Geography

‘‘Geography is a living breathing subject, constantly adapting to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me Geography is a great adventure with a purpose.’’  Micheal Palin.

At St Mary’s we aim to develop this enthusiasm and realisation by studying the real life issues which we all face. We aim to understand processes and concepts and apply our own knowledge to think about the global issues we face.

Key Stage 3

Students study a variety of topics to explore the natural environment and understand the human interactions taking place on Earth.

Year 7

- Map and Atlas Skills

- Settlements and Housing

- Globalisation

- Weather and Climate

- National Parks

Year 8

- Water and Rivers

- Crime and Urban Issues

- Coastal Management

- Geopolitics

- Ecosystems

Year 9

- Tectonic Hazards

- Demographics and Social Geography

- Poverty and Development

- Climate Change

Key Stage 4
Our GCSE course covers a diverse range of topics. We investigate 3 main themes over 2 years of study.

1)      Changing Places – Changing Economies – examining the contrasts and similarities of 2 global cities. Urban and rural processes and change in the UK and global perspectives on development issues.

2)      Changing Environments – developing an understanding of rivers and river management, coasts and coastal management, weather and climate and the effects and reasons for climate change.

3)      Environmental challenges – looking at desertification, ecosystems functions and threats against ecosystems.

As part of the course requirements, we undertake 2 fieldtrips in contrasting locations to develop enquiry skills.

Using these acquired skills and knowledge we evaluate solutions to world issues through problem solving extended writing.

Examination components

There is one tier of entry that covers all grades 1-9. The assessment of your Geography grade is worked out by the following examinations:

1 - Investigating Geographical Issues - Written examinations 1hr 45 mins ( 40% of your grade ) 96 marks incl 4 spg

2 – Problem Solving Geography - Written examinations 1hr 30 mins ( 30% of your grade ) 72 marks incl 4 spg

3 – Applied Fieldwork - Written examinations 1hr 30 mins ( 30% of your grade ) 72 marks incl 4 spg

Exam Board: EDUQAS – Geography B

For further details please visit:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography/gcse-b/

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 ‘Human Rights’

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

‘Future of Food’ 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, known as NEA- non-examined assessment

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 – Migrations and Global Governance – Human rights

Component 3 Geographical Debates – 2hr 30 mins 36%

Section A – Hazardous Earth, Future of Food

Section B – Contempory themes

Component 4 – NAE 20%

 

Exam Board: OCR

For further details please visit:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-geography-h081-h481-from-2016/

For further information about the Geography curriculum please contact:

Mrs K Donnelly
Head of Geography Department


For further information about the Geography curriculum please contact:

Mrs K Donnelly
Head of Geography Department