Geography

Geography

Through geography students will be able to make more sense of their own surroundings and of the wider world and be able to take their place in it. Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem solving skills which will help prepare students for adult life. Geography is also a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and future development. In studying geography students encounter different societies and cultures. This should stimulate them to think about their own place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

In Year 7 there is a general introduction to the Physical, Human and Environmental aspects of the subject. Students then go on to look at map skills (where pupils create a 3D contour model), Rivers, India and Wild Weather (where pupils carry out a microclimate survey of the school).

In Year 8 students look at Ice Worlds, Tourism, China (where pupils create hanging Chinese lanterns), Coasts and Russia.

In Year 9 students study Australia, Plate Tectonics, Africa, Development and Adventure Rocks and Landscapes.

Assessment

Throughout Years 7-9 students complete a written assessment each half-term. Feedback is provided for students in the form of assessment grids which indicate the areas of strength, as well as areas for improvement. Students also sit an exam each year.

We follow the AQA syllabus and this consists of 3 units.

Unit 1 – Living with the Physical Environment
We study Tectonic Hazards, Weather Hazards, Climate Change, Tropical Rainforests, Cold Environments, River Landscapes in the UK and Coastal Landscapes in the UK. There will be a 1 hour 30 minute examination at the end of Year 11, and this unit it worth 35%.

Unit 2 – Challenges in the Human Environment
We study the Urban World, Urban Change in the UK, Urban Sustainability, the Development Gap, the Changing UK Economy and Water Management. There will be a 1 hour 30 minute examination at the end of Year 11, and this unit is also worth 35%.

Unit 3 – Geographical Applications and Skills
This unit will :

  • Assess the students’ ability to make decisions about geographical issues. A resource booklet will be available before the exam so that students have the opportunity to work through the resources, enabling them to become familiar with the material. They will then answer questions in the exam relating to the issues.
  • Assess the students’ understanding of how to carry out a geographical enquiry. For this unit students will attend two fieldtrips (Salford Quays and the River Bollin) for data collection, and then answer question on fieldwork in a familiar and unfamiliar context.
  • Assess the students’ application of Geographical Skills, e.g. OS Maps and scatter graphs.

This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 15 minute written examination at the end of the Year 11, and it is worth the remaining 30% of the GCSE.

Geography in the 6th Form

We follow the Edexcel Syllabus for A-Level Geography.

A-Level

Unit 1 – Dynamic Landscapes
Tectonic processes and hazards
Coastal Landscapes and Change
Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

This is worth 30% of the A-Level and there will be a 2 hour exam at the end of Year 13.

Unit 2 – Dynamic Places
Globalisation
Diverse Places
Superpowers
Health, Human Rights and Intervention

This is worth 30% of the A-Level and there will be a 2 hour exam at the end of Year 13.

Unit 3 – Synoptic Investigation
Students will study a resource booklet which will be based on a geographical issue, then have to answer questions in the exam.

This is worth 20% of the A-Level and there will be a 1 hour 45 min exam at the end of Year 13.

Unit 4 – Independent Investigation
The student defines a question or issue for investigation, relating to the compulsory or optional content. The topic may relate to any aspect of geography contained within the specification. The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.
Students have to carry out 4 days of fieldwork over the 2 year course.

This is worth 20% of the A Level and students will produce a 3000-4000 word report.