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Geography

Department Staff

Miss Blayney Head of Department
Mr Caffrey Assistant Headteacher, Head of Travel & Tourism
Miss Devereux Head of Year, Teacher of Geography
Miss Humphries Teacher of Geography
Miss Loader Teacher of Geography
Mrs Triptree Deputy Headteacher


Our Aim

Our aim is to give you the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to achieve your best and more! Geography is an exciting and practical subject which stretches your horizons.

It is classified as a Science and Art subject so links to a whole range of other subjects.

Geography is recognised by employers as a subject that prepares you well for the world of work and by universities as a subject which produces young people who can think clearly to solve problems.

Welcome to your world! Choose life, choose Geography!

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

The topics you will cover are:

Year 7

  • Map & Atlas skills and a research project on a country of your choice in Asia.
  • Settlement.
  • The West Midlands region and the development of HS2.
  • Crime
  • Africa and Farming in Kenya

Year 8

  • Weather and Climate
  • Population
  • Globalisation
  • Russia
  • Rivers and Flooding (including Fieldwork)

Year 9

  • Natural hazards – volcanoes and earthquakes. You research a hazard of your choice.
  • Global issues and their impact on our planet. Group work on Antarctica.
  • Coastal features and management.
  • Energy and Water
  • Demand for Food
  • Glaciation and Antarctica

Key Stage 4

Students study the AQA Exam Board GCSE Geography Specification. Specification A highlights the critical importance of geography for understanding the world and for stimulating an interest in places. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment. More details of the specification can be found at www.aqa.org.uk. Here, past examinations can be downloaded for practice to fully prepare for the exams. The topics studied are:
Unit 1 –35% of examination Living with the Physical Environment. 
- Tectonics (volcanoes and earthquakes), tropical storms, extreme weather in the UK and climate change
- Physical landscapes in the UK—coasts and rivers.
- The living world—local ecosystems, tropical rainforests, and cold environments.
Unit 2 - 35% Challenges in the Human Environment
- Urban challenges (rapid urbanisation), global patterns and 2 contrasting sustainable urban futures—UK vs LIC.
- The changing economic world-measuring development, reducing the development gap,  trade and aid, TNC’s and contrasting case study LIC and UK.
- Challenges of resource management—global demand for food, water and energy. In-depth look at energy and sustainable solutions.
Unit 3 Geographical Applications 30%
- 2 fieldwork opportunities to collect Physical and Human Geography.
- Content issue evaluation pre-release booklet which will include mathematics and statistics.
- Skills are examined as part of the 3 exam papers: map, diagrams, graphs, photographs, cross-sections and satellite images.

Key Stage 5

Students study the AQA Exam Board. It covers the critical importance of geography for understanding the world and for stimulating an interest in places. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment. More details of the specification can be found at www.aqa.org.uk. Here, past examinations can be downloaded for practice to fully prepare for the exams.

Year 12

The topics are:

Paper 1 (written exam 1 hour 30 minutes)

Coastal systems and landscapes

Hazards

Paper 2 (written exam 1 hour 30 minutes)

Changing places

Fieldwork and skills

The two examinations are end of year examinations.

Year 13

You will study:

Water and carbon cycles, Global systems and global governance and Contemporary urban environments.

Coursework independent study

A Level examinations Year 13

Component 1: Physical geography - 40% of A-level

Section A: Water and carbon cycles (27 marks)

Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes  (27 marks)

Section C: Hazards (42 marks)

Component 2:

Human geography  • 40% of A-Level

Section A: Global systems and global governance (27 marks)

Section B: Changing places (27 marks)

Section C:  Contemporary urban environments (42 marks)  

Component 3:

Coursework independent study -20% of A-level