Geography

Geography


A qualification in Geography helps put our students on the path to becoming a subject specialist. It gives them skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age and delivers these valuable benefits:

  • A balance of theoretical and practical work, encouraging an active involvement in the subject.
  • An ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue Geography at A-Level or as a career.
  • An understanding of global geographical issues and how to apply this to a range of contexts.
     

Some Frequently Asked Questions

GCSE
What will I learn?   How will I be assessed?
What will I do?   What equipment do I need to be successful?
What is the expectation of homework?   What other opportunities exist outside class?
What support and guidance will I be given?   What does GCSE examination consist of?

A-Level
What will I learn?   Where will it take me?
What is the expectation of homework?   What other opportunities exist outside class?
How will I be assessed?   What equipment do I need to be successful?

What will I learn?

Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. There are a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards to name but a few. Geography will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our world.

There are so many ways of learning in geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer-based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques.

You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.

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What will I do?

All students study Geography 3 lessons a fortnight in Years 7 and 8. Student progress is checked regularly through 6-week units.

Developing in young people a knowledge and understanding of the place they live in, of other people and places and of how people and places inter-relate and interconnect.

Developing the skills needed to carry out geographical study, for example: map work and fieldwork.

Stimulating an interest in and encouraging an appreciation of, the world around us.

Developing concern for the world around us and an ability and willingness to take positive action, both locally and globally.

Year 7

Unit 1: Fantastic Places, An introduction to geography
Unit 2: Geographical Skills
Unit 3: Rivers and flooding
Unit 4: Geography of the UK
Unit 5: Our environment
Unit 6: Journey through Africa

Year 8

Unit 1: Tourism
Unit 2: Coastal environments 
Unit 3: Tectonic Hazards
Unit 4: Hazards Climatic
Unit 5: A Journey down under Australia
Unit 6: Conflict and Crime

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What is the expectation of homework?

All homework will be set during the first lesson of the week and is due in the last lesson of the week. This will give ample opportunity for learners to complete their homework and seek support if they are struggling with it.

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What support and guidance will I be given?

Our entire Maths curriculum is linked to the Maths Watch VLE, where you will have your own unique login to access it either in school or from home. This will be a key resource to support you in your learning of Maths at Magna. One lesson every 3 weeks will be dedicated to act upon the regular guidance that your teacher has given you, to ensure that you make ‘Outstanding’ progress in Maths. There will also be workshop sessions offered to all learners to attend after school, to gain additional support and new learning.

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How will I be assessed?

Throughout Year 7 to 11 learners will be assessed each half term using previous GCSE Past Papers, to help them understand the standard required and to give them practice sitting exam-style questions.

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What equipment do I need to be successful?

We expect all of the learners at Magna to attend their lessons with the correct equipment so that their learning is not affected. All learners should have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator (preferably Casio fx-85GT Plus).

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What other opportunities exist outside class?

Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom is a really important part of geography. Whether you go locally or get the chance to travel further away it will be a brilliant opportunity to experience some of the things you have learnt about in class, see things differently and of course have fun.

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What does GCSE examination consist of?

Unit B561: Sustainable Decision Making Exercise Written paper 25%
1 hour 30 minutes
40 marks
Learners answer all questions
 
Unit B562: Geographical Enquiry Controlled assessment 25%
60 marks
Fieldwork Focus uses the collection of primary data and the production of a report.
Learners complete a 2,000-word assessment under controlled conditions covering:
• Setting the scene
• Method(s) of data collection
• Data presentation and analysis
 
Unit B563: Key Geographical Themes Written paper 50%
1 hour 45 minutes
99 marks (9 SPaG marks)
This question paper has three sections.
Learners are required to answer all questions.
 

 

A Level Geography Learning at Magna

What will I learn?

Your A Level geography course will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject - how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help you become an independent thinker and learner. By the time you get to your exams, you will be able to show your understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate your answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.

Of course many A Level students do not yet have a clear idea of what kind of career they might want to pursue. If you are in this position, remember that  geography as an A level gives you the chance to keep your options open as it covers both arts and science components. It is quite likely that when you choose geography your classmates will all be doing different combinations of A Level subjects – this adds to the interest when it comes to discussions on issues as everyone will have very different ways of thinking and expressing their opinions.

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What is the expectation of homework?

Homework is set in to form of an Assignment and will be set during the first lesson of the week and due in the last lesson of the week. This will give ample opportunity for learners to complete their Assignments and seek support if they are struggling with it. The Assignments consists of key topic areas that you will be required to know for your exams. However they may not necessarily be topics that you have already learnt and you will be expected to carry out further independent learning to complete each assignment. This is in order to prepare you effectively for your next stage in education or employment.

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How will I be assessed?

Learners will be assessed each half term using previous Past Papers, to help them understand the standard required and to give them practice sitting exam-style questions. There is no better way to assess learners to see how they are progressing and to see what support they require to be successful.

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Where will it take me?

For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; How do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies?

If you are working towards a future course in medicine or veterinary medicine then geography is a good choice to give your A Level options the breadth that universities seek, as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports. 

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What other opportunities exist outside class?

You will learn in a wide variety of ways such as by using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, videos, podcasts, as well as attending lectures and study days. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and showing your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing.

Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, geography is an obvious choice.

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What equipment do I need to be successful?

We expect all of the learners at Magna to attend their lessons with the correct equipment so that their learning is not affected. All learners should have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator (preferably Casio fx-85GT Plus). They are also required to purchase the specified textbooks.

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