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'Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future' Michael Palin

Geography  is the integrated study of the world around us.  It provides awareness, knowledge and understanding of physical environments and resources, cultures, economics and societies, people and places, global development and citizenship within a continually changing world’’

Geography is an interesting subject which is relevant to all our lives

The Geography Department aims to develop in all pupils a fascination and interest in the world around them and an appetite for investigating geographical issues through a variety of learning experiences

The emphasis is on  developing  both a breadth of knowledge and teaching transferable skills including the essential skills as well as developing  thinking skills, problem solving  and independent working skills  that equips students  for life during  and after school  nurturing  well informed  responsible citizens of the future.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

At Key Stage Three, pupils will be taught nine topics over three years. Each topic will be assessed by levelled assessments, homework and formal school exams.

Year 7

Areas of Study

Term 1 – Introduction to geography developing skills

Term 2 – Town and country

Term 3 – Brilliant Brazil – geography of sport 

Year 8

Areas of Study

Term 1 -  The Hazardous World - Volcanoes

Term 2 -  Threatened Environments – The Rainforest

Term 3  People and the planet – population patterns , change and movement. 

Year 9

Areas of Study

Term 1 – The physical World - Rivers

Term 2 – Global Warming

Term 3-  Global Fashion 

GCSE

The WJEC syllabus is studied

The purpose of the course is:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of numerous places, environments and Geographical patterns around the world.
  • To develop an appreciation of the environment as well as an understanding of how people and environments function.
  • To create awareness that Geography is a fluid and dynamic subject and that places, geographical features and patterns change constantly.
  • Learn and develop skills and techniques e.g. field work, problem solving, map reading and IT.

The syllabus contains 2 units:                                                  

YEAR  10

Unit 1 – CORE

You will study 6 topics covering physical and human themes.

A  The Physical World

Water

River processes and landforms

Managing rivers

Climate Change

Causes and effects

Reducing its impact

Living in an Active Zone

Hazards at plate margins

Reducing the risk

B  A Global World

Changing Populations

World population distribution

Future changes in distribution and structure

Globalisation

Trends in globalisation

Impacts of globalisation

Development

Measuring patterns of development

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

YEAR   11           

Unit 2 – OPTIONS

You will be studying 3 themes – one physical, and 2 human themes .

The department has chosen the following units

A  Physical Options

B  Human Options

Our Changing Coastline

Coastal processes and landforms

Managing coasts

Future coastlines

Tourism

The changing nature of tourism

The impact of tourism

Sustainable growth of tourism

Retail and Urban Change

The changing city centre

Changing patterns of retailing

Alternative futures

ASSESSMENT 

Unit 1 : Core (40%)

Exam paper  - 1 hour 45 minutes  - answer 6 questions , one on each theme

Unit 2 : Options (35%)

Exam paper  – 1 hour 15 minutes – answer  3 questions, one on each theme

Unit 3 : Geographical Enquiry (25%)

2 controlled assessments - one enquiry based on fieldwork  (10%) and a problem –solving, decision making exercise (15%)

During the course all of these themes are developed by means of detailed studies of actual places in Wales, Europe and the World. The emphasis is on research skills, problem solving, forming and giving an opinion and field studies. 

Geography AS and A Level

The WJEC syllabus is studied

This is a four module examination completed over two years.

AS GEOGRAPHY COURSE – 2 Units

G1 -   Changing Physical Environments

           Two Themes:

  1. Investigating Climate Change
  2. Investigating Tectonic and Hydrological Change

G2 -  Changing Human Environments

         Two Themes:

  1. Investigating Population Change
  2. Investigating Settlement Change in MEDCs

 

Assessment (50%)

2 Exam Papers G1 and G2 both  - 1 hour 30 minutes each

Three structured questions with stimulus material, one will test research / fieldwork

 

A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY COURSE  -  2 Units:

G3 -  Contemporary Themes and Research

          in Geography

 

Section A - study ONE PHYSICAL and ONE HUMAN theme

 

Section B –  Research Enquiry

Candidates carry out a research enquiry in ONE chosen topic.

G4 - Sustainability –

            4 Themes

  1. Sustainable Food Supply
  2. Sustainable Water Supply
  3. Sustainable Energy
  4. Sustainable Cities

Assessment (30%)

Section A – Exam - Two essays – one on each theme - 1 hour 30 minutes

Section B –  45 minute exam to look at their research enquiry and its findings.

 Assessment (20%)

 Exam - 1 hour 45 minute written paper (synoptic assessment – decision making/problem solving,/issue evaluation exercises)