Course Overview: Geography

Geography inspires students curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The Department aims to deepen students' knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, along with developing students understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes. Students will gain an understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and how these lead to formation of different landscapes and environments. Students will develop greater competence in using geographical knowledge, approaches and concepts (such as models and theories) and geographical skills in analysing and interpreting different data sources.

Year 7

Students develop a wide range of geographical skills including grid references, scale, measuring distances using Ordnance Survey maps and contours. They will look at physical features such as rivers, their features, and associated landforms. Students will look at the similarities and differences between Brazil, Nepal and the UK and also geographical contrasts within the individual countries. Students will focus on the growth and change of settlements. They will look at a range of ecosystems around the world with a focus on those found in Russia.

Year 8

Students will develop knowledge of key processes in coastal environments and how they result in the formation of unique landforms. They will learn about the locational geography, scale, and diversity of Africa. Students will learn about the geological time scale, types of rocks and the landscapes created by them. They will study the unequal world distribution of natural resources and how they are obtained and its impact on the location of Industry with particular focus on the Middle East. The social, political and economic causes of crime in the UK are explored and how crime can be designed out of an area.

Year 9

Students will learn about the structure of the Earth, the different plate boundaries and how they move in order to create natural hazards. They will study the population of the world, why it is increasing, and the impacts of a growing population. Students will look at how development is measured, the reasons for the differences in levels of development around the world and how the development gap may be closed. They will learn what tourism is, the features which attract tourists to certain locations, and how the pattern of tourism has changed over time.

Course Overview: Geography

GCSE Geography gives students the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. The GCSE course will deepen understanding of geographical processes, illuminate the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions, highlight the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develop students%APOSTROPHE% competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

Course Components

Component 1: Global Geographical Issues - 37.5% of the qualification

Hazardous Earth - an understanding of the global circulation of the atmosphere and changing climate. Plus two depth studies of an extreme weather hazard (tropical cyclones) and tectonic hazards. Development dynamics - an understanding of the scale of global inequality. Plus a depth study of how one emerging country is developing. Challenges of an urbanising world - an overview of the causes and challenges of rapid urbanisation across the world. Plus one depth study of a mega-city in an emerging country.

Component 2: UK Geographical Issues - 37.5% of the qualification

The UK%APOSTROPHE%s evolving physical landscape - an overview of the varied physical landscapes in the UK resulting from geology, geomorphic processes and human activity over time. The UK%APOSTROPHE%s evolving human landscape - an overview of the changing and varied human landscape of the UK, including the socio-economic and political processes that influence it. Geographical investigations - two investigations, including fieldwork and research, carried out in contrasting environments.

Component 3: People and Environment Issues - 25% of the qualification

People and the biosphere - an overview of the global distribution and characteristics of large-scale ecosystems, why the biosphere is important and how humans use it in order to obtain resources. Forests under threat - a detailed study of tropical rainforest%APOSTROPHE%s and the taiga, looking at processes and interactions and issues related to their biodiversity and to their sustainable use. Consuming energy resources - a study of renewable and non-renewable energy, its supply and demand and management

Course Information

Course Name: Geography B
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Specification code: 1GB0

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After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary.

KS3 Geography Catch-up (Tuesday lunch)
KS4 Revision Skills (Wednesday after-school)
Eco-Club with Mr Harding
KS3 Eco-Trip at Castlehead
KS4 Fieldwork trip to Hothersall Lodge
KS4 one to one revision (Thursday lunch)