Key Stage 3
Geography at Key Stage Three aims to develop pupil knowledge and understanding of a wide range of people, places and environments and their understanding of the changing nature of geographical patterns and processes over time and place. Pupils are taught a range of skills and techniques to enable them to use information to undertake geographical enquiry and to develop a reliable perception of distance and location, over a widening range of scales.
At Key Stage Three, pupils are taught nine topics over three years. Each topic is assessed via an end of topic test (percentage awarded) and a levelled assessment homework.
- Understanding My World (Map skills)
- Rocky Rivers (Rivers, Landforms and Flooding)
- Escape to the Sun (Tourism)
- Wonderful Weather (Weather, Climate and Climatic Hazards)
- Going Walkabout (Population and Migration)
- Rich World Poor World (The Physical and Human Geography of Japan and Kenya)
- My Diverse World (Ecosystems – Rainforests and Deserts)
- My Hazardous World (Tectonic Hazards – Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis)
- My Global World (Globalisation)
Key Stage 4: GCSE
Students study the WJEC Specification A Geography Syllabus. This is a two-paper examination and two tiers of entry are offered:
- Foundation Tier – offers grades G to C
- Higher Tier – offers grades D – A*
Paper One is sat by all pupils at the end of Year 10 (with the potential for a re-sit in Year 11). The examination is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade and six topics are covered:
- Rivers – Flooding and Flood Management
- Climate Change and its Management
- Tectonic Hazards and their Management
- Global Population Change
- Globalisation and Trade
- Global Development
Paper Two is sat by all pupils at the end of Year 11. The examination is worth 35% of the overall GCSE grade and pupils study three topics from a choice of six.