Geography

Introduction

Geography is part of the wider Humanities Faculty which includes History and RE. The department consists of 5 specialist teachers who are enthusiastic about teaching Geography at all Key Stages and Environmental Science at KS4. Exam results at GCSE, AS and A2 for geography have been consistently very good and well above the national average.

Teaching & Learning

The department uses a wide range of teaching and learning techniques to stimulate students’ curiosity about their surroundings and increase their knowledge and understanding of the changing world. Students are encouraged to ask questions and propose solutions to environmental problems, develop their competency in specific geographical skills and foster a sense of responsibility for the earth and its resources.

Facilities

The department has three fully equipped Geography rooms, all with interactive whiteboards, computer/internet access with wi-fi. Rooms are displayed with student work and geographical resources to create a rich and stimulating environment in which to learn.

Enrichment

To reinforce geographical learning the department run a number of fieldtrips. These include a Key Stage 3 trip to the Seven Sisters Country Park, GCSE fieldtrip to the Sussex Coast, an Environmental Science trip to Wilderness Wood, AS Geography river studies trip and A2 fieldwork on Pevensey Levels.

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for Geography on pathway 8 – click here
Learning outcomes for Geography on pathway 7 – click here
Learning outcomes for Geography on pathway 6 – click here
Learning outcomes for Geography on pathway 5 – click here
Learning outcomes for Geography on pathway 4 – click here
Learning outcomes for Geography on pathway 3 – click here
Learning outcomes for Geography on pathway 2 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
7
  • Comparing – Locating places, regions of the world, atlas skills, Uganda.
  • East Sussex – Urbanisation and population
  • India – Physical geography of Asia, economic development and impact on urbanisation, impacts of tourism as an economic activity.
  • Weather and Climate, Climate Change – Features of weather, measuring weather, climatic patterns, impact of weather events. Historic climate change, man-made climate change.
  • Impossible Places – How people change the landscape – research skills/ enquiry.
  • Water Landscapes – Rivers, coasts and glaciation.
National Curriculum KS3 Mr M Enser – menser@heathfieldcc.co.uk
8
  • Plate Tectonics – Plate movement, geological timescales, cause, effect and response to natural
    disasters.
  • China – Physical geography and regional variations, impacts of rapid development – economic sectors.
  • East Africa – Economic activity, development, globalisation – commodities.
  • Adventure landscapes – How we use landscapes, how landscapes are created, rock type and erosion, South Downs, soils.
  • Sustainable development – Resource use, ecological footprints, energy in the UK. Pollution in China.
  • Decision making – Local planning issue.
National Curriculum KS3
9

AQA GCSE Geography

  • Geographical skills
  • Mapping festivals
  • South Wales – changing industry
  • Brazil – Olympics and development
  • Haiti – Natural disasters
  • Resource management
  • Water Resources

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE Mr M Enser – menser@heathfieldcc.co.uk
10

AQA GCSE Geography

  • Plate tectonics
  • Urbanisation
  • Rivers and coasts
  • Fieldwork

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE
11

AQA GCSE Geography

  • Coasts
  • Ecosystems
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Hot Deserts
  • Economics and Development

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE
12

OCR GCE Geography

  • Coasts
  • Natural Hazards
  • Changing Places Making Spaces
  • Geographical Skills

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE AS Level & Year 1 GCE A Level Mr M Enser – menser@heathfieldcc.co.uk
13

OCR GCE Geography

  • Disease Dilemmas
  • Global Connections
  • Earth’s Life Support Systems
  • Independent Investigation

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 2