urbanisation (movement to the countryside)

         -    Sustainable living environments

  • Changes in retail (shopping)
  • Development and development indicators
  • Multi-National Corporations (MNC’s) and their effects

 

Written examination:

 

1hr 45 min

 

 

40% of qualification

Theme 2- Changing  Environments

 

  • Coasts (erosion, landforms and coastal defences)
  • Rivers (landforms, flooding and defences)
  • Weather and climate
  • Extreme weather events
  • Climate change (causes, effects and ways of managing it)

Written examination:  

 

1hr 30 min

 

 

30% of qualification

Theme 3- Environmental Challenges

 

  • Biomes/ Ecosystems
  • How are ecosystems damaged by humans
  • Water supply issues (areas of water deficit, surplus)
  • Desertification (causes of it, effects, and attempts to reduce it)

 

Written examination: 

 

1hr 30 min

 

 

30% of qualification

Homework and support:

Homework will be set via Show My Homework and will comprise of a variety of tasks including: internet research, completing of class based activities and revising for assessments and examinations.

Revision sessions are offered in the run up to the examination period after school by department staff and a revision guide specific to the course will be provided for every student along with a range of support materials which can be found on the EDUQAS website.

 
Key Stage 5

Students will study the EDUQAS A- Level GCE Geography

The structure of the GCE course is designed for a full two years of study which means students will sit all examination components in Yr13

Component 1: Changing Landscapes and Changing Places

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

20.5% of qualification

Section A: Changing Landscapes:  Coastal Landscapes

Two compulsory structured, data response questions and one compulsory extended response question.

Section B: Changing Places

Two compulsory structured, data response questions and one compulsory extended response question.

Component 2: Global Systems and Global Governance

Written examination: 2 hours

27.5% of qualification

Section A: Global Systems

Water and Carbon Cycles

Two compulsory structured, data response questions and one compulsory extended response question.

Section B: Global Governance: Change and Challenges

Processes and patterns of global migration and global governance of the Earth's oceans.

Two compulsory structured, data response questions and one compulsory extended response question.

Section C: 21st Century Challenges

One compulsory extended response question drawing on both Components 1 and 2 with resource material.

Component 3: Contemporary Themes in Geography

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

32% of qualification

Section A: Tectonic Hazards

One compulsory extended response question

Section B: Contemporary Themes in Geography

Four optional themes:

•     Ecosystems

•     Economic Growth and Challenge: India or China or Development in an African Context

•     Energy Challenges and Dilemmas

•     Weather and Climate

Two essay questions chosen from these four optional themes. *those in bold currently studied.

Component 4: Independent Investigation

Non-exam assessment: 3000 to 4000 words

20% of qualification

One written independent investigation, based on the collection of both field data and secondary information.

Homework and support

Homework will be set via Show My Homework and will comprise of a variety of tasks including: internet research, completing set activities from core textbooks and past paper assessments

A wide range of support materials for all topics covered can be found on the EDUQAS website. In addition to this, A Level students will be offered individual tutorials periodically, such as after an assessment to receive one-to-one feedback.

There is a requirement to undertake 4 days residential field work as part of the A-Level course. This is used to form the primary data collection phase of the NEA for component 4. Currently the department uses an environmental centre on the north Norfolk coast.