Geography is a key facilitator subject which allows you to link elements of Humanities, Science and Social Science. This new course builds on the skills and knowledge gained at GCSE, but is equally accessible to students who did not follow a GCSE course in Geography. Your interest in the world around you and the issues facing our planet will be the main focus of the course through studying the key areas of environmental change and looking at how to manage them. Keys areas of study are: coastal landscapes, changing global economies and settlements, tectonic hazards, environmental management of water and biomes, population movement, oceans, ecological management and African development. You will also have the opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills through field work visits and personal research both of which will contribute to your final assessment.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8 Outline of Topics Geography
What is Geography???
· Using W questions in Geography
· Main branches of Geography
· 4 and 8 point compass directions
· Using compass and map of the school
· Holiday survey data collection, presentation and analysis
How do we manage to live all over our planet?
· Weather and climate
· Weather instruments
· Factors affecting climate
· Climate graphs
· Water cycle (large and small scale)
· Life in the Gobi desert
· Asia research
· OS map symbols
· 8 and 16 point compass and using direction on a amp
· Using scale on a map
· Representing height on a map
· 4 figure grid references
· 6 figures grid references
· Treasure island design a map and apply map skills
· Latitude and longitude
· Map skill practise
· Using photos in Geography
Living in Harsh Environments
· Extreme environments
· Arctic climate
· Factors affecting Arctic climate
· Difference between Arctic and Antarctica
· Surviving in the Arctic
· Snow and Glaciers
· Adaptations of animals and plants in the Arctic
· Life in Namibia (Adaptation)
· Climate change
· Greenhouse effect
· Effects of climate change globally and in UK
· Climate change strategies
Weathering, waves and Water
· Church Yard weathering investigation
· World Oceans and seas
· Coastal processes and landforms from erosion
· Coastal processes and landforms from deposition
· Coastal management/protection
· Importance of Coral reefs
· Maldives and coral reef damage
· Decision maker for Scarborough coastal management
Enquiry ‘Going for Gold’
This focuses on Japan and Tokyo (Host of 2020 Olympics).
· Japan and the islands
· Medal winners and country locations from 2016 Olympics
· Cities of Japan
· Physical and human features in Japan
· Modern and Traditional Japan
· Japan climate
· Collecting research data about Japan
· How developed is Japan?
Its not Fair!
This unit focuses on the physical and human disparity and inequality in the world and investigates some of the reasons for this.
· World trade
· Wealth and poverty
· Fair trade
· Migration and immigration
· The three gorges dam
· Tectonic hazards
· Sea Level rise
· Magna Park
Key Stage 4
What does the course involve?
The GCSE WJEC Geography B course has 3 units:
Theme 1: Changing places - Changing Economies.
This unit looks at urban and rural change in the UK, urbanisation, retail, leisure, globalisation and global patterns of development. We will study several places including Leicester, South Leicestershire villages, Sydney, Mumbai and African development.
Theme 2: Changing Environments.
This unit looks at coastal areas and their management, rivers and their management, global and UK climates and climate change. We will study several locations including the Holderness coastline, Cornwall, the river Nile and the river Indus and Tropical and Temperate climate zones.
Theme 3: Environmental Challenges.
This unit looks at ecosystems and biomes (threats and management), desertification, water supply and demand. We will study several locations including Savanna grasslands in Africa, Tropical rainforests and the Sahel region of Africa and China.
What about exams?
There are THREE examination papers:
Paper 1. Investigating Geographical Issues 40% 1 hour 45 minutes
This will involve answering 3 multipart questions based on each of the three themes studied.
Paper 2. Problem Solving Geography 30% 1 hour 30 minutes
This will be a problem solving exercise based on content from across the three themes.
Paper 3. Applied fieldwork Enquiry 30% 1 hour 15 minutes
This will assess elements of practical geography based on fieldwork exercises carried out independently and as part of whole class work.
Students will be expected to carry out independent fieldwork based on their home area as part of the course, and two whole class field visits will be integral to the successful completion of the course which will involve transport costs of between £10 and £25. We plan to visit a local city, and either a national park or a coastal area on day visits.
Course Title: GCSE Geography
Exam Board: WJEC
Outcome: GCSE Geography
Course Contact: P.Hill@lutterworthcollege.com, J.Alderman@lutterworthcollege.com C.Holden@lutterworthcollege.com
Where will this course take me?
Geography combines well with all other areas of the curriculum. The skill set you build as an A level Geographer is highly valued by employers and course leaders in Higher Education. Geographers are able to use, present and interpret data in a wide range of ways including, numerical, cartographic, textual and pictorial. This allows students to consider many areas of study or employment such as; planning, marketing, cartography, estate management, law, retailing, conservation, travel and leisure, transport management, logistics etc. University courses in Geography are popular and require high grades for admission because they offer good opportunities for future employment.
Course Title: A Level Linear Geography
Exam Board: WJEC/Eduquas
Outcome: GCE Geography
Course Contact:P.Hill@lutterworthcollege.com, J.Alderman@lutterworthcollege.com C.Holden@lutterworthcollege.com
GCSE Geography 5 grade or above should have been achieved. If GCSE Geography was not studied then grade 5’s in GCSE English and a Humanities subject is required. Students must be committed to meeting deadlines, working independently and carrying out research. Students should be able to produce essays, analyse data sources in different forms, be well organised and manage their workload correctly. Fieldwork is an integral part of the A level course and students should be prepared for the additional costs this will involve and the requirement to be responsible in catching up on any work missed in other curriculum areas during the fieldwork.