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Mrs C Cooper (Head of Department) ccooper@conyers.org.uk
Mrs A O’Boyle aoboyle@conyers.org.uk
Mr S Pickering spickering@conyers.org.uk
Mr R Scott rscott@conyers.org.uk

Please select the links below to view further information about the Geography department. The assessment programme explains how and what the students will be assessed on, along with information on how to prepare.

  • Key Stage 4
  • A Level Geography
  • Year 7 Assessment
  • Year 8 Assessment
  • Year 9 Assessment
  • Year 10 Assessment
  • Year 11 Assessment
  • Year 12 Assessment
  • Year 13 Assessment

GCSE Geography

Introduction

GCSE Geography studies key issues in both the human and natural environment. At GCSE, we study a broad mix of topics, combining both the human and physical elements of the course. In addition, we offer a range of fieldwork trips. Geography helps you to keep career options open as it is regarded as being both an arts and science subject, with many links to other GCSE courses, avoiding the problems of over-specialisation up to and beyond advanced level courses. Conyers Geography students have been incredibly successful and really enjoy the course. Last year, 85% of our students got grades 9-4 and 36% achieved grades 9-7.

Skills

The skills you learn in Geography can be used with other subjects and also help prepare you for employment. These include :

  • Developing essay skills/extended writing
  • Developing skills to help with analysis and presentation of data
  • Developing leadership skills and group work
  • Reading a map.

What can I do with Geography?

We get it, not everyone wants to be a Geography teacher, but the GCSE course can provide you with so much more. Common careers a Geographer can do include Teaching, Law, Journalism, Armed Forces, Emergency Services, Town Planning, Tourism or Aviation, Accountancy, Marketing and Business, Engineering, Architecture, Social Work, Disaster Management, Environmental Research, Medicine (yes, former Geographers have gone to study Medicine!).

Course structure

We study a balanced mix of human and physical geography topics, along with geographical skills and issue evaluation. These include:

  • Human Geography: Urban Issues and Challenges, Changing Economic World and Resource Management
  • Physical Geography – Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes, Natural Hazards and the Living World

Fieldwork requirement: Students must complete a minimum of two fieldwork experiences, at Conyers we offer three as we feel fieldwork is a vital part of Geography. There is no coursework requirement. You will go on the following trips:

  • Redcar – Coastal Management
  • Newcastle – Urban Change and Migration
  • North York Moors – River Landscapes (you will need your wellies!)

A Level Geography

Exam Board: AQA

What is Geography?

Geography is the parent of all subjects! It is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments, quite simply, about the world in which we live. So the issues we study are relevant to you and your future. Geography is one of the most diverse subjects you can study. Your A Level Geography course will cover both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It links to science through Physical Geography, the arts through Human Geography and maths through statistics. What’s more, the skills you learn through Geography are on the top of any employer’s tick list. It really is the perfect subject to give you flexibility and diversity! We are surrounded by this subject, to the extent that it is difficult to find a news story that has no connection to this Geography specification, therefore the subject is one of the few that is concerned with the present and the future. So if you want an informed opinion about current issues from global warming to the pensions crisis, the Israeli Palestinian conflict to the future of the NHS; this is the subject for you!

What our students say…

A recent survey completed amongst our students produced the following results:

  • 100% are happy with the course
  • 100% are happy and understand the theories and concepts covered at A-level.
  • 100% are happy with the quality of teaching
  • 100% are happy with the topics covered
  • 100% feel challenged by the course

How do we compare Nationally?

Conyers School Geography department has a proven track record in securing the very best results for our students;

  • In 2016 78% of our students left with an A*/A/B
  • Over 50% went on to study Geography at university.

The structure of the course

The beauty of Geography at A-Level is that it is contemporary and studies the real issues facing real people. We follow AQA A-level Geography, it includes:

Human Geography

  • Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Changing Places
  • Global Systems of Governance

Physical Geography

  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Natural Hazards (Wildfires, Tropical Storms etc)

Skills and Fieldwork Fieldwork

Opportunities at A-Level Fieldwork lies at the heart of Geography and we recognise the importance of learning in the field. Previous examples of fieldwork opportunities have included:

  • NEW FOR 2017 – Potential International Visit
  • Residential to Manchester looking at Urban Resurgence
  • A river study in the North York Moors
  • A study of coastal management along the Holderness Coastline
  • A study of psammosere succession at Redcar
  • A study of urban deprivation in Middlesbrough

As a department we have invested in ArcGIS, an industry recognised piece of software used by both industry and academia. Using GIS will give you the analytical skills that any employer or university will value!

What next?

Geography was recognised as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group, a collection of the finest universities in the country. Studying A Level Geography can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following;

  • Environmental Science, Geology, Industrial Management, Energy, Meteorology, Earth Science, Geophysics Oceanography, Physical Science, Engineering, Surveying, Hydrology.
  • Retail and Industrial Management, Commerce, Banking, Insurance, Housing, Town and Country Planning, Travel, Tourism, Journalism, Transport, Accountancy, Marketing, Systems Analysis, Development Planning, Information Technology, Geographical Information Systems.
  • Architecture, Landscape Design, Cartography, Surveying, Graphic Design.
  • Environmental Health, Catering Recreational and Institutional Management, Agriculture, Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Soil Science.
  • Social work, Retail and Personnel Management, Accountancy, Housing, Law.

Year 7 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Baseline Assessment (teacher assessed) Purpose:  To outline the level/depth/range of concept based understanding and skills discrete to Geography which Year 7’s are beginning their Key Stage 3 with.  AO2 – Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills No revision necessary, skills based assessment No specific prior knowledge needed

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 1: (teacher verbal feedback) Group challenge to assess students ability to apply mapping techniques to unfamiliar contexts. (45 mins & extra time where applicable)  AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to

  • Measuring height on a map
  • Measuring distance on a map using both the straight line and actual distance method.
  • 4 and 6 figure grid references
  • Ordnance Survey Map Symbols
  • Direction and Scale

Useful websites for extra detail:

  1. www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z6j6fg8/revision
  2. gcsegeorevision.jimdo.com/map-skills/
  3. www.toothillschool.co.uk/data/files/tiertests/jan/geog_y7_mapskills.pdf

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 2: (teacher assessed) Short answer questions based around the topic of Settlement (45 mins & extra time where applicable) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to

  • The different types of settlement and land use models (Burgess and Hoyt)
  • The reasons for the development of Yarm as a town.
  • Problems in towns and cities and solutions to these problems
  • Life in Shanty Towns: Opportunities and Challenges

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. geography.parkfieldprimary.com/the-united-kingdom/settlement-patterns
  2. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/ urban_environments/urban_models_medcs_rev1.shtml
  3. news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/world/06/dharavi_slum/html/dharavi_slum_intro.stm
  4. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/urban_environments/urbanisation_medcs_rev2.shtml 

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 3: (teacher verbal feedback/peer assessment) Enquiry – ‘Rivers: Friend or Foe?’ (written answer) Presentation in class (student led) Students are to provide a presentation, in any format, on the title above. AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to

  • How rivers ‘work’ and how water is moved through a cycle
  • The formation of various landforms at different stages (waterfall, meanders)
  • The causes of flooding
  • Bangladesh Flood, 2004 – Causes, Impacts and Response.

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z8qtfg8
  2. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography/physical_processes/rivers_flooding/revision/3/
  3. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography/physical_processes/rivers_flooding/revision/9/
  4. www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAkz1AVZY_Y

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 4: (teacher assessed piece) Short answer questions based around the topic of Weather and Climate (45 mins & extra time where applicable) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to

  • The Climate Zones of the World
  • Measuring the Weather
  • Causes of Rainfall
  • Extreme Weather
  • Micrcoclimates Fieldwork

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-guide/climate/zones
  2. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography/physical_processes/weather_climate/revision/3/
  3. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography/physical_processes/weather_climate/revision/8/
  4. weatherclimateeducation.weebly.com/micro-climates.html

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
End of Year 7 Exam (teacher assessed) End of Year final exam – ALL TOPICS ASSESSED (45 mins & extra time where applicable) WEEK BEGINNING 4TH JUNE 2018 AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to

  • There will be questions from all units of work from Year 7 including the following key ideas/areas:
    • Settlement
    • Power of Water
    • Weather and Climate

There will be dedicated inbuilt time for ‘revision’ and ‘revision skills’ in the weeks running up to the final end of year exams. Students are issued with specific revision areas and advice from their teacher about how best to prepare and approach the questions.

Year 8 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 1: (teacher verbal feedback/peer assessed piece) Enquiry – ‘Is Africa a land of opportunity or despair?’ Students can present a response to the above in any shape or format. AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • Food Supply Issues and solutions
  • The physical geography of Africa
  • Resource Extraction (Oil, Water, Diamonds) – is it more trouble than its worth?
  • Misconceptions of Africa in the Media and the Future of Africa.

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/14/somalia-piracy-key-facts
  2. time.com/blood-diamonds/
  3. news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_6290000/newsid_6291300/6291375.stm
  4. www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/jun/30/the-africa-the-media-never-shows-you-in-pictures
  5. www.wateraid.org/uk/what-we-do

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 2: (teacher assessed) Short answer questions based around the topic of Industry and the Environment (45 mins & extra time where applicable) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills
  1. Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to:
  • The types of industry and where they are found
  • The changing industry of the North East (Industrial decline in Redcar)
  • Environmental Impacts of Industry, including a case study of Bhopal
  • Environmental Pressure Groups
  1. Useful websites/clips for extra detail:
  2. revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/geography/industry/different-types-industry
  3. www.gazettelive.co.uk/business/business-news/impact-redcar-steelworks-closure-uk-11317024
  4. news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/3/newsid_2698000/2698709.stm
  5. www.greenpeace.org.uk/what-we-do/

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 3: (teacher verbal feedback given) Group Task: Earthquake Disaster Management45 Minute Scenario Based Task AO2 – Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • Causes of Earthquakes
  • Impacts of Earthquakes
  • Responding to Earthquakes and the effectiveness of response

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.redcross.org.uk/en/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Teaching-packages/Natural-disasters-earthquakes
  2. www.dec.org.uk/article/nepal-earthquake-appeal-one-year-on
  3. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/natural_hazards/earthquakes_rev1.shtml

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 4: (teacher assessed) Short answer questions based around the topic of Ecosystems and Hot Deserts (45 mins & extra time where applicable) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • World biomes and characteristics
  • The tropical rainforest, climate and vegetation
  • Causes and consequences of deforestation.
  • Opportunities and challenges of living in hot desert environments.

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/ecosystems/tropical_rainforests_rev4.shtml
  2. www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/rforesta.html
  3. www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html
  4. www.coolgeography.co.uk/gcsen/GCSE_LW_Hot_Desert_Opportunities_Challenges.php

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 5: (teacher verbal feedback/peer assessed piece) Enquiry – ‘Do TNC’s create more harm than good?’ Presentation in class (student led)  AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • Indicators of Development and causes of poverty
  • Unfair trade
  • Debt relief and Aid
  • The impacts of TNC activity

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/intermediate2/modern_studies/equality_in_society_wealth_health_uk/poverty_causes_consequences/revision/1/
  2. www.worldvision.com.au/docs/default-source/school-resources/what-are-the-different-types-of-aid-(updated).pdf?sfvrsn=0
  3. https://prezi.com/59nfaorxee2g/case-study-apple-foxconn/
  4. www.coolgeography.co.uk/GCSE/Year11/EconomicGeog/Industry/TNCs/advantages_and_disadvantages%20TNC.htm

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
End of Year 8 Exam (teacher assessed) End of Year final exam(45 mins & extra time where applicable)WEEK BEGINNING 21ST MAY 2018 AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • There will be questions from all units of work from Y8 including the following key ideas/areas:
    • Introducing Africa
    • Industry and the Environment
    • Earthquakes
    • Ecosystems and Hot Deserts
    • Development and TNCs

There will be dedicated inbuilt time for ‘revision’ and ‘revision skills’ in the weeks running up to the final end of year exams. Students are issues with specific revision areas and advice from their teacher about how best to prepare and approach the questions.

Year 9 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 1: (teacher assessed) Short answer questions based around the topic of Volcanoes (45 mins & extra time where applicable) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills  Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • Causes of Volcanoes
  • Impacts and Responses to Eyjafjallajokull (Iceland one)
  • The benefits of living in a volcanic zone Supervolcanoes

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.coolgeography.co.uk/A-level/AQA/Year%2013/Plate%20Tectonics/Volcanoes/MEDC%20case%20study.htm
  2. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/geography/physical_processes/plate_tectonics/revision/3/
  3. www.geography-site.co.uk/pages/physical/earth/volcanoes/volcanoliving.html
  4. https://handygeography.wordpress.com/gcse/the-restless-earth-revision-materials/supervolcanoes-case-study-yellowstone/

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 2: (teacher verbal feedback/peer assessed piece) Enquiry: Should TNC’s be more strictly regulated in global health activity? Debate in class (student led) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • How are Geography and Health Linked?
  • Patterns of Obesity and impact on society
  • HIV/AIDS distribution and impacts
  • The role of TNCs (BAT)
  • Global Pharmaceuticals (GSK)

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. http://joeblakey.com/geography/big-pharma-tnc-glaxosmithkleine/
  2. https://geographyatmanor.wikispaces.com/Tobacco+TNC
  3. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldbRXAOiwWs
  4. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/intermediate2/geography/environmental_interactions/development_and_health/revision/7/
  5. https://fullfact.org/news/how-much-does-obesity-cost-nhs/

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 3: (teacher assessed) Short answer questions based around the topic of Contemporary Conflicts (45 mins & extra time where applicable) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • The Geographical Basis of Conflict
  • Local Conflict – Kirklevington
  • National Conflict – SNP
  • International Conflict – Afghanistan
  • Conflict resolution.

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/property/plans-145-new-houses-kirklevington-12088223
  2. www.theguardian.com/politics/scottish-independence-essential-guide
  3. https://garsidej.wordpress.com/a2-geography/contemporary-conflict-and-challenges/the-geographical-impact-of-international-conflict/

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment 4: (teacher assessed) Enquiry – ‘Climate change: who are the winners and losers?’ Presentation in class (student led) AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • What is climate change and why do we have it?
  • Is climate change a myth or reality?
  • Who pays the biggest price for climate change?
  • How do we manage climate change for the future?

Useful websites/clips for extra detail:

  1. www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z3bbb9q/revision
  2. www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zj8hfg8
  3. www.coolgeography.co.uk/A-level/AQA/Year%2013/Weather%20and%20climate/Climate%20Change/Global%20Warming%20evidence.htm
  4. www.gcsegeography.co.uk/dynamic-planet/changing-climate
  5. https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/negotiations/paris_en

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
End of Key Stage Exam (2 years) (teacher assessed) End of Key Stage 3 final exam (45 mins & extra time where applicable) WEEK BEGINNING 11th JUNE 2018 AO1 Knowledge and Understanding AO2 Application of Knowledge AO3 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise books) and resources on iPad in relation to:

  • There will be questions from across the units of work from Y8 and Y9 and the class teacher will provide a comprehensive list of topics that will be asked in the exam. These topics can be from over the last 2 years of key stage three study.

There will be dedicated inbuilt time for ‘revision’ and ‘revision skills’ in the weeks running up to the final end of year exams. Students are issues with specific revision areas and advice from their teacher about how best to prepare and approach the questions.

 

 

Year 10 Assessment

Please make reference to the GCSE Specification when considering the key areas to revise. http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/specifications/AQA-8035-SP-2016.PDF

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment (teacher assessed) Urban Issues and Challenges Mid-Unit Assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • Urban change in cities in the UK leads to a variety of social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges.
  • Urban sustainability requires management of resources and transport.

See page 18 of the specification for further information.

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) Urban Issues and Challenges End of Unit Assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • Urban growth creates opportunities and challenges for cities in LICs and NEEs
  • Geographical Fieldwork

See page 17 and 24-25 of the specification for further information.

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) The Living World Mid Unit Assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • Ecosystems exist at a range of scales and involve the interaction between biotic and abiotic components.
  • Tropical rainforest ecosystems have a range of distinctive characteristics.
  • Deforestation has economic and environmental impacts.
  • Tropical rainforests need to be managed to be sustainable.

See page 12 and 13 of the specification for further information.

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) The Living World End of Unit Assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • Cold environments (polar and tundra) have a range of distinctive characteristics.
  • Development of cold environments creates opportunities and challenges.
  • Cold environments are at risk from economic development.

See page 13 and 14 of the specification for further information.

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) River Landscapes in the UK mid-unit assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • The shape of river valleys changes as rivers flow downstream.
  • Distinctive fluvial landforms result from different physical processes.
  • Different management strategies can be used to protect river landscapes from the effects of flooding.

See page 15 of the specification for further information.

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Y10 Trial Exam (teacher assessed) AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Review class notes (exercise book/s) and resources on iPad in relation to – There will be questions from all units of work studied for the GCSE so far including the following key ideas/areas:

  • Coastal Landscapes in the UK
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Living World
  • River Landscapes in the UK

There will be dedicated inbuilt time for ‘revision’ and ‘revision skills’ in the weeks running up to the final end of year exams. Students are issued with specific revision areas and advice from their teacher about how best to prepare and approach the questions.

Year 11 Assessment

Please make reference to the GCSE Specification when considering the key areas to revise. http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/specifications/AQA-8035-SP-2016.PDF

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) *Within first 2 weeks back Geographical Fieldwork Assessments AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • Devising a suitable question for geographical enquiry
  • Selecting, measuring and recording data appropriate to the chosen enquiry
  • Selecting appropriate ways of processing and presenting fieldwork data
  • Describing, analysing and explaining fieldwork data
  • Reaching conclusions
  • Evaluation of geographical enquiry

See page 24-25 of the specification for further information.

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) The Changing Economic World End of Unit Assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • There are global variations in economic development and quality of life.
  • Various strategies exist for reducing the global development gap.
  • Some LICs and NEEs are experiencing rapid economic development which leads to significant social, environmental and cultural change.
  • Major changes in the economy of the UK have affected, and will continue to affect, employment patterns and regional growth.

See page 19-20 of the specification for further information.

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) The Challenge of Natural Hazards Mid Unit Assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills
  • Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):
  • Natural hazards pose major risks to people and property.
  • Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are the result of physical processes.
  • The effects of, and responses to, a tectonic hazard vary between areas of contrasting levels of wealth.
  • Management can reduce the effects of a tectonic hazard.

See page 10-11 of the specification for further information.

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) The Challenge of Natural Hazards End of Unit Assessment AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Assessment will focus on the specification key idea(s):

  • Global atmospheric circulation helps to determine patterns of weather and climate.
  • Tropical storms (hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons) develop as a result of particular physical conditions.
  • Tropical storms have significant effects on people and the environment.
  • The UK is affected by a number of weather hazards.
  • Extreme weather events in the UK have impacts on human activity.
  • Climate change is the result of natural and human factors, and has a range of effects.
  • Managing climate change involves both mitigation (reducing causes) and adaptation (responding to change)

See page 11-12 of the specification for further information.

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) No formal assessment – Revision period begins…. Not applicable. This half term will be dedicated to revising key topic areas with students before preparing them for the Pre-Release Material that forms part of Paper 3. Students will not sit any end of unit examinations, rather they will be spending time going over PEQ’s in class which will be assessed through routine marking.

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: (teacher assessed) AO1 & Knowledge of places, locations and environments at different scales. AO2 Geographical understanding key concepts in a variety of environments at different scales. AO3 Application of Geographical Knowledge AO4 Geographical Skills Students will spend this half term preparing for the unseen synoptic material which will be examined in Paper 3 on. The department will devise a mock examination for students to complete. As this component is still unknown, we are unable to provide specific information as to what the students need to prepare for.

Students on Study Leave for final linear exams – AQA – June

A Level Geography Assessment Programme

You are advised to use the AQA A-Level Specification in conjunction with this document. It can be accessed at: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/specifications/AQA-7037-SP-2016.PDF Year 1 of Study – Year 12 (Contemporary Urban Environments, Changing Places, Coastal Landscapes and Water and Carbon Cycles)

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: Mid unit test on Contemporary Urban Environments and Water and Carbon Cycles. AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Students are advised to use their notes/google drive to revise around the following key areas of the specification which could be examined:

  • 3.2.3.1 – Urbanisation
  • 3.2.3.2 – Urban Forms
  • 3.2.3.3 – Social and Economic Issues associated with Urbanisation

NB: Page 24 of the specification will provide further information.

  • 3.1.1.1 – Water and Carbon as natural systems
  • 3.1.1.2 – The Water Cycle
  • 3.1.1.3 – The Carbon Cycle
  • 3.1.1.4 – Water, Carbon and Life on Earth

NB: Page 10-11 of the specification will provide further information.

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: End of unit test on Contemporary Urban Environments and Water and Carbon Cycles. AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Students are advised to use their notes/google drive to revise around the following key areas of the specification which could be examined:

  • 3.2.3.4 – Urban Climate
  • 3.2.3.5 – Urban Drainage
  • 3.2.3.6 – Urban Waste and its disposal
  • 3.2.3.7 – Other Contemporary Environmental Issues
  • 3.2.3.8 – Sustainable Urban Development

NB: Page 24-25 of the specification will provide further information.

  • 3.1.1.5 – Quantitative and Qualitative Skills 3.1.1.6 – Case Studies at contrasting scales

NB: Page 11 of the specification will provide further information.

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: Mid unit test on Changing Places and Coasts AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Students are advised to use their notes/google drive to revise around the following key areas of the specification which could be examined:

  • 3.2.2.1 – The Nature and Importance of Places
  • 3.2.2.2 – Changing Places: relationships, connections, meanings and representations.
  • The above have a focus on Middlesbrough

NB: Page 22 and 23 of the specification will provide further information.

  • 3.1.3.1 – Coasts as natural systems
  • 3.1.3.2 – Systems and processes
  • 3.1.3.3 – Coastal Landscape development

NB: Page 13 of the specification will provide further information.

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: End of unit test on Changing Places and Coasts AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Students are advised to use their notes/google drive to revise around the following key areas of the specification which could be examined:

  • 3.2.2.2 – Changing Places: relationships, connections, meanings and representations.
  • 3.2.2.3 – Quantitative and Qualitative Place Skills
  • The above in relation to Great Missenden

NB: Page 22 and 23 of the specification will provide further information.

  • 3.1.3.4 – Coastal Management
  • 3.1.3.6 – Case Studies of different coastal settings

NB: Page 14 of the specification will provide further information.

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: End of Year Exams AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Students are advised to use their notes/google drive to revise around the following key areas of the specification which could be examined:

  • Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Changing Places
  • Water and Carbon Cycles
  • Coasts

Students will be prepared for the exam through additional revision sessions on an evening and during holidays. Special lessons will be created to aid with exam revision.

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Non Examined Assessment (NEA) NEA – 3000-4000 words Independent enquiry Teacher Assessed AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Page 30 of the specification titled Non-Examined Assessment onwards will provide clarification. A dedicated Google Drive folder will be shared with students at an appropriate time. Please note there is limited support available for students as this is an individual piece of coursework worth 20% of the final A-Level Grade.

A Level Geography Assessment Programme

You are advised to use the AQA A-Level Specification in conjunction with this document. It can be accessed at: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/specifications/AQA-7037-SP-2016.PDF Year 2 of Study – Year 13 (Global Systems & Global Governance and Hazards)

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: Mid unit assessment on Global systems and Global Governance and Hazards AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Students are advised to use their notes/google drive to revise around the following key areas of the specification which could be examined:

  • 3.2.1.1 Globalisation
  • 3.2.1.6 Critiques of Globalisation
  • 3.2.1.2 Global Systems
  • 3.2.1.3 International Access to Trade Markets

NB: Page 20 of the specification will provide further information.

  • 3.1.5.1 The Concept of a Hazard in Geography
  • 3.1.5.2 Plate tectonics
  • 3.1.5.3 Volcanic Hazards
  • 3.1.5.4 Seismic Hazards

NB: Page 16 of the specification will provide further information.

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Assessment: End of unit assessment on Global systems and Global Governance and Hazards AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills Students are advised to use their notes/google drive to revise around the following key areas of the specification which could be examined:

  • 3.2.1.4 Global Governance
  • 3.2.1.5 The Global Commons
  • 3.2.1.5.1 Antarctica as a Global Common

NB: Page 21 of the specification will provide further information.

  • 3.1.5.5 Storm Hazards
  • 3.1.5.6 Fires in Nature
  • 3.1.5.7 Case Studies and Skills

NB: Page 21-22 of the specification will provide further information.

Term 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
No formal assessments this term AO1 – Understanding of places, concepts processes and interactions at a variety of scales. AO2 – Application, Analysis and Evaluation of Geographical Concepts. AO3 – Geographical Skills This half term will be dedicated to revising key topic areas with students before preparing them for the Pre-Release Material that forms part of Paper 3. Students will not sit any end of unit examinations, rather they will be spending time going over PEQ’s in class which will be assessed through routine marking. Students are required to revise the following topics for the final exams:

  • Contemporary Urban Environments
  • Changing Places
  • Global Systems and Global Governance
  • Hazards
  • Coasts
  • Water and Carbon Cycles

Students on Study Leave for final linear exams – AQA – June