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Main Aims


The Geography department enables its students to:

  • Explore and examine the local and contrasting environments and the human impact upon them.
  • Explore concepts of causation, continuity and change within physical and human environments.
  • Understand how natural events can impact on physical and human environments.
  • Analyse and interpret a wide range of secondary sources e.g. maps and photographs.
  • Use a variety of methods to present geographical information, including graphs, field sketches and ICT.
  • Compare countries in the developed and developing worlds.
  • Explore the concept of sustainability at a local, regional and global scale.
  • Discuss a range of environmental issues such as the depletion of resources and climate change.
  • Engage in a range of fieldwork activities.

 

Staff


  • Mrs Fiona Curran (HOD)
  • Mrs Andrea Allen

 

Useful Websites


 

 


Key Stage 3

In each year group a broad and balance curriculum of physical and human geography is provided:

 Year 8  Year 9  Year 10
 Map Skills  Difficult Environments  Fragile Ecosystems
 Settlement  Economic Activities, Farming & Food  Rivers/Floods
 Weather & Climate  Population  Plate Tectonics
 Geography of Crime  Resources & Energy  Sport - Playing Fair
   Geography in the News  Development

 

 


GCSE

We follow the CCEA Specification which consists of two written externally assessed examinations (37.5% each) and controlled assessment (worth 25% of the total marks). One examination is at the end of Year 11; the other at the end of Year 12. In preparation for the controlled assessment we complete the fieldwork in May. The written elements are completed following this into the second term of Year 12.

   Assessment  Weighting of GCSE
 Unit 2 - Year 11 
 Living in Our World

 Wednesday 8th June 2016

 1:30pm - 3:00pm

 37.5%
 Unit 1 - Year 12
 Understanding Our Natural World
 Tuesday 24th May  37.5%
 Unit 3 - Controlled Assessment
 Year 11-12
   25%

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification/Website -

www.ccea.org.uk/microsites/geography

Students will cover the following topics in Year 11 in preparation for the examination paper:

 Topic  Timing
 People and Where they live  September - October
 Contrasts in World Development  October - January
 Managing Our Resources  January - March
 Map Skills  March - April

 

Assessment

Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. There will be regular topic tests throughout the course.

 

Resources

gcsegeo gcsegeo1

 

 


AS Level

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two externally assessed written examinations. Fieldwork will be undertaken and assessed as part of the written papers. 


The structure of the AS course is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting 
 AS 1 - Physical Geography
 (including fieldwork)

 Written Paper:

 Thursday, 9th June 2016
 (1hr 30mins) 
 50% of AS
 AS 2 - Human Geography
 (including skills and techniques) 

 Written Paper:

 Thursday, 16th June 2016
 (1hr 30mins) 
 50% of AS 

 

The table below shows the outline of the AS Geography course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's:

 Topics  Teaching Time

AS Module One

1. The ecosystem as an open system
2. Plant succession and fieldwork
3. Human interaction with ecosystems

4. Drainage basin systems
5. River processes and landforms
6. Human interaction with the fluvial environment

7. Atmospheric processes
8. Mid –latitude weather systems
9. Extreme weather events

 September

 October

 Nov - Dec

AS Module 2

1.Population data and structure
2.Population and resources

3.Challenges for rural environments
4.Planning and issues in the rural environments
5. Challenges for the urban environment

6.The nature and measurement of development
7.Issues of development (Colonialism, neo-colonialism,
  globalisation, trade, aid and debt)
8.Skills and techniques in geography
9.Revision and further focus on examination technique

 January

 February

 March

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the CCEA Specification - 

www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/geography/gce/index.asp

 

Resources

Students will be provided with the CCEA AS Geography textbook and supplementary materials will be provided throughout the AS course. Students will undertake fieldwork at Murlough Bay, Co. Down in early November 2015.

asgeo asgeo1

 

Assessment

Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 


A2 Level

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two externally assessed written examinations. Fieldwork will be undertaken and assessed as part of the written papers in unit 1. 


The structure of the A2 course is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting 
 A2 1 - Human geography
 and Global issues

 Written Paper:

 Tuesday, 17th May 2016
 (1hr 30mins) 
 50% of A2
 A2 2 - Physical Geography &
 Decision Making

 Written Paper:

 Thursday, 26th May 2016
 (2hr 30mins) 
 50% of A2

 

The table below shows the outline of the A2 Geography course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's:

 Topics  Teaching Time

A2 Module One – Human Geography and Global Issues

1. Natural population change
2. Migration causes, streams and impacts
3. Population policies

4. Sustainable development
5. Urban land use and planning in relation to sustainability
6. Traffic and transport

7. Issues in tourism
8. Fieldwork investigation

 September

 October

 Nov - Dec

A2 Module 2 – Physical geography and Decision-Making

1.Human demands on fluvial and coastal environments
2. River basin management strategies
3. Coastal processes, features and management

4.Plate tectonics and resulting landforms
5. Volcanic activity and its management
6.Earthquake activity and its management

7. The Decision-Making Exercise

9. Revision and further focus on examination technique

 January - February

 March - April

 On-going

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the CCEA Specification - 

www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/geography/gce/index.asp

 

Resources

Students will be provided with the CCEA A2 Geography textbook and supplementary materials will be provided throughout the A2 course.

a2geo  a2geo1

 

Assessment

Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 


 

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