KS3 introduces students to what Geography is; the study of the planet, the people in and nature in it and the processes that shape our landscapes and cities. Students develop map skills using a range of different scales, the geography of the British Isles and Europe. The settlement unit examines the environmental and historical reasons for the growth of some towns and cities. Students will develop their awareness of the local and national geographies as well as beginning to think about the UK's links with the rest of the world. We look at several key case studies; the UK, Kenya, Brazil and China.
KS4: GCSE Geography looks at some of our planets more extreme environments as well as the links between our own areas and a distant location, focussing on the similarities and differences between the two places. We currently follow the OCR A specification for GCSE, which takes in topics such as deserts, mountains, energy, consumerism, UK issues and a recent earthquake event. 25% of the course is examined through a controlled assessment about consumerism for which will carry out fieldwork and research and 75% is assessed through 2 formal examinations. One exam is looking specifically at map skills and data interpretation.
KS5: The A level is a comprehensive course which will develop knowledge and interests from GCSE and prepare students who are considering studying Geography to a higher level. We follow the EDEXCEL Geography A level course, covering 4 units at AS; Going Global: globalisation, development, population change and sustainability of future urban growth. World at Risk: natural hazards and climate change; the causes, impacts and management of these events. Our Key case studies are London, Mumbai, California and the Philippines. The extreme weather unit helps students to understand the causes, impacts and management of weather events such as droughts and hurricanes with the class visiting an area which has had to address a flood threat. The final unit is rebranding which gets us thinking about the ways places can reimage themselves to improve and regenerate a place, we visit destinations such as Liverpool, Stratford or Cornwall to understand how rebranding is carried out and to determine how successful it is. A2 units include development and technology, water and energy management, super powers and biodiversity at risk. Finally students undertake an area of research into a geographical area of interest. All units are assessed through formal examinations.