Key Stage 4 Geography

Why should I study GCSE Geography?

This course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our world. The aim of studying GCSE Geography is to help you develop a more detailed awareness of the world in which you live and the continuing relationships between human activity and the physical environment. The course enables all students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of a range of places, processes and geographical patterns at a variety of scales, from local to global.

What will I learn about?

GCSE Geography covers a mixture of three physical topics (which include the study of Hazards e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes) and three human topics (which include the study of city redevelopment). You  will also develop map work, graphical and analysis skills throughout the course. During the Geography course all students will take part in geographical fieldwork.  This is a really important part of geography and will enable you to see things differently, providing a brilliant opportunity to experience some of the things you have learnt in class.

How will my work be assessed?

All units of work will be assessed at the end of 2 years of study.  Assessment of both human and physical geography modules and the fieldwork (now replacing controlled assessment) is all through examination. Unit 1 (Living with the Physical Environment) and Unit 2 (Challenges in the Human Environment) contribute 35% each towards the final GCSE grade, with Geographical fieldwork and applications module contributing the remaining 30% of the marks.

What future opportunities can this lead to?

There are a wide range of potential career options that are available to students who study geography, some of which are detailed below:

The Business World: Financial Risk Assessor, Banker, Accountant, Insurance, Civil Servant for DTI (Department for Trade and Industry), Transport and Logistics Manager, Retail Management,  Management Consultant, Commercial Sales Manager, Lawyer, Economic Adviser and Analyst, Location Analyst.

Leisure and Tourism Industry: Expedition Leader,  Travel Agent,  Exhibitions Coordinator,  Leisure Centre Management, Heritage Site Manager,  Eco Tour Guide, Tourist Information Officer, Civil Servant DCMS (Department for Culture, Media & Sport), Travel Writer, TV Researcher, Holiday Representative, Cultural Arts Officer, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Teacher.

Geographical Specialist Employment: GIS Specialist (Geographical Information Systems), Census Data Specialist, Location Analyst, Cartographer, Surveyor, Military GIS Specialist, Remote Sensing Analyst,  Aerial Surveyor, Geography Teacher.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Geography please contact Mr Garcia, Curriculum Area Leader: Geography


Key Stage 5 Geography

“Everywhere’s been where it is ever since it was first put there. It’s called geography.”
Terry Pratchett

We will be following the new AQA Geography course in which you study two human and two physical geography topics each year. In addition you will study geographical skills such as map work, data presentation and investigation skills. You will carry out geographical fieldwork which will be assessed through the submission of an independent investigation at the end of year 13.

In year 12 you will study the following topics:
Unit 1: Physical Geography: Water and carbon cycles
Unit 2: Human Geography and Fieldwork investigation: Changing Places, Contemporary urban environments & Geographical skills and coursework
In year 13 you will study the following topics:
Unit 1: Physical Geography: Hazards, Coastal systems and landscapes
Unit 2: Human Geography: Global systems and global governance
Unit 3: Independent Geographical investigation

You will have two teachers throughout the year and you will learn through a variety of teaching styles:

– Classroom activities such as teacher presentation, discussion, note making, group work, videos, student presentations and through ICT.
– Independent work such as research, case study investigations and wider reading.

Fieldwork Opportunities
There will be an opportunity for fieldwork as part of the course with a 3 day/2 night residential in North Yorkshire in preparation for the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) which contributes 20% towards your final grade.
This course also offers an optional enrichment study visit to New York City in April 2020.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
Higher Education Geography Graduates are amongst the most sought after in the place of work. A qualification in Geography can lead to careers in Town Planning, Travel, Tourism, Media and Environmental Protection.

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