Geography is the academic study of the relationship between humans and our amazing planet. It has a huge breadth of subject matter with few boundaries. It is this breadth and the relevance of the subject that makes it so important and interesting to teach and for pupils to learn.
It prepares people for the world after 16, both as members of society and in whatever career path they choose to follow. It teaches many life skills as well as specific information. It trains individuals to think and to question what is happening to them, their town, their country and their planet. It introduces them to the role of governments and individuals as decision makers and catalysts for positive change.
Within a Christian setting we aim …
- · To stimulate pupils’ interest in the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface
- · To foster a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them at all scales.
- · To help pupils develop an informed concern about the quality of life faced by people on our planet.
- · To help pupils develop an informed concern for the quality of the environment
- · To enhance pupils’ sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people
- · To help pupils’ develop informed opinion on how change can be managed and the role of individuals and groups in encouraging change.
- · For pupils to attain their target grades in end of KS assessments
What will I Study?
Geography opens the window on the world you live on and the global community you live in! We answer questions such as:
- · Does the Lake District National Park manage conflicts between visitors and residents appropriately?
- · How will climate change affect Blackpool?
- · What are we doing about it?
- · Why is Eco-tourism better for the environment?
- · What happens when an earthquake strikes?
- · Why are the rainforests being felled?
- · Why do some people suffer from hunger whilst others have more food than they need?
- · Should motorists pay a toll to use congested streets?
GCSE Geography will look at questions like these and find the answers.
It is relevant because it is about the world you live in now and looks at different possible futures. A current year 11 pupil commented “Geography is a great option because it opens many doors in the future. It doesn’t just send you down one career path but allows you to be more flexible. It gives me many transferable skills that can be used in any job.”
Our school follows AQA Specification A. You will study 6 topics 3 physical and 3 human. These include a broad base of skills and a controlled assessment.
How will I be Assessed?
- · Controlled Assessment - one large inquiry accounts for 25% of marks
Currently we study the effects of tourism in Bowness in the Lake District.
This involves a day visit to Bowness.
- · Exam paper 1 – skills and physical Geography – worth 25%.
- · Exam paper 2 – skills and human and economic Geography – worth 25%.
- · The exam has 2 levels or tiers. This allows students to take an exam suitable for their ability.
This is an interesting course with an examination that gives plenty of opportunities to do your best. We use plenty of ICT during the course and many other Key Skills and transferable skills are developed.