Geography is an extremely popular GCSE option as it provides students with a broad range of practical and analytical skills that can be applied to everyday life and other subject areas such and English, Mathematics and the Sciences. All students will be given the opportunity to go on a week-long residential field course to rugged and beautiful Exmoor National Park, Somerset to develop Geographical skills and collect data for their Local Fieldwork Investigation.
We follow the AQA Specification for GCSE which offers a balanced study of both Human and Physical Geography. We are in the midst of changes to all of the GCSE specifications so that Year 11 Students follow the 2014 specification and our Year 9 and 10 students embarking on the brand new 2016 specification.
Year 11 students follow the outgoing AQA A specification. For Physical Geography (Unit One) students investigate Water on the Land, The Challenge of Weather and Climate and Restless Earth. For Human Geography (Unit Two) students study Population Change, Tourism and Urban Environments. In addition they embark on visit to collect primary data for their Controlled Assessment. In recent years we have visited Windsor and The New Forest National Park to investigate the impacts of tourism.
Year 9 and 10 students study the new AQA specification which has removed the need for Controlled Assessment and replaced it with an issue based and fieldwork paper. For Physical Geography (Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment) they will study Physical Landscapes (rivers and coasts) in the UK, Challenge of Natural Hazards and Living World. For Human Geography (Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment Geography) they will investigate The Changing Economic World, Urban Challenges and The Challenge of Resource Management. Additionally they will complete two field trips and use what they have learnt in addition to an advanced information booklet for the Geographical Application exam.
Year 9 students enjoying the sun on Bolton’s Bench, Near Lyndhurst, Hampshire
Year 10 students investigating the River Holford, Exmoor National Park during their residential visit.
Year 11 students taking a break from investigating the impact of tourism upon Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, New Forest National Park.