There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and globalisation, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geography has been defined amongst the key ‘facilitating’ in a guide compiled by the Russell Group (20 leading UK universities). Geography is a subject for those who enjoy learning about people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment.
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The exciting new GCSE (AQA) course that we offer is based on a balanced framework of physical and human geography. It allows students to investigate the link between the two themes, and approach and examine the battles between the man-made and natural worlds. Students who complete the course will have the skills and experience to progress onto A-level and beyond.
Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.
Students will take 3 exams at the end of a two year course. The human component is worth 35% of the total marks as is the physical paper respectively. Students will also be examined on their fieldwork experiences, decision making and application of skills in paper 3 which is worth 30% of the overall qualification.
In year 12 you will study a range of physical topics including water and the carbon cycles as well as coastal environments and global hazards. You will also study human geography including the study of how places have changed over time as well as investigating places in context: the regional, national, international and global relationships which impact on the areas selected for study. At Advanced level topics are studied in greater depth with case studies being chosen from a diverse range of places.
How is the course assessed?
At Advanced level there are two examination papers each worth 40% of your Advanced level. One paper examines physical geography and the second one human geography. There is also an individual fieldwork study to be submitted which makes up 20% of your final grade. Students are expected to complete 4 days in the field in preparation for the submission at the end of year 13.