The Geography Department seeks to enable students to make sense of their world, and to understand the processes, both human and physical that shape it. Geography is a dynamic subject which addresses many issues which affect people’s everyday life such as weather, flooding, climate change, the world we live in and environmental concerns. These issues raise crucial questions about the sort of future we wish to create, therefore it is extremely relevant for today’s children.
Geography GCSE attracts around 50 students in each year group, and is becoming much more popular by the year. We Follow the Edexcel A course. Year 10 and 11 study slightly different courses at the current time due to the new GCSE changes where, for Year 10, they will be graded from 1 – 9.
Unit 1 – The Physical Environment – worth 37.5% of the overall GCSE
Unit 3 – Geographical Investigations – worth 25% of overall GCSE
Part of this unit will include 2 field trips to gather data for the exam. One of these will be to study a river in the Peak District National Park and one will be a visit to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.
Unit 1 – Exam worth 25% of the overall GCSE
Contemporary themes in Geography
Unit 3 – Exam worth 25% of the overall GCSE
Unit 4 – Fieldwork worth 25% of the overall GCSE
Students take part in a visit to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and then conduct a write up of their study which is internally assessed.
Field work is a very big portion of our teaching; it enables students to get out and study the landscape which they live in.
In Year 7, students will get the opportunity to partake in a day trip to York to study tourism and the history of York on a joint Humanities trip.
In Year 8, to co-inside with the topic of the landscape we live in, students will undertake a day visit to Scarborough to study coastal erosion and Scarborough Castle, again on a joint Humanities trip.
In Year 9, students will undertake visits to Leeds University, whom the Department have forged strong links with, in preparation for making their GCSE options choices.
In Year 10, students attend a one day field trip to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales where they will collect data for their fieldwork.