Geography

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Welcome to the Geography Department. Our GCSE course inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Please feel free to browse our page for further information.
 
Type of course:  GCSE
 
How is the course assessed?
 
3 x exams in the final summer term  
 
Paper 1:  Living with the physical environment
1 hour 30 minutes 
Marks award for SPAG
35% of GCSE 
 
Paper 2:  Challenges in the human environment
1 hour 30 minutes 
Marks award for SPAG
35% of GCSE 
 
Paper 3:  Geographical applications and skills
1 hour 15 minutes
Marks award for SPAG
30% of GCSE 
 
What topics/ units will you study?
 
Unit 1:  Living with the physical environment - Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK.
Unit 2:  Challenges in the human environment - Urban Issues, Resource Management.
Unit 3:  Geographical applications and skills - Fieldwork 
 
 
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
 
Geography inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. As such this course suits people who work hard; work well on their own and in groups, likes debating and discussing issues, and has a curiosity about current issues surrounding the planet. The course is also suited to people who can interpret data and so a good grasp of numbers is preferable as is the ability to write extended answers.
 
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
 
Two field trips will take place which will focus on the interplay between physical and human geography. Students will undertake field work to explore key geographical issues such as urban regeneration and changing coastal features.
 
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
 
Geography students at GCSE go on to study A-Levels at college in a variety of different subjects such as Law, Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths and Geography itself. A-Levels in academic subjects such as these provide a sound basis for students to go into employment or continue with education at University.
 
How will this course help you to get a job?
 
The new Geography GCSE includes work on statistics and extended answers and so it helps support students with both literacy and numeracy. This means students finish the course with many transferable skills which appeal to employers. The ability to interpret data, read maps and graphs and run enquiries to test ideas are key skills valued by employers.
 
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
 
If any further information is required please speak to a member of the Geography department
 
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
 
Agnieszka Ronkowska, "I picked Geography as I enjoy learning about the topics, especially the impacts of global warming on a local and global scale, and how we can protect our environment. I would like to contribute towards sustaining the environment when I leave school, and felt that Geography would give me the knowledge and skills to pursue a job in the area of sustainable environmental management.”  
 
Ella Taylor, "I’ve really enjoyed learning about natural disasters, and want to travel the world when I’m older so Geography seemed an obvious GCSE option.”  
 
 Ashleigh Braithwaite, "I’ve really enjoyed Geography so far, especially learning about cold environments and rainforests, and how animals adapt to different environments. It’s also made me think about the impacts of tourism and how I might be a ‘responsible’ tourist.”