Geography
KEY STAGE 3.
Year 7
The pupils develop a range of skills during the year. At the start of the year the main focus is on enhancing map skills including atlas work, grid references, scale and direction. The pupils learn about the physical processes of rivers during a unit on The Nile and it’s importance on the economic and social development of Egypt. The pupils will also study a unit on weather and climate and will research one example of an extreme weather event.

Year 8
Pupils will study the importance of sustainable development with regards to meeting the energy demands of the future. They will develop their enquiry skills with a data collecting exercise on Energy Use. The pupils study China, its physical and human geography and its growing influence on the World’s economic development.

Year 9
The pupils will study Earthquakes and Volcanoes and the physical processess which lead to various natural disasters. Pupils will also study Brazil and develop their enquiry skills by researching the importance of sustainable developments with regards to preserving the Amazon Rainforest. They will also study Brazil as a growing economy.

KEY STAGE 4.
Geography is a modern, exciting subject that allows pupils to look at the world around them and understand the issues that affect their futures. All pupils will study the core elements, with one optional area in each unit.

Unit 1 – Changing Physical and Human Landscapes
Landscapes and Physical Processes, Rural-Urban Links. Choose one out of: Tectonic Landscapes and Hazards or Coastal Hazards and their Management. 
Written Exam - 1hr 30mins - end of year 11 - 40%

Unit 2 – Environmental and Development Issues
Weather, Climate and Ecosystems, Development and Resource Issues. Choose one out of: Social Development Issues or Environmental Challenges.
Written Exam - 1hr 30mins - end of year 11 - 40%

Unit 3 – Fieldwork Enquiry
A written report to include evidence of their understanding of the enquiry process and their independent ability to process/present data and complete extended writing. In order to prepare for this report, learners are expected to undertake two fieldwork enquiries outside the classroom and school grounds, each in a contrasting environment:  In one environment the focus should be on fieldwork methodology. The second fieldwork experience should take place in a contrasting environment. This fieldwork enquiry must be underpinned by geography's conceptual framework.
Controlled Assessment - 20%

KEY STAGE 5.
Outline of AS and A2 courses:
AS:-
Unit 1– Changing Physical Encironments: Investigating climate change, tectonic change and hydrological change.
Unit 2 - Changing Human Environments: Investigating population change and settlement change in MEDCs.

A2:-
Unit 3 – Contemporary Themes: Climatic hazards and Asia.
G3 – Contemporary Research Themes:  Individual research based on fieldwork from a variety of subject options
Unit 4 - Sustainability: Energy, food, cities and water


You should gain a GCSE grade C or above to study the course. We also welcome pupils who have not studied the subject at GCSE.