Geography

KS3

Year Group

Areas of Study

7 & 8

Unit 1: Earth’s Story and Landscapes – A study of the earth from Big Bang to current global climate issues with reference to rocks and their roles in shaping our landscapes

Unit 2: Maps and Mapping – A study of all the basic map skills required to be a successful Geographer

Unit 3: Glaciation and Glacial Landscapes – A study of how glaciers develop and have shaped our lives and landscapes (UK & Europe being the main focus)

Unit 4: GIS – A study of the principles of Geographic Information Systems linking Dr John Snow to a Geography of Crime

Unit 5: Africa – An overview study of the human and physical geography of Africa that looks at climate, ecosystems, tectonics, population change, urban issues etc

Unit 6: Horn of Africa – A focussed study of the human and physical geography of the eastern region of Africa focussing on issues like cash cropping and piracy

9

Eduqas Specification A

Theme 1: Landscapes and physical processes – An examination of the characteristics of complex landscapes and study of coastal and river processes and management

Key Stage 4

Link to other subjects/degrees/careers:

Geography at SLGGS is uniquely placed as it fits strongly with the sciences, notably Biology & Chemistry and also with the more traditional humanities subjects such as History, Classical Civilisations and Religious Studies. It has been defined by the Government as a ‘Unique Bridging Subject’ and thus provides support to the study of other subjects as well as standing alone as a subject in its own right. The Guardian newspaper in 2010 was quoted as saying “Geography graduates are attracted to industries with increasing numbers of vacancies” & “Studying geography arms graduates with a mix of skills employers want to see”

On average 40% of our students choose to study Geography at AS/A Level with 50% of our A Level students annually continuing with their studies of Geography and Geography related subjects at Degree Level. Most of these candidates go on to attain at least 2:1 status. Notable past students include Dr Lorna Linch who have gone on to complete PhD studies within the field of Periglacial Geography (now lecturing at Brighton) and Sarah Nancollas – Chief Executive of the charity Lepra.

Skills/competencies developed: Transferable Skills including:

  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Independent Researching Skills
  • Team working in a variety of roles,
  • Time Management Skills,
  • Cartographic, Graphical, ICT and Statistical Skills,
  • Decision Making Skills,
  • Holistic overviewing and Disaster Management Skills,
  • Geographic Perspective Skills – Spatial, Environmental and Sense of Place

By the end of the course students will have been supported in developing their Literacy, ICT and Numeracy Skills through the course of the various modules delivered.

 

Year Group

Areas of Study

10

Eduqas Specification A

Theme 2: Rural Urban Links: An investigation of population change and how this influences rural and urban landscapes

Theme 4: Coastal Hazards and their Management – A Study of how we manage vulnerable coastlines given to issues posed by climate change

11

Eduqas Specification A

Theme 5: Weather, Climate and Ecosystems: A study of past and present climates and how these influence and impact on selected ecosystems including tropical rainforests and coral reefs

Theme 6: Development and Resource Issues – An investigation of how global inequalities have developed over time and their regional economic development of selected countries including the UK

Theme 8: Environmental Challenges – A study of how current consumerism is affecting the environment, including the issues of plastics in our oceans and technology recycling schemes