Geography


Head of Department: Mrs H Hillier-Brown
Faculty Staff: Mrs S Musgrove, Mr P Hayward and Mrs H Chant
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

The Geography Department aims to create a culture of interest and enthusiasm for the subject, to provide real experiences through fieldwork activities and to create enquiring minds.  Geography can help students to take a real interest in their immediate community as well as in the wider global society.  There is an emphasis on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students within the topics studied throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students study a wide range of physical, human and environmental geography throughout Key Stage 3.

Year 7

Students study the following topics:

  • The British Isles, Migration and Multi-Cultural Britain (Home and Away)
  • Rivers, Flooding and Glaciation (Water World)
  • Coasts
  • Map Skills
  • The rise of India

Year 8

Students study the following topics:

  • Weather and Climate
  • Extreme Environments
  • Hazards
  • Russia

Year 9

Students study the following topics:

  • Development
  • China
  • Climate Change
  • Fieldwork

Geography Fieldwork Opportunities at Key Stage 3

  • Year 7: Fieldwork undertaken around the school site and local area
  • Year 8: Visit to Longleat Safari Park
  • Year 9: Humanities residential visit to the World War I Battlefields of Northern France and Belgium

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code:  WJEC Eduqas GCSE Geography A:  C111QS
Exam Board Specification: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography/gcse-a/

The overarching aims of this qualification are that students will develop the ability to think ‘like a geographer’.  Students will develop the skills to conduct enquiries in the classroom and in the field in order to develop their understanding of specialised geographical concepts and current geographical issues.  WJEC Eduqas GCSE Geography A develops an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts.  Fieldwork is an essential aspect of geographical education and of this qualification. It is placed at the heart of this specification and fieldwork is embedded within the programmes of study.  Students will consolidate and extend their understanding of geographical concepts learned in the classroom by engaging with enquiries conducted outside of the classroom and school grounds. Furthermore, students will be challenged to apply what they have learned through specific fieldwork in local contexts, to the wider context of UK geography.

How is the course structured?

Component 1:  Changing Physical and Human Landscapes (Year 10)

Theme 1:  Landscapes and Physical Processes
Theme 2:  Rural-urban Links
Theme 3:  Coastal Hazards and their Management

Component 2:  Environmental and Development Issues (Year 11)

Theme 4:  Weather, Climate and Ecosystems
Theme 5:  Development and Resource Issues
Theme 6:  Social Development Issues

Component 3:  Fieldwork Enquiry (Years 10 & 11)

Part A:  approaches to fieldwork methodology, representation and analysis
Part B:  how fieldwork enquiry may be used to investigate geography’s conceptual frameworks
Part C:  application of broad geographical concepts to a wider UK context and assess the ability to make and justify a decision


Geography Fieldwork Opportunities in Geography

  • Year 10:  A one day investigation into the sphere of influence of a honeypot site (coastal location in the south of England) – June
  • Year 11:  A one day investigation into the use of transects within the city of Wells – October

GCSE Revision and Exam Information 2019:

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Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Geography AQA 7037
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

Recommended Entry Requirements
Grade 5 GCSE Geography
Grade 5 GCSE Mathematics

Why Geography?
Saint Gregory’s has held the prestigious Secondary Geography Quality Mark by the Geographical Association since 2014 in recognition of the quality of teaching, learning and exam results.

Geography A level will excite your minds and challenge your perceptions. If you have an interest in people, the natural environment and world cities you will really enjoy this current, contemporary and very relevant course. With a mixture of human, physical and environmental geography, you will explore real issues facing the world such as population growth and the impact of natural hazards on people around the world.

If you love learning in the outdoors, be it in cities or the countryside, Geography A level is an obvious choice.

For more information on A Level Geography, click here.

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