Geography

Head of Geography: Mrs J Bondsfield, BA (Hons) Sussex

Head of Geography: Mrs K Knight, BA (Hons) Oxford Brookes University (Maternity Leave)

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Geography Teacher: Mr G Cromb, BSc (Hons) London

KS3

Topics Covered in Years 7, 8 and 9
Maps and mapping – Africa, biomes and Kenya, rivers, development and population, The Living World, Weather and earth hazards, managing resources, coasts

GCSE – AQA

You will study geography within a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigate the link between themes studied. You will travel the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, newly emerging economies and lower income countries. Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.
You will be encouraged to understand your role in society by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Upon completion of this two-year course, you will have the skills and experience to progress to A Level and beyond.

Course Content
This qualification is linear. Linear means that you will sit all the exams at the end of the course.

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment
Section A: The challenge of natural hazards
Section B: Physical landscapes in the UK – coasts and rivers
Section C: The living world – including rainforest and cold environments

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment
Section A: Urban issues and challenges
Section B: The changing economic world
Section C: The challenge of resource management – including water management

Unit 3: Geographical applications
Section A: Issue evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork
Section C: Geographical skills

Assessment
Unit 1: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (35% )
Unit 2: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (35%
Unit 3: Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes (30% )

A Level

A Level – AQA
In Geography we focus on knowing how and why, in addition to knowing what, and the enquiry-based approach offers opportunities to develop skills so highly valued by universities, which is why it is designated a facilitating subject.
An A level in Geography, because of its focus on the interaction between people and the planet on which we live, is relevant to a wide range of career paths such as law, advertising and environmental management.

Content
Students will sit all their examinations and submit all their non-examination assessment at the end of the course.

Physical Geography – Water and carbon cycles; Hot desert environments and their margins; Coastal systems and landscapes; Hazards; Ecosystems under stress; Cold
environments.
Human Geography – Global systems and governance; Changing places; Population and the environment.

Geography Fieldwork Investigation – Fieldwork and Investigation requirements.
Geographical skills – Geographical skills checklist.

Assessment
Component 1: Physical Geography:
Written examination: 2½ hours, 40%
Component 2: Human Geography:
Written examination: 2½ hours, 40%
Component 3: Geographical investigation: NEA
An individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. It is marked by teachers and externally moderated 20% of A Level