Geography Mission Statement
“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”
The Geography Department is committed to providing students with a geographical education that is up to date, relevant to their lives and encourages independent learning. We aim for students to cover the following:
- Extend locational knowledge and deepen special awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world.
- Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a variety of regions of the World.
- Understand physical geography at a variety of scales.
- Understand human geography at a variety of scales.
- Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change the World.
- To use atlases, globes and Ordnance Survey maps at a range of scales to include photographs, satellite images and other geographical data.
- Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data.
- Select and use fieldwork tools and techniques appropriately.
- To develop an enquiring mind to analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data.
- To inspire in students a curiosity and fascination about the World and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
GCSE course offered
The department offers the WJEC GCSE Geography B course.
The rational for the course is that of geographical enquiry. Each theme focuses on the relationships between people and environments and the need for careful management of both human and physical systems. There is also a strong focus on understanding different viewpoints and developing students’ problem solving and decision making skills.
A new specification for this course has been accredited by regulators for first teaching from September 2012 and is outlined below.
Over two years students study topics split into three themes. These are outlined below:
|1: Challenges of living in a built environment||1. Variation in quality of life and access to housing.|
|2. Access to services and changing service provision.|
|4. Planning issues in built environments.|
|5. Rural change and planning issues.|
|2: Physical processes & relationships between people and environments||1. Weather and climate.|
|3. The issue of desertification.|
|4. River processes and landforms.|
|5. Coastal processes and coastal management.|
|3: Uneven development and sustainable environments||1. Employment structures and opportunities.|
|2. The location of economic activities.|
|3. Economic activity and the environment.|
|5. Development issues and water.|
External assessment for GCSE Geography B is tiered; Higher tier targets the grade range of A*-D, Foundation tier targets the grade range of C-G. This makes up 75% of the final grade awarded through two written papers. Paper 1 is one hour in length and assesses Themes 1 and 2. Paper 2 is two hours long and assesses Theme 3 and a cross-theme problem solving exercise.
There is one piece of internal controlled assessment, which caters for the full range of ability (A*-G) and is worth 25%.
Where can additional information about the curriculum be found?
Details of the specification can be obtained from the Department for Education website:
Lesson and revision materials can be accessed by students on the VLE.