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Geography

KEYSTAGE 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Year 7

Students will explore a diverse range of traditional geographical topics through a variety media, techniques and processes.
They will produce both 2D and 3D outcomes using direct observation based on primary and secondary sources.

Students will have the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively resulting in a series of visually exciting studies.

Year 8

Students continue to add to their knowledge and skills through further traditional geographical topics whilst building on their geographical skills gained through their year 7 studies.

Students will continue to have the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively by working on longer themed projects developing their work with influences using digital media.
Students will be encouraged to think more independently in the decisions they are making regarding their projects.

Year 9

Student further their knowledge and skills through further traditional topics whilst emphasis is placed on developing geographical skills and techniques and learning to learn which will be essential when students study at GCSE level.

Students will have further opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively by working on longer themed projects developing their work with influences using digital media.
Students will be further encouraged to think more independently in the decisions they are making regarding their projects.

GCSE (Years 10, 11)

Do you enjoy learning about the earth as a dynamic planet, constantly changing? Are you interested in people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment and what affect they have on the planet? Are you keen to develop a wide range of skills? Do you want to take a GCSE that will make you highly employable in the future? If you answered yes to any of these questions then Geography is the best choice for you at GCSE.

Geography is a highly respected subject by the best universities. It also helps you into the world of work – graduates who have a degree in Geography are more likely to have a graduate level job. Geography is up-to-date and relevant, as well as exciting and adventurous. Geography helps us to make sense of the rapidly changing world around us.

The Course:

Your exams are taken at the end of year 11 and you have three exams and one piece of controlled assessment:

  • Unit 1: Dynamic planet—25%
  • Unit 2: People and the planet- 25%
  • Unit 3: Development and Problem Solving Geography—25%
  • Unit 4: Controlled Assessment – 25%

Assessment:

  • In year 10 and 11 you carry out mid topic and end of topic tests using past GCSE questions
  • There is a compulsory fieldtrip in year 10 studying a river in Epping Forest to carry out research and data collection for your controlled assessment. (usually carried out between June and July of year 10)

Future pathways

Many Geographers choose careers in; Law, Banking, Accountancy, Marketing, Media, Management, Human Resources, Information Technology and many more.

A background in Geography is an excellent entry point to many specialist careers such as; Conservation, Environmental Consultancy, Tourism, Development, Land and Water Management, Town and Transport Planning.