Welcome to Geography

Geography is a truly inter-disciplinary subject which opens students eyes into our world and the relationships people have with it. As famously quoted by Michael Palin: “Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future". Through the development of a range of transferrable skills, Geography prepares young people for the world of work. Geographers, with their skills of analysis and interpretation, are both sought-after and highly employable.

Staff

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Key Stage 3

The Geography course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. Year 7 and 8 Geography at Outwood Grange offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in a collaborative, interactive and hugely engaging manner. Each unit that students study has been chosen because of its direct relevance to our understanding of and interaction with the twenty first century world.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mr Hedley (Head of Department) at p.hedley@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Geography
The GCSE Geography course enables students to deepen their understanding of the physical and human processes that affect our planet.
Link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035
The course has three exams in the summer of the second year. They are as follows:

Unit 1: Living with the physical environment
• The challenge of natural hazards – tectonic & weather hazards
• The living world – tropical rainforests & hot deserts
• Physical landscapes in the UK – coasts & rivers

Unit 2: The human environment
• Urban issues and challenges – slums, urban growth, regeneration & sustainable living
• Changing economic world – the development gap, TNCs and the north/south divide
• Challenge of resource management – water

Unit 3: Geographical applications
• Issue evaluation – based on a pre-release booklet issues 12 weeks in advance
• Fieldwork – based on both human and physical data collection

GCSE Geography is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mr Hedley (Head of Department) at p.hedley@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 5

AQA GCE A Level Geography
A level Geography allows students to investigate in greater depth the relationships between human populations and their environments and the changes that take place over time.

Unit 1 – Physical geography
40% of A level
2 hour 30 minute written examination
120 marks
Structured short and extended questions
Topics studied:
• Water & carbon cycles (Y12)
• Hazards (Y12)
• Coastal systems and landscapes (Y13)

Unit 2 – Human geography
40% of A level
2 hour 30 minute written examination
120 marks
Structured short and extended questions
Topics studied:
• Changing Places (Y12)
• Global systems and global governance (Y13)
• Contemporary urban environments (Y13)

Unit 3 – Geography fieldwork investigation
20% of A level
60 marks
3,000-4,000 words
Marked by teachers and moderated by AQA
Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

A level Geography is assessed in the following way

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mr Hedley (Head of Department) at p.hedley@grange.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities for Geography

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.