Welcome to Geography!
Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, people and the environment. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and how society, the economy and environment combine to bring about change. Geography explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It also examines natural resources and their sustainable use.
Key Stage 3
Students cover a variety of contemporary topics to help develop their geographical skills and interest in the world around them. Mapwork is linked to school based fieldwork which encourages students to develop cartographic skills in a familiar environment. Human geography is often linked to case studies of different countries e.g. USA, China and India. Physical geography is linked to natural wonders which include case studies from Antarctica to the Amazon Rainforests. Environmental geography is linked to natural hazards and students are always alert this term to natural disasters.
Years 9 and 10 - New Spec Edexcel B
Component 1 - Global Geographical issues : Hazardous Earth, Development Dynamics and Challenges of an Urbanising World
Component 2 - UK Geographical issues : UK's Evolving Physical landscape - Coastal change and UK's Evolving Human Landscape - Investigating Dynamic Urban areas.
Component 3 - People and Environment issues : People and the biosphere, forest under threat and consuming energy resources.
All units are equally weighted. There is no controlled assessment.
Key Stage 4 - following the Edexcel A Spec - Year 11
Geographical Skills & Challenges for the Planet Unit.
The Natural Environment Unit: ‘Coastal Landscapes’; ‘River Landscapes’; ‘Tectonic Landscapes’; ‘A Watery World’
- The Human Environment Unit: ‘Settlement Change’; ‘Economic Change’;‘Population Change’; ‘A Tourist’s World’
- Fieldwork Investigation & report (coursework) based on a day’s fieldwork
All units are worth 25% of the GCSE course.
Key Stage 5 - following the Edexcel Spec
AS: Year 12 - Year 12 - (New specification)
Component 1 : Dynamic landscapes - 30% of the qualification
Tectonic processes and Hazards, The watercycle and water insecurity, Coastal landscapes and change and The carbon cycle and energy insecurity
Component 2 : 30% of the qualification
Globalisation, Regenerating places, Super powers, Migration, identity and sovereignty
A2: Year 13 - (Old specification)
Unit 3: Contested Planet worth 60% of A2 marks
Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity under threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the
Development Gap, The Technological Fix?
Unit 4: Geographical Research worth 40% of A2 marks
Research topic on Tectonic Activity & Hazards—causes, physical and human impacts, response
Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities
The Geography department cater for activity days at the North Downs. Students have the opportunity to take part in a series of team-building and problem-solving activities designed to progressively develop their skills in working with others and to explore their own abilities while engaging in bush craft activities.
In GCSE we work alongside the Edexcel A and B Spec and take them on fieldtrips to one of the following locations - East London, Box Hill, Dorking or the Dorset coastline.
KS5 really allows for kinesthetic learning as students go on 4 national trips and 1 international trip, often Iceland being the attractive destination to study plate tectonics.
There are also a host of extra support sessions provided for all our students from KS3 – KS5. There are many revision sessions for students before school and after school for GCSE and A level.
A link to the most recent department review for Geography can be found here.