Geography

Year 9 (Specialism Year) Excitement

The Living World – Rainforests: A study of the structure, use and management of tropical rainforests

The Living World – Cold Environments: A study of the structure, use and management of the Arctic and Antarctic

Resource Management – Energy: A study into our changing use and management of energy resources

UK Physical Landscapes – Coasts: A study of coastal processes, features and coastal management strategies

UK Physical Landscapes – Rivers: A study of river processes, features and flood management strategies

Physical Geography fieldwork – An investigation into the effectiveness of coastal management

Year 10 (GCSE Year) Expertise

Hazards – Tectonic Hazards: A study of the causes, impacts and management of tectonic hazards including earthquakes

Hazards – Weather Hazards: A study of the causes, impacts and management of weather hazards including tropical storms

Hazards – Climate Change: A study of the causes, consequences and management of climate change

Urban issues – A NEE case study of a megacity to understand the causes, consequences and management of rapid urbanisation

Urban issues – A study of a UK city to understand the causes, consequences and management of urban change

Human Geography fieldwork – An investigation into the variations in environmental quality and housing quality in a UK urban area

Year 11 (GCSE Year) Expertise

The Changing Economic World – A study of development including an in depth study of the development of a NEE

The Changing Economic World – A study of the causes and consequences of the changing economy of the UK

Issues Analysis – Developing the analytical skills relating to issues analysis

AQA (9-1) GCSE

The GCSE Geography course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of Geography. Students will cover physical and human Geography topics with a focus on the UK and a Newly Emerging Economy (India).

It is important to remember that Geography is not just about maps and facts. It is about understanding how the natural world works, how humans affect the natural world and how the natural world affects humans; and where these interactions create problems, it is about looking for solutions.

Studying Geography will develop your ability to think clearly and logically, research, analyse, hypothesise, evaluate and make decisions. There is also a focus on developing writing skills, which complements many other subjects in the curriculum.

Assessment

The GCSE is assessed by three exam papers, sat at the end of Year 11. These exams include; one physical Geography exam (The Living World, Hazards and Physical landscapes), one human Geography exam (The Changing Economic World, Urban Issues and Resource management) and one Geographical skills exam (Both Human and Physical field work and a pre-release). All students sit the same exam papers.