Curriculum Leader - Geography:

Mr Myatt

Geography

Curriculum Area: Geography
Curriculum Leader: Mr T Myatt

 

Key Stage 3

The following topics will be covered at year 7 and 8, to build up students knowledge and understanding in preperation for GCSE Geography.

Year 7: World Geography and Map Skills, Settlements, Coasts, Population, Energy, Weather & Climate

Year 8: Restless Earth, Globalisation, Rivers, Urbanisation, Development, Africa

 

Key Stage 4

What are the areas I will study?

Edexcel Geography B – The course is made up of the following 3 exams.

Component 1 – Global Geographical Issues

 You will sit a 1hr 30min exam, with 3 sections; you must answer all the questions in each section. The total marks for this paper are 94.

Your assessment:

  • Section A – Hazardous Earth
  • Section B – Development Dynamics
  • Section C – Challenges of an Urbanising World

Each section of the paper is worth 30 mark; in addition, up to 4 marks will be awarded for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of geographical language (SPAG).

There will be a variety of different question types, including multiple choice, calculations and open questions. 8 mark questions are where you get marks for SPAG.

 

Component 2 – UK Geographical Issues

You will sit a 1hr 30min exam, with 3 sections. The total marks for this paper are 94.

Your assessment:

  • Section A – The UK’s Evolving Physical Landscape (Answer all the questions)
  • Section B – The UK’s Evolving Human Landscape (Answer all the questions)
  • Section C1 – Physical fieldwork questions – Answer one question from either   Coastal change and conflict or River processes and pressures.
  • Section C2 – Human fieldwork questions - Answer one question from either     Dynamic urban areas or Changing rural areas.

You may be assessed on geographical skills in any section, and can use a calculator. Up to 4 marks will be awarded for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of geographical language (SPAG).

There will be a variety of different question types, including multiple choice, calculations and open questions. 8 mark questions are where you get marks for SPAG.

 

Component 3 – People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions

You will sit a 1hr 30min exam, with questions based on a resource booklet, leading up to a decision making exercise. You will be examined on Topics 7, 8 and 9, as well as using your knowledge of physical and human geography from Components 1 and 2. The total marks for this paper are 64.

Your assessment:

  • Section A – People and the Biosphere
  • Section B – Forests under Threat
  • Section C – Consuming Energy Resources (Including 8 Mark questions)
  • Section D – Making a Geographical Decision – You will choose 1 out of three decisions. (12 Mark questions with an extra 4 Marks for SPAG)

You may be assessed on geographical skills in any section, and can use a calculator. Up to 4 marks will be awarded for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of geographical language (SPAG).

 

Revision guides can be purchased from the Geography department at a reduced rate to help with students revision.

 

What activities will I take part in?

Discussion, Group work, Sorting information, research from books, articles and the web. We will also use class debates and videos as well as regular assessments and exam style questions. On top of all that we will promote the option of attending fieldtrips to experience Geography firsthand. 

 

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

You will become more familiar with your world and its future. “More than ever we need the geographer’s skills and foresight to help us learn about our planet ….. How we use it and how we ABUSE it”. In particular studying GCSE Geography will help you:

·         Acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of places

·         Develop a sense of place and an appreciation of the environment

·         Develop an understanding of global citizenship and current affairs

·         Appreciate that the study of Geography is dynamic and always changing

·         Understand the significance of people’s values and attitudes

·         Acquire and apply skills and techniques to include mapwork, fieldwork and ICT

  

How can I find out more?

Email Mr Myatt at Thomasmyatt@desborough-college.net for more details about the GCSE course. You can also visit `Edexcel Geography B website to access the course summary and further details.

 

 

Schoology website for GCSE and A level resources. Click here. 

Key Stage 5

What are the areas I will study?

We follow the Edexcel GCE Geography Specification - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.html

Edexcel A level Geography (2016) | Pearson qualifications

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Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for the changes to our AS and A level Geography from 2016, including our accredited specifications and sample ...

The units to be studied are:

  • Area of Study 1: Dynamic Landscapes (Tectonic Processes and Coastal Landscapes)
  • Area of Study 2: Dynamic Places (Globalisation and Regenerating Places)
  • Area of Study 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability (Carbon Cycle, Energy Security and Water Security)
  • Area of Study 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics (Superpowers, Migration, Sovereignty and Identity)

What activities will I take part in?

Discussion, Group work, Sorting information, research from books, articles and the web. We will also use class debates and videos as well as regular assessments and exam style questions. On top of all that we will promote the option of attending fieldtrips to experience Geography firsthand. 

 

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

You will: 

Investigate geographical processes and issues first hand through field work

Develop your own independent research skills, fundamental for any future studies or job.

Further develop your interest in and an enthusiasm for Geography, develop your analytical and communication skill which will be invaluable for further Geographical study at university and in the workplace.

Acquire knowledge and understanding of the main pressures and challenges facing the world.

Develop an understanding of how the world is changing and an appreciation of different viewpoints about the changing world

Develop stronger organizational and communication skills including sharing information with other students through discussion, presentation and on occasion teaching a topic.

How will I be assessed?

There are four components for assessment in A level Geography.  There are three exam papers at the end of year 13 which are as follows:

  • Paper 1 (30% of A level) assesses all the content in area of study 1 and 3 (Physical Geography)
  • Paper 2 (30% of A level) assesses all the content in area of study 2 and 4 (Human Geography)
  • Paper 3 (20% of A level) assesses everything in all topics (synoptic)

All of the exam papers contain extended writing questions including 12 and 20 mark questions as well as some shorter resource questions. Fieldwork will also be incorporated into the exams.

The fourth component that is assessed is a 3,000-4,000 word Independent Investigation:

  • Individual Investigation (20% of A level) that will be related to a topic already being studied and where each student will choose their own individual title. This investigation can be completed anytime.

 

More course information

A level Geography

GCSE Geography

Year 8 Geography

Year 7 Geography

Who do I see for more information?

Mr Myatt is able to offer further information on the GCSE or GCE courses. Also you can visit the exam board’s website to access the course summary and further details.

Pearson A Level Geography

Pearson GCSE Geography