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Geography

Head of Subject: Mr R Gardner

Key Stage 3 Co-coordinator: Mrs J Nathan

Geographers at Warlingham know where they are going!

Overview

Earthquakes and volcanoes, raging rivers, wild weather, collapsing cliffs, climate change and developing countries are some of the wide range of topics we learn about from Years 7 to 9 and in more depth at GCSE. AS and A2 students are taught in well-equipped rooms. The use of interactive whiteboards, up to date text books, atlases, journals and videos all help to enhance the students learning experience. We also have a set of iPads for the sole use of the department – bringing more information to pupils’ fingertips!

Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work

Year 7 topics:

  • Up My Street
  • Pole to Pole
  • Impossible Places
  • “Look at it this way”

Year 8 topics:

  • Rivers and Flooding
  • Into Africa
  • Extreme Weather
  • Emerging Superpowers
  • Development Dilemmas

Year 9 topics:

  • Tectonic Hazards
  • Brazil
  • Forces that changed the world: Global Warming
  • Moving Stories

All students are regularly given the opportunity to improve their grade, with a variety of assessments e.g. research homework, role plays, peer/self-assessed classwork etc. 

Students are advised how to reach their target grade via verbal feedback and an array of 'Assessment for Learning' resources in their books.

GCSE Course Overview

GCSE Exam Board Used: Edexcel B

The aims of the course are to help pupils to:

  • Actively engage in the process of geography to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Appreciate the differences and similarities in people’s views of the world and its environments, societies and cultures
  • Understand the significance of values and attitudes to the development and resolution of issues
  • Develop their responsibilities as global citizens and recognise how they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive
  • Develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning use geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis.

The course consists of three main themes:

  1. Global Geographical Issues (Hazards, Development and Urban Challenges)
  2. UK Geographical Issues (the UK’s Physical and Human Landscape) – including fieldwork on coasts and urban areas
  3. People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions (The Biosphere and Energy Consumption)

In developing an understanding of themes outlined above students will be expected to use a range of skills (especially enquiry) and build a catalogue of real-life case studies to exemplify answers.

Fieldwork is an integral part of this course and students will be expected to take an active part in any fieldwork that is organised. Residential fieldwork currently takes place at the Norfolk Coastline in Year 10.
 

Assessment Format

As with all GCSEs, the assessment will consist of 100% external assessment through three written papers, including questions on fieldwork techniques and results.

Possible Careers and Further Education

Subjects at a higher level include Geography, Environmental Science, Geology, Travel and Tourism and many others. These lead to employment in the management of the environmental and human resources, Civil Service, Oil Companies, Planning, Engineering, Social Services, Water resources and teaching.

This new syllabus also compliments the work that we cover in Years 12 and 13—giving a good opportunity to achieve good grades at A-level. Geography degrees are also one of the most desirable to employers, because of the range of skills that students learn over the course, which are applicable to many jobs.

A Level Course(s) Overview:

Exam Board Used: Edexcel

Why choose Geography?

  • It is the world’s most relevant subject – looking in detail at real world issues and places
  • We follow a contemporary and engaging issues-based approach to learning focusing on the largest threats to humans facing us at present (e.g. globalisation, hazards, water insecurity and climate change)
  • It is a course that is well-suited to those planning on going straight into a career or those that want to further their education at university.
  • We provide an in-depth understanding of Physical and Human Geography – focused on the complex relationship between people and environment – and allowing learners to become critical, reflective and independent learners.

A Level (all units examined in June of Year 13)

There are eight main topics covered as part of the course:

  1. Tectonic Processes and Hazards
  2. Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – Coasts
  3. Globalisation
  4. Shaping Places – Regenerating Places
  5. The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
  6. The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
  7. Superpowers
  8. Global Development and Connections – Human Rights and Identity

Assessment Format

There are three examinations, making up 80% of the total marks.

The remaining 20% is achieved through the production of an internally-assessed written Independent Investigation.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an integral part of the course – with a mandatory number of 4 days set by the Department for Education. The Independent Investigation is carried out during a residential fieldtrip to Somerset in the (hopefully sunny!) July of our students’ Year 12.

Possible Careers and Further Education

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names Geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects (subjects most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university). Additionally, in 2015 the Guardian named Geography the “must have A-Level”.

Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, geography is an obvious choice.

For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; How do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies?

Even if you are working towards a future course in medicine or veterinary medicine, Geography is still a strong choice to give your A Level options the breadth that universities seek, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.

(August 2016)