Geography Curriculum Plan

“Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.” – Michael Palin

 Geography tackles the really big issues facing modern society – environmental responsibility, our global interdependence, cultural understanding and tolerance, commerce, trade and industry.  The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes.

The transferable skills which geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking. It is less likely that you will spend all your life with one company or organisation (the ‘job for life’), so flexible thinking is a great attribute.  Geographical study fosters these qualities and provides a firm basis for life-long learning.

Year 7 Students cover topics such as: Our Local Area, Extreme Weather, Environmental Concerns, Coasts and Tourism.
Year 8 This year of study focuses on the European Union, Italy, Rivers and Flooding, Crime, Exploring the UK and Farming and Industry focusing on Ghana and the UK.
Year 9 Topics covered in this year include: Plate tectonics, natural disasters and hazards, Global Warming, China the Super power and Global development issues.
Year 10 & 11 Students follow the WJEC Specification B syllabus over a two year course.  Studies focus on a mixture of human and physical elements. Physical topics include rivers, coasts, climate change and weather & climate. Human topics include globalisation, development, changing populations and tourism. At the end of year 10 students will get the opportunity to visit a location which relates to their Controlled Assessment to complete their fieldwork. Controlled assessment makes up 25% of their GCSE. At the end of year 11 students have two exams which in total are 75% of their GCSE.

Almost daily geographical topics are in the news and discussed in the media. We encourage all our students to take an interest in what current geography is happening in the world. A few excellent websites include: the BBC and National Geographic which is specifically geared towards key stage 4 level and is an excellent source for case studies and other detailed information.

 A-Level Geography

Course Title: A-level Geography

Exam board: WJEC

Exam Code: AS – 2201 ……. A2 – 3201

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Assessment method: The Geography A level is assessed by 4 units all examinations.

Minimum requirement: Standard entry requirements of five A*-C grades including English language and mathematics. It is not necessary to have studied Geography at GCSE level.

About the course

Geography is a popular academic course where students will develop and apply their understanding of geographical concepts and processes to understand and interpret our rapidly changing world. Students will develop an awareness of the complexity of interactions within and between societies, economies, cultures and environments at scales from local to global. While studying the course students will develop as global citizens who recognize the challenges of sustainability and the implications for their own and others’ lives. Most of all, students will be inspired by the world around them, and gain enjoyment and satisfaction from their geographical studies and understand their relevance. 

AS Geography:

G1 (1201) is 50% of AS and 25% of the A level and covers changing physical environments, in particular it focuses on investigating climate change and investigating tectonic and hydrological change.

G2 (1202) is 50% of AS and 25% of the A level and covers changing human environments, in particular it focuses on investigating population change and investigating settlement change.

A2 Geography:

G3 (1203) is 30% of the A level and covers physical and human geography students study coastal landforms and their management and also globalization.

G4 (1204) is 20% of the A level and covers sustainability students study sustainable food supply, sustainable water supply, sustainable energy and sustainable cities.

Academic and Career Pathways

Geography provides you with the skills required to study at a higher level whilst also developing skills that will be useful in the workplace. Students who have studied Geography in the past have followed a wide range of pathways including university, training schemes and employment. For university the course is particularly suitable preparation for Geography, Hazard Management, Environmental Science, Town Planning, Conservation and Tourism to name just a few.

 “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement: the greatest source of visual beauty: the greatest source of interest.” – Sir David Attenborough