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Geography

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Key Stage 3 students study a range of topics in geography that allow them to learn about the world they live in and to develop a range of key geographical skills. 

 

  • Topics in year 7 include: Places around the world, maps, Africa, settlements, the UK, earthquakes, coasts and tourism.
  • Topics in year 8 include: Antarctica, rainforests, energy and resources, China, rivers and floods, dangerous weather and volcanoes.

 

During year 8, students will choose whether they want to continue to study either geography or history when they start their GCSE in year 9.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The current year 11 students are the final group to be completing the AQA geography A (9030) specification. 

For this course students need to study a range of physical and human geographical topics and these will be examined at the end of year 11. 

Students will either sit the higher or foundation examinations in geography and this will be decided based on target grades and progress through the course. 

Students will also complete a fieldwork based piece of controlled assessment in year 11. 

 

The details are shown below:

Unit

% of grade

Topics

Assessment

Unit 1- Physical Geography

 

 

37.5%

 

  • Restless earth
  • Coasts
  • Rivers

Examination

1hr 30 minutes

Unit 2- Human Geography

 

 

37.5%

 

  • Changing Urban Environments
  • Development Gap
  • ourism

Examination

1 hr 30 minutes

 

Unit 3 - Controlled Assessment (fieldwork based)

25%

  • Tourism

To be completed between Sept and December 2016 in school hours only.

 

Link to specification Here

 

The current year 10 students and all following GCSE groups will be studying the new AQA Geography (8035) specification.

 

For this course students need to study a range of physical and human geographical topics and these will be examined at the end of year 11.  All students will sit the same examination as this specification does not have higher and foundation papers.

 

Students will complete at least two fieldwork investigations and this will be assessed by examination rather than through controlled assessment.

 

This course will be 100% examination based.

 

The details are shown below:

Unit

% of grade

Topics

Assessment

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

 

35%

 

  • Natural Hazards
  • The Living World
  • physical Landscapes in the UK

Examination

1hr 30 minutes

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

 

 

35%

 

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • Changing Economic World
  • Challenge of Resource Management

Examination

1 hr 30 minutes

 

Paper 3: Geographical applications

 

30%

  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork

Examination

1 hr 30 minutes

 

 

 

Link to specification Here

 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

From September 2017 A-level Geography will be taught at Westlands.