Contact name: Mrs M Ward
Who's who: (list of staff) Include areas of responsibility e.g. 2nd in Department
Mrs. M Ward Head of Department
Mrs. E Ross Geography tutor/Assistant Director Post 16 Pastoral
Mrs H Matterson Geography Tutor
Mr A Barnett Geography Tutor/Assistant Director Post 16
Details of KS3:
KS 3 Taught in mixed ability groups in Years 7 and 8
Subject Coverage Year 7:
- Do we care about the food we eat? (Farming Issues)
- Going Places (Map Skills)
- Rivers & Flooding
- The Geography of my Stuff
- Fieldwork Enquiry
Subject Coverage Year 8:
- Who wants to be a Billionaire?
- Hazards (Volcanoes and Earthquakes)
Details of KS4: Students follow Edexcel Specification A.
Unit 1: Geographical Skills / Challenges for the Planet
Unit 2: The Natural Environment: Coastal Landscapes / A Wasteful World
Unit 3: The Human Environment: A Tourist’s World / Population Change
Unit 4: Investigating Geography: Controlled Assessment
Units 1-3 are exam based.
Unit 4 The Controlled Assessment is fieldwork written up under controlled conditions following a field trip to Grassington, N. Yorks in June of Year 10.
Each unit constitutes 25% of the final grade.
Achievement in GCSE Geography is high with 93% of students achieved A*-C grades in 2011 and 50% achieved A*-A grades.
Details of KS5: Students follow Edexcel Specification B.
AS Course Content:
G1: Changing Physical Environments: Investigating Climate Change / Tectonic and Hydrological Change
G2: Changing Human Environments: Investigating Population Change / Settlement Change
Each Unit is examined by a 1 ½ hour exam consisting of 3 structured questions with stimulus material, one of which tests research / field work.
Each of the 2 units is worth 100 UMS marks.
A2 Course Content:
G3: Contemporary Themes and Research in Geography:
Extreme Environments; Desert & Tundra
Emerging Asia; India
Examined by a 1 ½ hour exam.
Research Enquiry taken from 1 of 10 themes set by the exam board.
Examined by a 45 minute exam.
G3 is worth 120 UMS marks.
G4: Sustainablility: Food Supply, Water Supply, Energy & Cities
Examined by a 1 3/4 hour exam using pre-released material
G4 is worth 80 UMS marks.
Achievement in AS Geography is high with 60% of AS students achieving A/B grades in 2011, 100% A - E grades, ALPS rating 1, Value added +8.5
Achievement in A Level Geography is high with 63% A* - B grades, 100% achieving A-E grades. Value Added +1.5