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Geography

Geography is about exploring and understanding both the natural and human world we live in. It covers a broad range of themes and topics, always looking at how our actions interact with and thus change and shape the planet we call home.

At LPGS "In Geography we expect every student to progress"

At GCSE we study EdExcel B GCSE Geography and at A-level we study EdExcel GCE Geography.

All students studying from GCSE upwards will have the opportunity to engage with fieldwork. These include local day trips to Brighton and London, UK based residentials to Dorset and abroad trips to places such as Iceland, Naples and Barcelona.

In Year 7 we will be exploring natural and human processes of change and how they shape the planet we live on. Topics studied in Year 7 and Year 8 help build a sense of global wonder before your daughter starts the GCSE programme of study in Year 9.

All students will start the GCSE in Year 9 and have the option to continue it through in Year 10 and Year 11 to complete the qualification. All students achieving a Grade 6 or higher at GCSE are eligible and encouraged to study further on to A-level. At A-level students will have a Grade 6 GCSE in Geography or another humanities based subject.

The GCSE and A-level programs of study focus on data response skills, research for extended writing and the development of skills in communication, presentations, group work, geographic fieldwork and ICT.

Geography is a rigorous and wide ranging academic discipline drawing on many aspects of the sciences, economics, mathematics, and sociology. Data collection/response and interpretation is an integral part of our work and the student learns how to hypothesise on, and to evaluate key management issues.

The subject lends itself to any career involving decision-making, for instance engineering, the civil service, and tourism. It is also an excellent course for preparation for Higher Education or a direct move into employment because of its contemporary and holistic nature and its practical emphasis on decision-making and research.

Key Stage 3

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7

Map Skills

UK

Europe

Africa

Asia

South America

World Tour

Polar Environments

Desert Environments

Year 8

Biomes and Rainforest

Rivers and Flooding

Population

Resource Pressures

Globalisation

Tourism

Year 9

Edexcel B GCSE Unit 1

Tectonics

Climate Change

Edexcel B GCSE Unit 1

Tropical Storms

Global Development

Edexcel B GCSE Unit 1 + 2

Emerging India

UK Coasts

 

Key Stage 4: GCSE Geography

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year 10

Edexcel B GCSE Unit 1 + 2

Urbanising World

UK Rivers and Geology

 

Edexcel B GCSE Unit 2

UK living spaces - Urban and Rural

Fieldwork Studies - Coasts

Edexcel B GCSE Unit 2 + 3

Fieldwork Studies - Urban areas

Global Energy issues

 

Year 11

Edexcel B GCSE Unit 3

People and Biosphere

Forests at risk - Rainforests and the Taiga

Edexcel B GCSE

Map ad graph skills unit

Revision unit 1

Edexcel B GCSE

Revision unit 2 followed by public examinations

 

 

Key Stage 5: A Level Geography

Description of Course

Geography is about exploring and understanding both the natural and human world we live in. It covers a broad range of themes and topics, always looking at how our actions interact with and thus change and shape the planet we call home.

At LPGS "In Geography we expect every student to progress".

All students studying the course must have the opportunity to engage with fieldwork. To account for this we have a broad range of experience at LPGS, these include: 

  • local day trips and university lecture days.
  • UK residential fieldwork to play such as Swanage, Dorset.
  • Fieldwork abroad to locations such as Iceland and the Bay of Naples, Italy.

Topics of study in the specification include:

  • Tectonics and Hazards
  • Coastal Landscapes and change
  • The water cycle and issues of global water insecurity
  • The carbon cycle and issues of global energy security
  • Globalisation
  • Diverse Places
  • Super power geographies
  • Global development issues and connections

When students reach Year 13 they undertake coursework based on their own experiences of fieldwork and around an optional area of study. Areas of study to choose from include:

  • Option 1: Tectonic processes and Hazards
  • Option 2: Glaciated landscapes and change
  • Option 3: Coastal landscapes and change
  • Option 4: The water cycle and issues of global water insecurity
  • Option 5: The carbon cycle and issues of global energy security
  • Option 6: Regenerating places
  • Option 7: Diverse places
  • Option 8: Health Human rights and Intervention
  • Option 9: Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
  • Option 10: Sustainability issues

 

Key Skills Development

The A-Level program of study focuses on data response skills, research for extended writing and the development of skills in communication, presentations, group work, geographic fieldwork and ICT.

 

Entry Qualifications

Grade 6 or above in Geography or History and students must have a grade 6 or above in English, Maths and Science.

 

Method of Assessment

Paper 1: Written examination 2 hours and 15 mins

  • 30% of qualification
  • 105 marks

Paper 2: Written examination 2 hours and 15 mins

  • 30% of qualification
  • 105 marks

Paper 3: Written examination: 2 hours and 15 mins

  • 20% of qualification
  • 70 marks

Coursework: Independent Investigation - Non-examined assessment

  • 20% of qualification
  • 70 marks

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

Geography is viewed as an academically rigorous and wide ranging discipline. It draws on many aspects of the sciences, economics, mathematics, politics and sociology. Data collection/response and interpretation is an integral part of our work and the students develop skills in planning and evaluating key management issues.

The subject lends itself to any career involving management and decision-making, for instance engineering, the civil service and tourism. It is also an excellent course for preparation for Higher Education or a direct move into employment because of its contemporary and holistic nature and its emphasis on research based learning.

 

Contact Name Mr J Lutz (Head of Geography)

jlutz@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

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