Geography

“Geography is important; it makes people what they are” Jeremy Paxman

Geography is a continually evolving subject that involves us all.  It helps to give a greater awareness of day-to-day life at local, regional, national and world levels, emphasising the relationship between people and their environment.  It encourages students to become active citizens.  That is why we run a geography course that:

  • studies people, places and themes through an issues-based enquiry approach;
  • covers content relevant to modern geography and students’ lives;
  • develops decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • is motivating, relevant and up-to-date;
  • develops ICT and all other key skills.

Outline of Course

The outline of the course is taught through a range of common content which includes:

  • Geography of the UK
  • Geomorphology processes and landscape
  • Changing weather and climate
  • Global ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Resources and their management
  • Cities and urban society
  • Global economic development issues

All topics are chosen for their current relevance to students’ lives.  The course also includes a one day field trip to the North Norfolk Coast to study the impact of coastal erosion.  We also offer an optional field trip to Barcelona to a number of students to further enhance their geographical knowledge.

Assessment Method

The geography course builds on the students’ experiences at Key Stage 3.  The course assessment is comprised of 3 papers:

Paper 1:  Physical Environment

Paper 2:  Human Environment

Paper 3:  Applied Geographical Skills

Click here for year 7 KS3 assessment criteria.

Click here for year 8 KS3 assessment criteria.

Click here for year 9 KS3 assessment criteria.

What can I do with a Geography Qualification?

A GCSE in geography is a stepping stone to a whole range of future opportunities.  The skills you develop will help you in education and employment.

A good grade at GCSE will help you move on to any AS, A level or vocational A level course.  If you enjoy your geography GCSE, you might want to continue with this subject, or study a related subject.  Biology, geology, environmental science, government & politics, economics, history, sociology, travel & tourism and leisure & recreation all have close links with some of the material you study for this GCSE.

Careers directly related to geography include: government worker, surveyors, land and water management, hazard specialists, property development, tourism and conservation.

Careers that use geographers’ skills include: information technology, financial sector, advertising, engineering, construction, marketing, manufacturing, current affairs, journalism, teaching and law.

  • Geographers have great enquiry skills. They can ask and answer difficult questions.
  • Geographers are good at observing changes in the environment and looking forward into the future to assess the impact of what we are doing today.
  • Geographers are knowledgeable about places near and far.
  • Geographers are able to explain complex ideas and present them in creative ways.
  • Geographers understand sustainable development. Most companies and organisations have policies on sustainability.
  • Geographers can also do wonderful things with maps, not just atlases and paper maps, but also digital maps that are used by many businesses today.
  • Geographers are flexible. They recognise that the world is changing rapidly and can adapt to new ideas and new situations.

For further information please contact

Mr A Lovesey   alovesey@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk

 

 

Geography Year 7 KS3 assessment criteria
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Geography Year 8 KS3 assessment criteria
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Geography Year 9 KS3 assessment criteria
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