We want to apply the school aim of ‘Excellence in Education’ in a Geographical context. This is summed up below:
KS4: GCSE Geography (Edexcel A)
The Geography department offers the following two-year GCSE course, leading to a very relevant and interesting qualification. Our syllabus is a thematic one, where we build on topics studied in Years 7-9 such as plate tectonics and globalisation including such issues as climate change, world population growth and international development.
For the more scientifically minded students, our first year is also for you with a number of studies, based on parts of the physical and biological environment. These are based in and around the U.K. and you will pick up skills in Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.), and graphical and cartographic skills, which are the essence of the subject.
The examinations for this subject are in Physical and Human Geography as well as Geographical Investigations.
Two fascinating years of study lead to a valued qualification that is astride the science-humanities boundary, giving a well balanced GCSE course for both sets of students.
Summary of Subject Content:
Physical Geography: (37.5% of the total marks)
Human Geography: (37.5% of the total marks)
Geographical Investigations: (25% of the total marks)
A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY (Edexcel)
A Level Geography provides students with an opportunity to study a diverse range of topics. Students will be able to understand how both human and physical factors affect the world around them and how interactions between these shape our everyday lives. A Level Geography offers a natural progression for students who have studied and enjoyed GCSE Geography and will build on some of this prior knowledge as well as introducing some exciting new areas of study.
The A Level Geography course also requires students to undertake an independent investigation. This requires them to take part in a 4 day residential field course toward the end of Year 12.
In addition, A Level Geography is considered a ‘facilitating subject’ by Russell Group Universities.
Area of Study 1. Dynamic Landscapes
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change
An integrated study of processes, landforms and landscapes. A study of one landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.
Choose one from:
• Option 2.1: Glacial landscapes and change
• Option 2.2: Coastal landscapes and change
Area of Study 2. Dynamic Places
Topic 3: Globalisation
A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.
Topic 4: Shaping Places
A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people.
Choose one from:
• Option 4.1: Regenerating Places
• Option 4.2: Diverse Places
Area of Study 3. Physical Systems and Sustainability
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.
Topic 7: Climate Change Futures
Exploring the links between the carbon and water cycles through climate change.
Area of Study 4. Human Systems and Geopolitics
Topic 8: Superpowers
Superpowers, the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.
Topic 9: Global Development and Connections
Choose one :
• Option 8: Health, Human Rights and Intervention
• Option 9: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
A Level Assessment (end of Year 13):