Geography

Course ID
A Level (Geography) and IGCSE (Geography)

Department introduction

The Geography Department at Wolverhampton Grammar School is based in the Merridale building.

Geography is an enjoyable subject, particularly when students discover the diversity of human and physical landscapes. The department works hard to ensure students develop a strong interest in both their immediate surroundings and the wider world and their place within it.

The Department consists of the following staff:

The curriculum develops key skills and knowledge in a number of fascinating areas including rivers and settlements, tectonics, weather and climate, world development and landscapes, coastal environments, pollution, energy, world tourism, urban landscapes, population and earth resources. The department uses IT and technology to ensure students get the most out of the curriculum and learning experience.

Field trips include river surveys, adventure landscapes and residentials including the annual Bude physical geography residential.

By September 2016 all Geography GCSE courses will follow new linear specifications, yet to be accredited by Ofqual. Until this happens, the Geography Department can only provide a draft course outline.

Specifications currently being considered are linear in nature and dynamic in content covering many of the thought provoking global issues that we face today and in the near future. Mr Baker, Head of Geography will in due course write to parents with the final details of the course, topics to be taught and a summary of the assessment. If you have any other concerns or questions regarding Geography at GCSE/IGCSE level then please email Mr Baker at tb@wgs-sch.net

Last year’s course specification is shown below as an example of what students cover at GCSE Geography.

Basic Course Outline

The department believes that Geography enables us to understand change, conflict and the key issues which impact on our lives today and will affect our futures tomorrow. It allows students to reflect on world, national and local issues and gives them the tools and opportunities to assess issues in a more informed and balanced way. It allows students to realise that every place has unique, wonderful processes that are responsible for its development.

What the student will learn

Dynamic world
  • Tectonic activity and hazards: students will learn all about plate tectonics looking at how Earth’s crust is unstable, especially at plate margins, gain an understating of how unique landforms occur at plate margins and how earthquakes and volcanoes can affect people and the environment.
  • Students will also study coastal environments looking at how the coastline is shaped and eroded and examining what features are formed, the effects of sea level rise on people and the environment, whilst also gaining an understanding of how we can protect ourselves from coastal erosion and flooding.
Global human issues
  • Contemporary population issues: students will learn all about how the world’s population has changed over time and how different countries have attempted to control the rates of growth of their populations.
  • In addition, students will examine the problems our country faces in terms of an increasing ageing population and the role migration is playing in terms of altering our population structure and size.
  • Contemporary tourism issues: students will learn about global tourism and how it has grown to become the largest industry in the world, whilst also gaining an understanding of mass tourism, extreme tourism and how attempts have been made to make tourism more sustainable.

How the student will be assessed

Assessment

Paper 1

Dynamic Physical World

Time

1 hour

 

About

  • 50 marks.
  • 30% of total marks.

 

Paper 2

Global Human Issues

 

1 hour

 

  • 50 marks.

  • 30% of total marks.

Paper 3

Application of Geographical Skills and Decision Making

 

1 hour and 30 minutes

 

  • 70 marks.
  • 40% of total marks.

A Level Geography is a challenging and dynamic course which stretches and engages students in a variety of topics including Earth Life Support Systems, Global Migration and Global Governance.

With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study.

Whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality –
Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.

Assessment

Paper 01.

  • Physical systems – Landscape systems and Earth’s Life support Systems with Geographical skills integrated.
  • 1 hour 30mins.
  • 22% of total A Level

Paper 02.

  • Human Interactions – Changing Spaces; Making Places and Global Connections with Geographical Skills integrated.
  • 1 hour 30 mins.
  • 22% of total A Level

Paper 03.

  • Geographical debates – Two from Climate change, Disease Dilemmas, Exploring Oceans, Future of Food or Hazardous Earth.
  • 2 Hours 30 mins.
  • 36% of total A Level

Paper 04.

  • Independent Investigation.
  • 20% of total A Level course

What Two Things a Potential Geographer Needs:

  • an intrinsic interest in people and the environment that surrounds them and how it changes;
  • a good track record in Geography so far – all the current Sixth Form geographers have at least a grade B at GCSE.

Geography is a popular, varied subject that many students enjoy at Sixth Form Level. Universities are happy to have students with Geography as one of their A level subjects.

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