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GEOGRAPHY

KEY STAGE 4

AQA Geography GCSE:


Topic 1 – Living with the Physical World (35%): 1 hour 30 minute exam

  • Natural Hazards: Tectonic hazards, tropical storms, extreme weather and climate change: Understanding the causes of hazards, how they affect people and how we manage them.

  • Physical landscapes: Coasts and rivers – how they shape our landscape, affect people’s lives and how we are working to manage coastal and river processes.

  • The living world: Ecosystems, tropical rainforests and cold environments (the arctic/ Antarctic) – understanding the characteristics, value and the need for protection.

Topic 2 – Challenges in the Human World (35%): 1 hour 30 minute exam

  • Urban issues and challenges: Exploring the challenges and opportunities in cities around the world.

  • Changing economic world: The differences in global quality of life, strategies to reduce the development gap and economic growth.

  • Challenges of resource management: Global distribution of energy, food and water, changing demand for resources and strategies to cope with supply issues.

Topic 3 – Geographical Applications (30%): 1 hour 15 minute exam

  • Critical thinking in Geography: problem solving using a range of geographical issues

  • Fieldwork: completing fieldwork and research out of the classroom to investigate geographical processes.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

  • Your Local Area

  • The Physical Geography of the UK

  • The Human Geography of the UK

  • Weather and climate

  • Russia

Year 8

  • Population

  • Natural Resources – Energy, Food and Water

  • Development and Africa

  • The Middle East

  • Coastal Landscapes

Year 9

  • Tectonic hazards

  • Global world

  • Ecosystems

  • Weather hazards

  • Fieldwork in Geography

KEY STAGE 5

Year 12 Topics:


DYNAMIC LANDSCAPES (25%):


Tectonic Processes & Hazards

Tectonic processes, a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards.

Landscape Systems, Processes and Change - Coasts

A study of coastal processed, landforms and landscapes. A study of the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.


DYNAMIC PLACES (25%): 


Globalisation

A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.

Shaping Places - Regenerating Places

A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people.


Year 13 Topics:


PHYSICAL SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY (25%)


The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity

Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.

The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security

Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.

Climate Change Future

Exploring linkns between the carbon and water cycles through climate change.


HUMAN SYSTEMS AND GEOPOLITICS (25%)


Superpowers

The reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence or superpowers in governing the global commons.

Global Development and Connections

Health, human rights and interventions OR migration, identity and sovereignty.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:

Mrs L Banfield

DEPARTMENT STAFF:

Mr I Bradley, Mrs A Findlay, Miss S Lewis, Miss C Thompson, Miss M Langton

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