Staff

Name Role
Mrs S Hossack Curriculum Leader of Geography (Maternity Leave)
Ms T Farragher Acting Curriculum Leader of Geography
Ms F Coulborn Teacher of Geography
Mr J Ryding Teacher of Geography (NQT)
Miss C Oates Teacher of Geography

Years 10 & 11

Students will complete the AQA GCSE Geography qualification. Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).

Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all three exams at the end of the course.

The subject content is split into units: 1 Living with the physical environment, 2 Challenges in the human environment, 3 Geographical applications and 4 Geographical skills.

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales.

This unit is split into three sections.

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards explores Weather Hazards, Climate Change and Tectonic hazard.
  • Section B: The living world explores ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts or cold environments
  • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK – explores Coastal landscapes, river landscapes and Glacial landscape in the UK.

This will be assessed by a 1 hour 30-minute Written exam which makes up 35 % of the GCSE.

Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment, is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various states of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs).

This unit is split into three sections.

  • Section A explores Urban issues and challenges.
  • Section B explores the changing economic world
  • Section C explores the challenge of resource management

This will be assessed by a 1 hour 30-minute Written exam which makes up 35 % of the GCSE.

Unit 3 sets out the requirements for fieldwork and issue evaluation. The Geographical applications unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study. There are 2 field trip: 1 urban trip to look at human landscape, and one coastal to look at physical landscape.

This will be assessed by a 1 hour and 15 minutes exam using a Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam. This makes up 30 % of the GCSE