There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one the most relevant courses you could chose to study. Geographers are also highly employable.
Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society
The study of Geography at KS3 and KS4 will allow you to investigate the earth and its people. You will study a range of diverse features of the earth such as coastal areas, urban environments, natural hazards, extreme environments, mountains, rivers and seas. You will become an expert at map reading, problem solving, creative thinking, data collection and the use of ICT. You will equally develop your teamwork as well as your independent enquiry skills and acquire an in-depth understanding of current events from the local to the national and global level. You will gain an understanding of the cultures and backgrounds of people globally. In short, geography is up-to-date and relevant as well as an exciting and valuable adventure!
At Key Stage 2 students follow the Edexcel B syllabus which offers a wide range of topics which are outlined below. More details can be found by clicking the link below.
This unit will give you a sound understanding of important physical processes such as geological processes, ecosystems, the atmosphere and climate, and the hydrological cycle. These topics are interlinked and although you may study them separtely the unit is designed to show you how physical geography combines to create a 'life support system' for the planet.
This unit focuses on human geography. In a similar way to Unit 1, it links together to build an overall understanding of human geography. You will study how populations grow and change, and where people live and work, and how the exploit and use resources. Within Units 1 and 2 you wil aslo study some topics in more depth such as rivers or coasts, cities or the countyside, development or economic geography and oceans or extreme climates.
This unit is a decision-making exercise, where you study a specific topic, such as Antarctica, in detail. This is designed to teach you how to make decisions about a specific topic, based on the evidence studied.
This will involve undertaking research, carrying out fieldwork and then writing it up. The research and fieldwork can be undertaken out of class, but the writing up will all be in class time.
The exam papers for these units are resource based. You will have maps, photographs and diagrams to help you answer the questions. Questions will range from short questions to larger extended writing questions. Higher and Foundation examination papers are available.
Making Geographical Decisions, is a decision-making exercise based on pre-release resources. These will consist of a colour resource booklet on a geographical issue or location. Your teacher can work with you on the resources in relation to environmental issues and sustainability. Higher and Foundation examination papers are available.
Researching Geography is the controlled assessment (coursework) unit. You will complete fieldwork and data collection for this unit, and analyse and write up your results in class.
At Crayford we believe it is essential to allow pupils the opportunity to learn outside the classroom. By conducting fieldwork and investigations, along with relevant curriculum based trips we hope to develop geographers that can enquire and investigate the world around them building the skills needed at KS4 and beyond.
As part of Unit 4 students are expected to undertake a geographical investigation, this involves pupils doing a practical fieldwork investigation and writing up their findings in a 2000 word report. This year pupils investigated the River Tillingbourne and had a great time investigating the characteristics of the River Tillingbourne near Dorking.
The Federation offers an International Geography fieldtrip each year exclusively for students who are taking Geography at KS4 and beyond. Destinations have included Iceland and Italy.
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF