The Geography Department is committed to delivering a high quality curriculum, involving a wide range of teaching and learning styles. We believe in broadening our student’s horizons believe in the value of fieldwork, and creating positive learning experiences which enable students to achieve their full potential.
Key Stage Three
Here a wide range of geographical topics are covered, and a wide range of skills are developed. The students are given homework projects to complete which provide the students to research in detail, and learn independently. One of the highlights of the course is the fieldtrip to Castleton and Speedwell Caverns in the Peak District National Park.
The following topics are covered in the Year 7 course:
- My Places
- Geographical Skills
- National Parks.
Year 9 is a bridging year for Geography students. The main focus is based on developing skills that they will need at GCSE. Some content of the GCSE course may be included in the units which are taught in this year. The students cover a wide range of topics including geology, sustainability and topical issues such as windfarms. The students develop a wide range of skills including discussion work, presentation skills; debating skills and mapwork. etc.
At GCSE the students follow the OCR B syllabus. The four key themes covered in this specification are:
- Theme1: Rivers and Coasts
- Theme 2: Population and Settlement
- Theme 3: Natural Hazards
- Theme 4 Economic Development
The course investigates the main challenges that the world faces, and looks at how the world can develop sustainably. The course features a field trip to the Yorkshire coast. The forms of assessment are:
- Unit B561Sustainable Decision Making Exercise. This is assessed by an examination which includes a separate resource booklet; it is worth 25% of the qualification and is based on one of the four themes listed above.
- Unit B562 Geographical Enquiry. This is assessed by a controlled assessment based on data collected by fieldwork; it is worth 25% of the qualification.
- Unit B563 Key Geographical Themes. This is assessed by an examination and is worth 50% of the qualification and is based on three of the four themes listed above.
A Level Geography
At A Level the AQA Geography course is delivered. The course is due to change in the near future, however at the moment the course is delivered as follows.
- Unit 1 – GEOG1, Physical and Human Geography. It is assessed by an examination and the topics studied are: Rivers, floods and management; Population change; Coastal environments and Energy issues.
- Unit 2 – GEOG2, Geographical Skills. This is 30% of AS and 15% of A Level. It is assessed by an examination and tests the students’ abilities to interpret data and their geographical skills. Half of the examination is based on the investigation that has been completed as part of the course. The data is collected on a three day residential trip to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
- Unit 3 – GEOG3, Contemporary Geographical Issues It is assessed by an examination and the topics studied are: World cities; Development and globalisation; Plate tectonics and associated hazards.
- Unit 4 – GEOG4B, Geographical Issue Evaluation. It is assessed by an examination an advance information booklet is pre-released prior to the exam to facilitate candidates’ research into an area covered by the specification.
At Key Stage 3 our course is based around the National Curriculum. In Year 7 we study a brief topic ‘What is History?’ which is based around key skills in the subject such as chronology, interpretation and examining source material. We then study the topic ‘Medieval Realms’, which includes studying the events of 1066 and different aspects of medieval life. Students then study key events including the Reformation, the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War.
In Year 8 we study the topic ‘The Making of the Modern World’, which includes studying the British Empire and the impact of this with a depth study of the Transatlantic slave trade. We also look at the Suffragette Movement in Britain, the World Wars and the Holocaust.
Year 9 is a bridging year for students in the History department. Here students develop the skills that they will need at GCSE. The students begin learning the topics studied at GCSE, with an emphasis on building study and revision skills necessary.
GCSE History (Edexcel Option B, Schools History Project)
At GCSE the students follow the Edexcel History B syllabus. The topics we study are; Medicine and Treatment, The Transformation of Surgery 1845-1918, The American West 1840-1895 and Northern Ireland 1960–present. The course develops historical skills necessary for the assessment element, to which are three examinations worth 75% of the GCSE and three controlled assessment tasks worth 25% of the GCSE. The course also involves a trip to Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds to revise the Medicine and Treatment and Transformation of Surgery topics.
AS/A2 History (Edexcel 8HI01 and 9HI01)
Students study the Edexcel Specification. At AS level a breadth study of ‘Russia 1881-1953’ is covered, along with a British History unit ‘The Changing Position of Women and the Suffrage Question’. There are two external examinations at the end of Year 12.
At A2 we study 20th Century Europe ‘From Kaiser to Führer – Germany 1900-1915’ and a world study ‘The USA from Reconstruction to Civil Rights’. Historical skills are developed through the study of this course. This is assessed by coursework (The USA from Reconstruction to Civil Rights) and an external examination at the end of Year 13 (From Kaiser to Führer.)
The following topics are covered in the Year 7 course:
- RE: Festivals; Places of Worship; Islam
The following topics are covered in the Year 8 course.
- RE: Multiculturalism/Racism; Jesus; Environment.
The OCR-A Religious Studies – World Religions course is offered to the students at Key Stage 4. The religions which are studied are Christianity and Judaism.
Religious Studies AS/A2. Students study the Religious Studies & Philosophy OCR Specification H172 & H572. At AS the students study- arguments for the existence of God and Greek/Christian Influences on philosophy and First Century Judaism & the death of Jesus. At A2 the students study: issues relating to life and death; miracles and religious experience; Christian ethics & Jesus’ teaching and miracles.