Aims of the subject
Studying geography opens our eyes to the events happening around us. We investigate physical processes to better understand landscapes and environments. We also consider the impact of human activities on our plant and how those activities can be better managed. Ultimately geography empowers us to make better decisions and have a positive impact upon our society and environment for a more sustainable future.
Courses/subjects on offer
At Key Stage 4 and 5 we follow:
A Level Geography (Edexcel)
Styles of teaching
The curriculum outlined below is designed to encourage achievement in all pupils of all abilities. The department believes pupils should enjoy geography and be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning styles. Through enjoyment of the subject they will be encouraged to aim for the highest standards in all that they do. The department seeks to promote geography as a dynamic and exciting subject.
Geography at Key Stage 3 contributes to a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all pupils.
We aim to give pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of topics throughout Key Stage 3 in the hope of fostering a passion and interest for geography and the world around them. Alongside this, pupils will develop a range of transferable skills that can be used in other areas of the curriculum.
What is Geography?
Weather & Climate
Jobs, Industry & Economy
During Year 7 we aim to teach mapwork skills, interpretation of photographs, drawing and interpretation of graphs and data. We also develop writing and decision making skills as well as independent study skills.
Water Cycle, Rivers & Flooding
Challenges in Africa
Climate Change & Future Earth
During Year 8 we continue to develop mapwork skills, interpretation of photographs, drawing and interpretation of graphs and data. We also develop writing and decision making skills as well as independent study skills.
Year 9 – start GCSE (New AQA 9-1 course)
Key Stage 4
Year 10 (New AQA 9-1 course)
Global Urban Change
Fieldwork (2 days)
Year 11 (New AQA 9-1 course)
Global Resource Management
Food & Water management
During Years 10 and 11 we continue to develop mapwork skills, interpretation of photographs, drawing and interpretation of graphs and data. We also develop writing and decision making skills as well as confidence with numeracy and statistical methods.
The course is assessed by 3 papers
- Paper 1: Living with the physical environment 1hour 30 minutes
- Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment 1 hour 30 minutes
- Paper 3: Geographical Applications 1 hour 15 minutes
Pupils opting to study Geography to GCSE level at The Ilfracombe Academy follow Edexcel.
Key Stage 5
The new Edexcel A Level Geography course involves the study of four units over two years.
Unit 1: Dynamic Landscapes
- Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards
Look at why some places are more at risk than others; in depth study of specific earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis; evaluate hazard management techniques.
- Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change – focus on Coasts
Look at distinctive coastal processes and link to the characteristic landforms they create; investigate the cause of sea level rise and evaluate the potential risks facing coastal areas; evaluate the success of coastal management strategies. (Includes fieldwork)
Unit 2: Dynamic Places
- Topic 3: Globalisation
Look at the changes in world trade over the last 50 years; consider the reasons for the rapid acceleration of global trade recently; investigate the impacts of globalisation on development issues, people and cultures.
- Topic 4: Shaping Places – focus on Urban Regeneration (includes fieldwork)
Consider social, economic and environmental aspects of our local area and compare to a contrasting area; consider what regeneration does and why it is needed in some places; investigate examples of regeneration and how it is managed.
Unit 3: Physical Systems and Sustainability
- Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Security
- Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Unit 4: Human Systems and Geopolitics
- Topic 7: Superpowers
- Topic 8: Global Development
Choice of researching into Health, Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.
A-level Geography is examined through a 3000-4000 word independent investigation carried end of Year 12/start of Year 13. And three 2hr 15 minute examinations at the end of Year 13.
For further information please contact the Geography subject leader:
Content updated September 2018