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

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

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: Geographical Applications

  • Section A: Students are provided with a study in a pre-released booklet, this will include photographs, maps, quotes, satellite images and text. They will study this in class and at home and then be examined on their understanding of the topic and geographical issues arising.
  • Section B: Students will attend two field trips as part of their course, they will then be examined on their field skills and the knowledge they will have gained on their trips. Currently students visit the Holderness coastline to study coastal erosion and take a tour of Leeds studying regeneration.

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

Unit 4: Geographical Skills

Throughout the three exam papers students will be expected to use their map skills, graph skills and handle data relating to geography.