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Welcome to Geography Miss C Pellett – Head of Geography “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 social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable. Whatever your passion for the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality -geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally” Dr. Rita Gardner Director of the Royal Geographical Society

Geography - GCSE – Some key facts: • Board – AQA (which is the board that we have used for both GCSE and A-level for a number of years) • It is a linear course so will be assessed with three written papers (all sat at the end of Year 11) • There is no controlled assessment but two pieces of fieldwork must be done and students will have to answer questions on these in the third written paper.

Unit 1 – Living with the physical environment What's assessed • Section A: Natural Hazards (including tectonic hazards, weather hazards and climate change) • Section B: Living World (including ecosystems, tropical rainforests and cold environments) • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK (including coastal landscapes and glacial landscapes)

How it's assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes • 35% of the GCSE • There will a mix of question types including data response, short answer and extended answer

Unit 2 – Challenges in the human environment

What's assessed • Section A: Urban issues and challenges • Section B: The changing economic world • Section C: The challenge of resource management (with a focus on energy) How it's assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes • 35% of the GCSE • There will a mix of question types including data response, short answer and extended answer

Unit 3 – Geographical Applications What's assessed • Section A: Issue Evaluation Students are given a resource booklet about a current geographical issue to study 12 weeks before the exam. • Section B: Fieldwork Unfamiliar fieldwork skills are tested Familiar fieldwork – student write about the fieldwork they completed. How it's assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes • 30% of the GCSE

What you would study and when: Year 10: • • • • • •

Year 9 Living World Tropical rainforests Cold environments

Natural Hazards - Tectonic hazards Natural Hazards - Climate change Natural Hazards - Weather hazards The Challenges of Resource Management – Energy Physical Landscapes - Coastal landscapes (fieldwork) Physical Landscapes - Glacial landscapes

Year 11: • Urban issues and challenges (fieldwork) • The changing economic world • Issue Evaluation • Revision


• 2 days of fieldwork is a compulsory part of the course.

Year 10: • A 1-day trip to Southend • Approximate cost - £20-25 • March 2020 Year 11: • A 1-day trip to St Albans • Approximate cost £15 • October 2020

Iceland • This trip has now run for over a decade. • It is open to all GCSE geographers but a maximum of 60 students can be taken. • It takes place in the Easter holidays of Year 10. • It will cost approximately £800 - £850.

What jobs can you do with Geography? Geography students are very employable because of the strong skills learnt during the course. Traditional Geography careers include: • • • • •

Careers within tourism industry Eco tourism guide Heritage site manager Travel writer TV researcher • GIS (Geographical Information Systems) specialist • Cartographer • Surveyor • Government positions (foreign relations) • Meteorologist, Climatologist, Volcanologist.

• Teacher • FE or university lecturer

• • • • • • • • • • •

Town planning Housing manager Urban regeneration officer Local government services Environment agencies Environmental campaign organiser Conservation worker Sustainability projects worker Civil servant for DEFRA Environmental health Resource management

What jobs can you do with Geography? Studying Geography does not only restrict you to Geography related careers. Some other common career paths for Geography students include: • Journalism • Business • Law • Accountancy • Advertising • Social worker • Banking and many more…

Whatever path you choose, Geography provides knowledge about the world in which we live and cross curricular skills. This will help you progress in any job, career or university placement.

Results in 2017: There were 120 candidates • 45% achieved a A* or A • 68% achieved an A* - B • 85% achieved an A*-C

Results in 2018: There were 124 candidates • 26% achieved grade 8 or 9 • 76% achieved grade 7 or above • 83% achieved grade 5 or above

Why study Geography? A few more reasons: • Geography helps you make sense of the world around you. It is a relevant subject which gives you knowledge of current global events which will help you whatever your future path may be. • Geography is a cross curricular subject which has strong links to business studies, economics, history, psychology, politics and the hard sciences. • Students learn a range of skills including literacy, data handling and analysis, data presentation and ICT, questioning, reasoning, team work, research skills, essay writing, as well as the fieldwork skills learnt on the trips. • You enjoy Geography!

“Geography explains the past, illuminated the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin

“The study of Geography is more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding of the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together” Barack Obama

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