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Examination Board – AQA
The geography department’s aim is to broaden students’ minds and challenge their beliefs of the very changing world while gaining vital skills to transfer across the curriculum and into the wider community.
Students gain a holistic view of geography, developing skills that enable them to begin to understand the world around them. While doing this, students learn about case studies from around the world, such as remote locations like Antarctica and the Sahara Desert, in order to understand how climate change and our modern society has an impact on how sustainable the modern world is with our current attitudes. Students will begin to focus on exam techniques developing their skills to answer questions in preparation for moving to GCSE.
The GCSE specification has recently changed to have a focus on topics that are relevant to students and the changing world around them. The course has three examinations at the end of Year 11 and allows the students to spend two days out in the field exploring human and physical geography. Students will develop their understanding of physical topics both locally and globally, including natural hazards, global ecosystems and landscapes in the UK. Students will also study human topics including; urban change and sustainability, world economic development and resource management. The final examination focuses on geographical skills and application, understanding and interpreting data and the students’ understanding of their own fieldwork.