Geography

Key Stage 3:

Geography is currently offered in year 7 and will expand into year 8 and year 9 as the school grows over the coming years.

In year 7 students are delivered a curriculum that aims to inspire and educate students in modern and traditional concepts of Geography allowing students to investigate, interpret and inquire about different ideas and theories. Year 7 Geography covers topics such as:

  • Map skills
  • Human and Physical features of the world
  • Current world issues
  • Rivers
  • South America

GCSE:

NUAST offers the AQA (9-1) GCSE in Geography. Study of this course will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop:

  • Communication skills
  • Graphical and cartographical skills
  • Technological skills including ICT and GIS
  • Interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills and awareness of career possibilities.

Within the course students will cover topics on:

  • Natural Hazards and Climate Change
  • Ecosystems
  • UK Physical Environment
  • Urban challenges and issues
  • The changing Economic world
  • Resource security

Students will also complete two compulsory fieldwork experiences in contrasting locations which encompass both Human and Physical Geography.

Exam Structure:

Paper 1: Physical Geography - 1 hour 30 minutes - worth 37.5%

Paper 2: Human Geography - 1 hour 30 minutes - worth 37.5%

Paper 3: Fieldwork and skills - 1 hour 15 minutes - worth 25%

A LEvel:

NUAST also offers the AQA Linear A Level specification for sixth form.

The course covers many elements of Geography:

  • Physical Geography - Hazards, Glaciers or Coasts, Water and carbon cycles
  • Human Geography - Changing urban environments, Changing places, Global Governance
  • Geography Fieldwork Investigation – Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.

Exam Structure:

  • Component 1: Physical Geography - 2 hours 30 minutes - worth 40%
  • Component 2: Human Geography - 2 hours 30 minutes - worth 40%
  • Component 3: Geography Fieldwork Investigation – 3,000-4,000 words - worth 20%

Links:

Key Stage 3:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zrw76sg

GCSE:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035/specification-at-a-glance

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc

A Level:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037/specification-at-a-glance

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