Geography – what’s it all about? Is it right for you? Geography is It’s a dynamic subject, constantly changing and is about the world around you Geography Investigates the earth and its people - provides you with snapshots of different landscapes and communities.
It covers a wide range of topics it is this diversity of issues that ensure that the subject remains topical and gives greater understanding of world affairs
This is a new specification which we have started already with year 9. I’m excited by the new topics that we will be covering and the syllabus is really topical an relevant. The new syllabus has an equal balance of physical and human geography which is welcome Some aspects build on what has been covered in KS3, other topics are new. The syllabus can be viewed on the AQA website.
Pupils will build on existing knowledge of rivers and plate tectonics gained at KS3 and there is also overlap with the rocks and landscapes and plate tectonics to science. Pupils will have done some work on ecosystems in KS3 with Tropical rainforests Coastal, erosion, deposition and management is a new topic for both KS3 and KS4 Glaciation is a new topic Other topics include ecosystems, rocks and landscape
This is very relevant Population issues, birth rate, death rates, the impact of changing populations, ageing populations, one child policy, migration Changing towns and cities, different urban zones, the need for redevelopment of places like the Bull Ring, Gas Street Basin, what is happening in inner cities, growth of suburbs, And with the growth of suburbs, the pressures on the rural urban fringe The pressures on farming to produce food for increasing populations and to meet changing demands Globalisation – why do large multinational companies locate across the globe – what are the benefits, what are the costs, rising importance of China as a leading economic power Interdependence Development – why is there such a gap between LEDCs and MEDCs, What is meant by sustainability?
Assessment at G.C.S.E Three components of the exam – Two written exams one physical and one human Geography, candidates will have a choice of questions and will complete three on each paper. Enquiry: the fieldwork will be completed during the summer of Yr 10 and is then the controlled assessment will be completed during lesson time. Examples of exam papers are on desks. You can see that they are straightforward. No long written essays They are well structured: One word answers, Sentence, Short paragraph – worth 5 – 7 marks Q based on diagrams or graphs, photos or cartoons, satellite images. These will be testing a range of skills. There will be a mapwork question somewhere in the exam.
Geography is a good subject to study because it bridges the gap between science and arts Geography topics include pure science – natural history, the environment, social issues, international politics and economics – something for everybody! Geography is regarded as a useful and worthwhile qualification - Skills developed in Geography are transferable to other subjects: photo analysis, map work numerical skills – various types of graphs, Literacy skills,
Or it reaches the places other subjects cannot reach! Any questions?
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Could GCSE Geography be the right direction for you ?
The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains why, and helps to prepare you for those changes. Geography tackles the big issues: • environmental responsibility • our global interdependence • cultural understanding and tolerance • commerce, trade and industry. Geographical study fosters these qualities and provides a firm basis for life-long learning. The transferable skills which geography fosters are an asset in the complex world of employment today. Geography is about the future and encourages flexible thinking.
Unit 1 Physical geography Water on the Land: River valleys Flooding and flood management Water supply issues The coastal zone: Distinctive landforms Consequences of rising sea level Coastal management Coastal habitat and conflicts Ice on the Land: Glacial budget Distinctive glacial landforms Tourism in glaciated areas The Restless Earth: Earth’s structure, plate margins Volcanic hazards Supervolcanoes Earthquake hazards Tsunamis Challenge of weather and climate: UK characteristics Depressions and anticyclones Global climate change Tropical storms
Unit 2 human geography Population change: Population structures Consequences of rapid growth Impact of an ageing population Migration – causes and consequences Changing urban environments: Functions and land uses Need for planning Rapid urbanisation and industrialisation effects Characteristics of a sustainable city The Development Gap: Contrasts in development Physical and human factors that influence development Ways to reduce global inequalities Inequalities within the E.U Pressures on rural urban fringe: Social and economic changes in Lake District Sustainability Human influences on commercial farming in East Anglia Change and conflict in tropical and subtropical rural areas
Globalisation: The development of manufacturing and services across the globe The demand for energy Sustainable development Global demands for food Tourism: Global growth of tourism – reasons, economic significance, impacts Effective management in UK Consequences of mass tourism Sustainable tourism – ecotourism
HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED? <ul><li>Your final grade in Geography will be based on:- </li></ul><ul><li>2 final written exams – one paper based on physical geography and the other on human geography (each worth 37.5%)) You will have a choice of 7 questions on paper 1 and need to answer three of them. On paper 2 you will have a choice of 6 and need to answer 3. </li></ul><ul><li>Two tiers of Exam entry are available: </li></ul><ul><li>Higher: Grades A* to D </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation: Grades C to G </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled assessment – 25% 6 hour write up under direct supervision in school </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009 91.3% of Geographers at Tudor Grange achieved </li></ul><ul><li>A* - C and 58.7% secured an A* / A grade </li></ul>
GCSE Geography <ul><li>What useful life skills will I acquire? </li></ul><ul><li>Team work </li></ul><ul><li>Creative thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Independent enquiry skills </li></ul><ul><li>How to solve problems and justify decisions made – essential for most jobs and careers </li></ul><ul><li>How to collect and interpret data through fieldwork. </li></ul><ul><li>Using secondary data to find out about different peoples, cultures & environments – research and filtering skills </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective, analytical skills and communication skills </li></ul>Geography helps to develop broadminded and capable independent learners who are better equipped to cope with life’s challenges.
. Geography brings together all other subjects combines a knowledge of science and an understanding of the arts.. geography will give you an oversight that no other subject can give. It therefore combines well with any GCSE subject. • make a concise report • handle data • ask questions and find answers • make decisions about an issue • analyse material • organise themselves • think creatively and independently • good communicators • spatially aware • socially, economically and environmentally aware • problem solvers • good team players • computer literate • well rounded, flexible thinkers Will geography be useful?
Nationally, Geography has one of the best graduate employment records in the country! Compared to other subjects, geography graduates are among the most employable. They possess the skills that employers look for. Is geography a good choice in terms of getting a job? The answer is a resounding YES!
Care about the planet? Estate Manager Forestry Ranger Environmental Consultant Pollution Analyst Conservation Officer Discover new places! Travel Agent Tourism Officer Eco-Tourism Advisor Tour Guide Media Researcher Enjoy being in the landscape? Hydrologist Coastal Manager Geologist Civil Engineer Soil Conservationist Interested in Weather? Weather Presenter Disaster Manager Flood Prevention Officer Risk Assessor Water Supply Coordinator
Fascinated by maps? GIS Specialist Cartographer Utilities Manager Remote Sensing Analyst Interested in human behaviour? Planner Social Worker Market Researcher Housing Officer Estate Agent Want to know why people work where they do? Economic Developer Location Analyst Retailer Regional Developer Transport Manager Interested in world events? Aid Worker Diplomat Refugee Advisor Charity Coordinator
Interested in Further Education? - PGCE (teaching qualification). -MSc (e.g. environmental assessment, land management, pollution and environmental control, information systems engineering, oceanography, meteorology, rural resource management). - MA (e.g. cultural geography, society space, international business, town planning). - PhD (e.g. glaciology, geography of finance, quaternary environmental change, geography of health care).
‘ Geography is the subject that holds the key to our planet’ (Michael Palin) A girl cycles through floodwaters in Stratford Upon-Avon, central England. (Reuters: Darren Staples) source Without GEOGRAPHY … you’re nowhere!