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WELCOME TO GEOGRAPHY

AQA

Geography at Bitterne Park is exciting, challenging and fun. It is the subject that crosses all borders between the arts and the sciences, providing timeless skills and opportunities later in life. Our planet is there to be questioned, understood and explored and we endeavour to create an environment where all styles of learner are keen to know more.

KS3

Geography aims to capture the imagination of each pupil through a diverse topic menu. It is an excellent foundation for those wishing to continue geography at GCSE level and a great rounding experience for those who do not. We employ a range of teaching and learning techniques to make geography accessible and interesting to all learners. Our teaching units are as follows:

Y7

Autumn: Passport to the World

Spring: Threatened World

Summer: Diverse ecological World

Y8

Autumn: Wild Weather World

Spring: Industrial World

Summer: Water World

Y9

Autumn: Growing world

Spring: Dangerous & Risky World

Summer: Frozen world & Coasts

Year 10 & 11 (KS4) Geographers

For pupils who have an interest in their world KS4 geography is the ideal toolkit to open it up and have a look. Whether thinking about a specific career on the back of geography, or just looking for a good ‘all-rounder’ subject that continues to develop transferable skills, pupils will find that this subject keeps doors open.

Three written examinations contribute to 100% of marks. Paper 1 and 2 will look solely at content and case study material. Paper 3 will test fieldwork and geographical skills. Some examples of units which will be studied are as follows:

1. Physical Geography (35% of GCSE)

Hazards (tectonic and climatic)

Distinct landscapes (rivers/coasts)

Ecosystems (rainforest, cold environments)

2. Human Geography (35% OF GCSE)

Urban futures (population, world cities)

Changing economic world (development in LICs and HICs)

Resource reliance (water)

3. Geographical skills (30% OF GCSE)

Issue evaluation

Fieldwork skills (learnt and tested on fieldwork trips – there will be two compulsory trips. Human/physical)

Geographical skills (variety of graphs/GIS/statistics)

Year 12 & 13 (KS5) GEOGRAPHERS

We are passionate about Geography at Bitterne Park Sixth form college. It is a subject that is constantly changing and challenging our understandings of the interaction between mankind and the environment. The subject allows us to ask questions about why our planet is the way that it is, and the role we may play in shaping its future. Geography draws upon a wide range of skills including analysing and problem solving, interpreting information, explaining patterns and processes, evaluating and justifying decisions as well as proposing solutions to complex situations. Employers and Universities recognise the skills required to succeed in Geography and as such our Geographers have many opportunities open to them.

AS Geography

Unit 1: Physical Geography (50%)

Section A – Water and Carbon Cycles

Section B – Hazards

Unit 2: Human Geography (50%)

Section A – Changing Places

Section B – Geography fieldwork and geographical skills

Assessment will be 100% examination at AS

A Level Geography

This builds on units 1&2 at AS, and in addition includes:

Unit 1: Coastal Systems and landscapes (40%)

Unit 2: Global governance (40%)

Unit 3: Geographical Investigation (20%)

Assessment will be 80% examination and 20% comprising of a 4,000 word fieldwork investigation.

Life after A-Level Geography?

A real strength of A-Level Geographers, and one that Colleges recognise well, is their versatility and range of transferable skills. Throughout the course pupils will be researching and report writing, map reading and scene analysing, decision taking and justifying, persuading and concluding. All of these skills will open doors to a wide variety of future careers so whether you are looking to enter employment or further education the A-Level Geographer will have a distinct advantage over the competition.

Desired Entry Requirements

English language C grade at GCSE

Geography B grade at GCSE

TRIPS & EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Geography classrooms should come without walls. Whilst the advent of the internet and interactive whiteboards can bring the world into the classroom there is no substitute for experiencing the real thing. With this in mind we organise a geography field trip for each year group so that skills can be put to the test in the great outdoors. Our fieldtrips run as follows:

Y7

Why don’t rivers flow in straight lines?

Y8

Why don’t rivers flow in straight lines?

Y9

How sustainable is the Olympic Park?

Y10

How does out of town shopping cause conflict?

Y12

How do river characteristics change along the course of a river?

Y13

How are local ecosystems managed?

KS4

The Surf Trip

Staff

Mrs R Robertson (Head of Geography)

Mr P Smallman (Assistant head of Geography)

Mr D Sanders (Geography Teacher and Year 8 Pastoral manager)

Mr J Boyd (Geography Teacher)

Mr D Alborough (Geography Teacher)

Mrs J Brown (Part time Geography Teacher)