Local, Global and National and focuses on the locational aspects of Geography. Students:
Settlement focuses on the location, reason and structures of different settlements. Students within this topic will learn:
The Geography detectives focus on a variety of features within Geography ranging from atlas work to map skills. Students will learn:
The Rivers and coasts module focuses on the creation and dynamism of features within these environments. Students will learn:
Plate Tectonics focuses on the planets features and how people are impacted. Pupils within this topic will:
Development focuses on the wealth and patterns of economic variety. Pupils within this topic will:
Population focuses on the human features and patterns of variety. Pupils within this topic will:
Energy focuses on the need for energy resources and the impacts this causes. Pupils within this topic will:
Why study this subject?
What could be more important than learning about the world that over 7 billion people inhabit? Geography is the subject that enables us to do this. Not only is geography an interesting subject, it is also valued by employers and universities. Geography will not only provide you with an excellent qualification, it will also support you in your other subjects by helping you develop diverse skills like problem solving, decision making and team building skills, whilst learning about your place in the world around you. Want to know how your daily decisions can have an impact on a child’s life in Indonesia or a polar bear’s food supply in the North Pole? Then geography is the subject for you.
What will I learn?
Geography is split into two major elements; human and physical geography. In physical geography, you will learn about rivers and flooding; coastal management; volcanoes; earthquakes; hurricanes and the impacts they have on people. In human geography, you will learn how people around the globe are interconnected, and the issues facing countries at different stages of development. You will also plan and undertake to field studies to an urban area such as Stratford upon Avon, and a river valley in Shropshire; be sure to bring your wellies and waterproofs!
How will I be assessed?
Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment. You will always know what grade you are working at and how to improve your performance and progress. There will also be three exams at the end of Year 11.
What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?
A GCSE in Geography at a grade that reflects your work ethic and commitment.
What can this qualification lead to afterwards?
Geographers enter a very wide range of career areas like advertising, diplomatic service, education, environmental agencies, finance, law, land management, marketing, sales, social/health services, etc.
After securing a good GCSE grade in geography, you will have the option to continue with the subject at A-Level. The most obvious higher education path would be to study a degree in geography, but due to the diversity of the subject you are able to choose a from a large variety of courses. These include: Human Geography, Physical Geography, Law, Accounting, Architecture, Sociology and International Politics. Not only this, but the transferable skills developed by the subject have enabled students to study in locations across the globe, such as reading zoology in Borneo, to exploring the effects of glaciation in Iceland. The world is your oyster with a geography degree.
How much homework will I have to do?
You will be given homework in the form of research projects that will be set once every term.
Where can I find out more about this qualification?
The AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035. To see what you might be studying: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography.