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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School

Geography

General Subject Statement: 

We believe that students should have the geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare them to make responsible and rational decisions as global citizens. Our curriculum supports students to develop a critical understanding of the world and how we interact with it and its environments.  We are privileged to be teaching in a geographically rich location and as such our curriculum thrives off this. Through teaching and learning we aim to broaden our students’ horizons in terms of scope and access to cultures and cultural understandings from around the world. We achieve this through both in and outside the classroom learning which inspires a passion and enthusiasm for Geography, but also a life-long love of learning.  

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 & 9 

Subject statement: At geography at KS3 students learn key geographical skills that will underpin their learning. They study map skills, graphs skills and use of resources. The aim is to build on students' presentation, analytical and evaluation skills. Students will be introduced to the tectonics, development, globalisation, climate change, glaciation, rainforests, coastal processes, and the carbon cycle. We build on classroom teaching with fieldwork trips as much as possible and aim to take KS3 to both the Eden project and Paignton Zoo. 

Links to useful websites 

KS4 – Years 10-11 

Subject statement:   

Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include a variety of biomes and climates, climate change, improving deprivation, global shifts in globalisation and economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes and the core theme of social, economic and environmental sustainability runs throughout the course. We also aim to take students on a variety of different urban and rural fieldtrips over the two years including to a city, the coast and a moorland. This is usually in conjunction with them completing their own fieldwork project which is assessed as part of paper 3. 

Exam information: 3 exams 

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment 

Paper 3: Geographical applications 

Exam board: AQA GCSE Geography. 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035  

Links to useful websites:  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc  

https://www.internetgeography.net/aqa-gcse-geography/  

KS5 – Years 12-13 

The Edexcel A Level offers an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change. The specification content gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners.  

Exam information: 3 exams and 1 piece of coursework 

Paper 1 (30%): Tectonic Processes and Hazards, Coastal Landscapes and Change, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security 

Paper 2 (30%): Globalisation, Regenerating Places, Superpowers, Migration, Identity and Sovereignty 

Paper 3 (20%): The specification contains three synoptic themes within the compulsory1 content areas:  

● Players 

● Attitudes and actions 

● Futures and uncertainties.  

The synoptic investigation will be based on a geographical issue within a place-based context that links to the three synoptic themes and is rooted in two or more of the compulsory content areas. 

NEA: student choice (20% coursework)  

Exam board: Edexcel Geography 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/geography-2016.html  

Please see our Post-16 website for further details: https://post16.coombedean.co.uk/post-16-courses-2/