Subject: Geography
Teacher: Mrs Smith

Are you interested in…

…Flooding? Climate change? Energy use? Landscapes around us? Ways of life in developing countries? Tropical rainforests? Getting out of the classroom and studying your local area?

Then Geography is for you!

At Key Stage 3

Pupils study a range of human and physical topics at various different scales – local, national and global.

Year 7 – Geographical Skills, Tropical Rainforests, Cumbria and the World, Africa: Kenya, Rivers and Flooding.

Year 8 – Population and Migration, Extreme Climates, You are what you eat, Who wants to be a billionaire and Coastal Processes.

Year 9 – Plate Tectonics, Asia: Japan, Settlement, Independent Country Study, Tourism.

KS3 Assessment

Pupils will have independent assessments throughout the unit as well as an end of unit test.  Progress is tracked throughout the year with clear feedback of how to improve.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Geography
OCR A: Geographical Themes (9-1)

This specification is brand new for September 2016 and it includes exciting content, exploring both the geography of the UK and the wider world, as well as fieldwork opportunities.  Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. All pupils are taken on a residential to Blencathara for three days, where they will undertake two pieces of fieldwork and will receive specialist tuition on geographical skills.  This is all relevant to Unit 3, which is worth 40% of the GCSE grade.

Course Content

Unit 1: Living in the UK today (landscapes, people and environmental challenges)

Unit 2: The world around us (ecosystems, people and environmental threats)

Unit 3: Geographical skills (graphs, maps, statistics, your own fieldwork). You are required to undertake two pieces of fieldwork, one human and one physical.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks (30%)

Unit 2 – 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks (30%)

Unit 3 – 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks (40%)

Where can geography take me?

According to the Royal Geographical Society, geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment.

Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting.

The army, police, government, research organisations, law and business world also love the practical research skills that geographers develop.

Because geographers learn about human and population development, geography can be useful for jobs in charity and international relations too.