The Geography department strives to promote, foster and encourage pupils’ interest, knowledge, understanding and participation in the nature and understanding of Geography. The department also places great emphasis on developing students’ geographical skills.
The department aims to provide an enriching, positive and rewarding experience for all pupils and ensure that they achieve their full potential regardless of gender, culture, class, or ethnic origin; thereby, making Geography accessible to all using differentiation throughout its delivery to all Key Stages. The curriculum is in line with the national curriculum.
Key Stage 3
In year 7 students are introduced to the nature of Geography.
They develop their map work skills working on direction/compass points, scale and distance, grid references and showing height on maps. Students also study the UK and the wider world, settlement and urban morphology. Students undertake an investigation into Harlesden, its growth and changing demographics. They will also be introduced to river fluvial processes and their impact on the landscape.
In year 8 students are introduced to the topic of development. Students study how other less developed countries differ from the UK. During year 8 students also study weather and climate, and they conduct a microclimate investigation on the school site. Students will study Russia and its geo-political role and interactions. They will also be introduced to coastal fluvial processes and their impact on the landscape.
Students are assessed in lessons and in termly school assessments.
Key Stage 4
Students study the AQA syllabus.
In years 9 to 11 students begin with an overview of the key skills in Geography that are required at GCSE level. They learn physical geography topics ranging from plate tectonics (volcanoes and earthquakes) and ecosystems to rivers and coasts as well as human geography topics including urbanisation, development and resource management.
One of the highlights of the course is the fieldtrip to Devon where students collect data for use in the completion of their third exam paper.
AQA GCSE Geography assessment is comprised of 3 papers.
Paper 1: Living with the physical environment. Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes. 35% of GCSE
Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment. Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes. 35% of GCSE
Paper 3: Geographical applications. Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes. 30% of GCSE. Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam.
Key Stage 5
In years 12 and 13 students study the Edexcel A level syllabus. This includes study of climate change and global hazards as well as issues of urban and rural settlement, globalisation and superpowers. The fieldtrip to Devon in Year 12 allows students to gain the skills and understanding needed to carry out investigations in the field. Unlike GCSE there is formal coursework to complete, where students plan and complete a field-study investigation.
In Year 13 the A2 course includes preparation for a synoptic assessment. This is a linear exam where all exams take place at the end of year 13.
Paper 1: Assessment of Dynamic Landscapes and Physical Systems and Sustainability. Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes. 30% of A Level.
Paper 2: Assessment of Dynamic Places and Human Systems and Geopolitics. Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes. 30% of A Level.
Paper 3: Synoptic investigation of a contemporary geographical issue. Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes. 20% of A Level.
Coursework: Non-Examined Assessment. 20% of A Level.