Key Stage 3

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.
Students are encouraged to ask questions and interpret a wide variety of sources of information. Our students develop a diverse range of skills throughout the course by learning to work collaboratively and develop confidence in active debate and discussion. Through the use of highly engaging resources like images, maps and data, students develop a deep understanding of the issues that surround people and place in the 21st century.
Students study the following units in Year 7 for two hours per week:

  • Passport to the World: An introduction to Geography. You will learn about skills such as using an Atlas, drawing geographical maps and collecting data.
  • The Generation Game: This focuses on population issues around the world. Population density, population control in China & India and ageing populations are studied.
  • How do we find?: A study of map skills and how we utilise these to locate places. Distance, direction, grid references, contour patterns and route descriptions are studied.
  • Tropical Rainforests: Animal & plant adaptations, uncontacted tribes and the impacts of deforestation form the basis of this study of the Amazon rainforest. A class debate forms the highlight of the unit.
  • Academy Environmental Project: A study of the environmental problems found around school and how these could be improved form a unit that focuses heavily on fieldwork and working in groups.
  • Weather & Climate: A study of Britain’s weather and how various factors are involved. Hurricanes and droughts are also studied.

Students study the following units at Year 8 for one hour per week:

  • Brazil: A case study of the largest and most populated country in South America. Issues associated with poverty and migration provide the focus.
  • Ecosystems: Deserts, savannah, Antarctica and coral reefs provide the focus of this unit – focusing on the interaction of animals, plants and the ecosystem they form together.
  • Powerful Planet: A study of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Case studies link to Mt Etna’s frequent eruptions and the 2009 Haiti earthquake.
  • World Under Water: The impact of climate change and how coastal flooding is affecting communities in Bangladesh and Kiribati. The Japanese Tsunami & floods in Carlisle are also studied.
  • Who wants to be a billionaire?: A study of how billionaires exploit the global trading system to make their money. Sweatshop labour is a major focus.
  • Sport: A study of the London and Rio Olympics. How hosting these events both benefits and provides problems for these countries.

Key Stage 4

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 – either food, energy or 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

Results
GCSE Geography – AQA Specification A
• 2016 results: 71% A* – C
2015 results: 87% A* – C
2014 results: 85% A* – C
2013 results: 90% A* – C
The National Average for GCSE Geography is 69%

Key Stage 5

AS Geography

Link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7036

AS 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 and people & the environment
50% of AS
1 hour 30 minute written examination
80 marks
Structured short and extended questions
Topics studied:

  • Water & carbon cycles
  • Hazards

Unit 2 – Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation
50% of AS
1 hour 30 minute written examination
80 marks
Structured short and extended questions
Topics studied:

  • Changing Places
  • Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills

A2 Geography

Link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-2030

A2 level Geography builds on the skills developed at AS and develops them into fully developed arguments on topical issues prevalent throughout geographical study at a range of scales.

Unit 3 – GEOG3Contemporary Geographical Issues
30% of A Level
2 hour 30 minutes written examination
90 marks
Structured short and extended questions, plus an essay.
We investigate issues that pose challenges for today and in the future:

  • Plate Tectonics – earthquake, volcanic eruptions & tsunamis
  • Weather & Climate – global weather patterns, temperate & tropical storms, climate change
  • Contemporary Conflicts & Challenges – international conflict, separatism, poverty & global development

Unit 4 – GEO4A Geography Fieldwork Investigation
20% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes written examination
60 marks
Students design, carry out and develop a fieldwork investigation to answer short responses and extended questions. Fieldwork will link to one aspect of the A-level specification.

Results
2016 results: 100% A – E
2015 results: 86% A – C
2014 results: 83% A – C, 100% A – D.
2013 results: 86% A – C.

Mr P Hedley – Head of Geography
Mr D Chew – Teacher of Geography
Mr M Gumbley – Teacher of Geography
Mr A Wright – Teacher of Geography
Mrs L Walsh– Teacher of Geography