“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin.

The Geography Department at St. Mary’s aims to create Geographers for life.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Students study a variety of topics to explore local and global geography as well as the interaction between physical and human processes

Year 7 Topics Year 8 Topics Year 9 Topics
- What makes Geography unique?

- Why do weather patterns vary?

- Is our portrayal of Africa out of date?

- What is the UK’s physical landscape like?

- How has the past shaped the Peak District National Park today?

- How does the hydrosphere provide natural resources?

- Why is the Middle East an important world region?

-What threats are ecosystems under?

- Where does money go when it is spent?

- What happens when the land meets the sea?

- What is the future for our planet because of climate change?

- Why are ocean ecosystems important?

- Making Geographical decisions

- The Challenge of Natural Hazards

Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
Our GCSE Geography course covers a diverse range of topics. It examines physical geographies, human geographies and the dynamic interaction between the two.

This is a one tier entry course that covers all grades 1 – 9. Students will sit the following examinations:

1.      Paper 1. Living with the Physical Environment – natural hazards, ecosystems, river and coastal landscapes in the UK. Worth 35% of the final GCSE grade.

2.      Paper 2. Challenges in the Human Environment – challenges and opportunities in megacities, the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management. Worth 35% of the final GCSE grade.

3.      Paper 3. Geographical applications – issue evaluation, fieldwork, geographical skills. Worth 30% of the final GCSE grade.

Geographical skills are an essential component for success in the course so are taught and examined through all papers. As part of the course requirements, we undertake 2 fieldtrips in contrasting locations to develop enquiry skills.

Exam Board: AQA GCSE Geography

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Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5
Our A level course covers a diverse range of real world issues. In Y12 the course is split into Human and Physical Geography units. Units covered in Y12 include: ‘Coastal processes’, ‘Earth Life support systems’ ‘Changing Places, Making Spaces’,’ Global Migration’ and ‘Power and Borders

This provides a broad coverage to extend and debate key ideas in Y13. The chosen topics of focus include:

‘Disease Dilemmas’ and ‘Hazardous Earth’.

At the end of Y12, an individual project will be prepared, researched and written. This is a unit called ‘Investigative Geography’ and accounts for 20% of the final grade.

Examination components

Component 1 Physical Systems– 1hr 30 mins 22%

Section A – Changing Landscapes ( coastal processes )

Section B – Earth’s Life Support systems

Component 2 Human Interactions– 1 hr 30mins  22%

Section A – Changing Spaces, Making Places

Section B – Global Systems – Migration and Global Governance – Power and Borders

Component 3 Geographical Debates – 2hr 30 mins - 36%

Section A – Hazardous Earth

Section B – Disease Dilemmas

Component 4 – NEA 20%

Exam Board: OCR

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For further information about the Geography curriculum please contact:

Mrs L Coe

Head of Geography Department