Geography is an exciting and ever-changing subject that has very real relevance to the wider world in which we live.
Key Stage 3
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Autumn||Our Place||Our World||Dangerous Geography|
|Kenya Case Study||National Parks Case Study||Tsunami|
|Summer||Coasts||Rivers||Development and Fair Trade|
|World of Work|
Key Stage 4
|Year 10||Year 11|
|Autumn||Water on the Land||Controlled Assessment|
Geographers are able to collect information from fieldwork, maps, photographs, satellite images and ICT. They can describe, analyse and interpret data and present it using maps, diagrams and graphs, and are able to draw conclusions and justify them. All of these skills are highly valued by employers. As with most GCSEs, geography does not train pupils to enter any specific career. The breadth of the subject and the variety of skills involved, however, make geographers very flexible in a changing jobs market. Geography is frequently in the top ten degree subjects ranked by success in gaining employment.
Geography is a good choice if you want to keep your options open and has relevance to careers as wide as finance and accountancy, administration and management, sales and marketing, travel and tourism and environmental planning. Geography would be a good basis for going on to do further courses in economics, business studies, travel and tourism, geology or environmental studies, as well as A level Geography.
Pupils who opt to take the subject at GCSE will follow the AQA ‘A’ syllabus and will study 3 main areas;
Physical Geography themes including; earthquakes, volcanoes, extreme weather, ecosystems & coasts.
Human Geography themes including; change in the urban environment, resource management, & economic development.
The new syllabus also includes a section on Geographical Applications to replace controlled Assessment. It will be based on map skills, fieldwork techniques, issue evaluation and problem-solving, and includes the requirement for all students to complete physical and human fieldwork studies.
The GCSE examination (from September 2016) has three components:
Paper 1 Physical Geography 35% of the total
Paper 2 Human Geography 35% of the total
Paper 3 Geographical Applications 30%
Geography GCSE has recently included fieldwork studies on Tourism in Scarborough, flood defences in York and Environmental Quality studies in the local community.