Geography: Mission statement
Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places the complex and dynamically changing world.
Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
Key Stage 3
Pupils follow a complete unit of geographical study equipping them to cope with the basic concepts of a world in which the physical, political and economic balance is constantly changing and adjusting. They will undertake enquiry-based decision-making and fieldwork techniques e.g. Year 7 Rochester settlement studies, Year 8 trip to Kew Gardens to study biomes including the Tropical Rainforest, Year 9 local river studies.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Geography follows the AQA A Syllabus. It is a modular course allowing pupils to take one examination at the end of Year 10 and one at the end of Year 11. In addition it involves practical fieldwork and a short investigation entered as a controlled assessment (coursework).
(a) Unit 1 – Physical Geography (this will be taken at the end of Year 11)
This will examine geographical skills and three physical topics including The Restless Earth (Tectonic Activity), Rocks Resources and Scenery, and The Coastal Zone, and is worth 37.5% of your final mark.
(b) Unit 2 - Human Geography (this will be taken at the end of Year 10)
This will examine geographical skills and three human topics, including Changing Urban Environments (Settlement), Globalisation, and Tourism, and is worth 37.5% of your final mark.
(c) Unit 3 – Local Fieldwork Investigation (Year 10/11)
Pupils will complete one piece of coursework, which will be based on urban fieldwork undertaken in Canterbury. This piece of coursework will be a ‘controlled assessment’ with some parts written in examination conditions, and other parts involving class work and homework time. Titles will be published by the examination board. It is worth 25% of
your final mark.
Key Stage 5
AS and A2 Geography at the Math will follow the Edexcel specification. This will build on what you have studied at GCSE maintaining the enquiry approach and a people-environment focus. It will incorporate a range of global themes and local issues across a range of physical and human topics, together with a research element.
Year 12 (AS Units)
Unit 1 – Global Challenges (30% – exam in June - 1 hour 30 minutes)
You will study the meaning, causes, impacts and management of global challenges, and how we can influence global challenges through our own lives.
Topic 1 – World at Risk.
You will look at a range of hazards from earthquakes and volcanoes to droughts, floods, cyclones and avalanches, and study how global trends in hazards such as these are changing. You will also look at reasons why some places are more vulnerable than others and link this to future global challenges such as climate change and the impacts of global warming.
Topic 2 – Going Global.
You will study globalisation and the connections between people and environments across the globe. There is a strong link to population migration and Political and Economic Geography including the role of TNCs in the global economy. The concept of interconnectivity and international migration within Europe and the consequences and challenges that this brings will be a key element.
Unit 2 – Geographical Investigations (20% – exam in January – 1 hour 15 minutes)
This unit allows you to investigate one Physical and one Human Geography topic in depth. You will be asked about your understanding of fieldwork skills and geographical enquiry sequence as part of this unit.
Topic 1 – Crowded Coasts (Physical Geography)
This topic will investigate in terms of environmental value a variety of coastal environments. Alongside undertaking fieldwork you will examine competing and conflicting land uses and the pressures from development. You will look at the risk to valuable coastlines of rapid erosion and coastal flooding. Conservation and management issues will be assessed and evaluated.
Topic 2 – Rebranding Places (Human Geography)
This topic will focus on a range of contrasting rural and urban areas, some characterised by wealth, opportunity and excitement, and others suffering from dereliction, deprivation and fighting to survive. You will investigate alongside undertaking fieldwork how places can be re-imaged and rebranded by flagship schemes and community projects to provide a more prosperous future.
Year 13 (A2 Units)
Unit 3 – Contested Planet (30% – exam in June – 2 hours 30 minutes)
In this unit you will consider five key world issues and in the sixth topic discuss possible technological solutions to the problems.
- Energy Security
- Water Conflicts
- Biodiversity Under Threat
- Superpower Geographies
- Bridging the Development Gap
- The Technological Fix?
The examination will consist of some essay writing, and questions on some pre-released resources.
Unit 4 – Geographical Research (20% – exam in January – 1 hour 30 minutes)
This unit will allow you to develop further investigative skills in one topic area and prepare you for the demands of higher education or employment.
Click here to find out what is being studied and when, in our Curriculum Topics section.