Geography Department

Head of Department: Mrs C Bramwell

The Geography course covered in Years 7 - 9 is both issue-based and key theme based, using detailed regional and global examples throughout.  A range of media is used in delivering the subject, including pupil-centred and enquiry based approaches.

In Year 7 topics covered are thematically arranged.  We first consider sense of place and the school environment, map work / skills. Before Christmas students explore a place, such as Africa, Russia or the Middle East.  This is followed by the key issue of rainforest destruction and in the third term we look at the theme of urbanisation including issues such as transport and pop up festival towns.

In Year 8 aspects of physical Geography are covered.  This includes the study of glaciated landscapes, plate tectonics and rivers and coasts.  The students are also given the chance to study a number of world issues including climate change and water as a scarce resource.

In Year 9 we study issues concerning unequal development including detailed regional studies of Brazil.  We also study food security as a world issue linked to many key areas of geography such as economics, politics, fuel provision and sustainability.  We end the year looking at places which include Asia and Africa, during which we cover human and physical geography alongside current issues.

In Years 10 and 11 pupils will follow OCR B (Geography for enquiring minds).  This course studies a broad range of topics in human and physical Geography at a range of scales; including ecosystems, urban futures, climate change and dynamic development.  Assessment is based on 3 examinations, two of 1hour 15minutes testing topic knowledge and understanding are worth 35% each and a third of 1hour 50 minutes which is synoptic in nature and includes a decision making exercise.  We have a 3 day residential in North Wales in May.

 The A level Geography course is the OCR Specification (H481).  It broadly considers the subject in terms of Human Geography (22% of examination), Physical Geography (22% of examination)​ and issues based Geography (36% of examination) but also places great emphasis on enquiry and investigation techniques.  It is a thought provoking, stimulating and academically rigorous course.   As a part of the course students in Year 12 and 13 will undertake individual field study visits in order to collect data and inspiration for their independent investigation (worth 20%).  

 

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