Header

Geography

Without Geography you are nowhere!

Head of Department

  • Mrs D.Hill (Teaching & Learning Co-ordinator)

BA(Hons) Geography, PGCE

Subject Teachers

  • Mr T.Finn (Emotional, Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator)

MSW, BSc(Hons), CQSW, PGCE, PQH(NI)

  • Mrs L.Cassidy (Deputy Examinations Co-ordinator)

BEd(Hons) Business Studies (with Geography)

  • Mrs K L Stevens

BA(Hons), PGCE

Introduction and ethos

Geography at Ashfield Boys High School is an exciting and challenging subject. It is the aim of this department to offer an interesting, enjoyable and exciting experience of Geography as well as helping students achieve their full potential through excellent teaching strategies.

“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. Geography is a great adventure with a purpose. So many of the world’s current issues – at a global scale and locally – boil down to Geography, and need the Geographers of the future to help us understand them.”

Michael Palin: President of the Royal Geographical Society

Key Stage 3 Overview 

Year  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
8
  • What is Geography?
  • Map skills
  • Northern Ireland
  • Weather
  • Exams
  • Economic activity & Sport
  • Settlement
  • Energy & Resources
  • Exam 
9
  • Map skills
  • Ireland & Britain
  • Weather climate
  • Fieldwork
  • Weather & Rocks
  • Exam
  • Ecosystems
  • Amazon
  • Exam
10
  • Map skills
  • Earthquakes & Volcanoes
  • Rivers
  • Flooding
  • Coasts
  • Exam
  • European Union
  • Population
  • Development & Sustainability
  • Exam

 

Key Stage 4 Overview

SPECIFICATION OUTLINE

Unit 1 | Understanding Our Natural World

  • Theme A : The Dynamic Landscape (Rivers & Coasts)
  • Theme B : Our Changing Weather & Climate
  • Theme C : The Restless Earth

Exam: 1hour 30 minutes (37.5%)

Unit 2 | Living in Our World

  • Theme A : People & Where They Live
  • Theme B : Contrasts in World Development
  • Theme C : Managing Our Resources

Exam: 1hour 30 minutes (37.5%)

Unit 3 | Controlled Assessment (25%)

Fieldwork: Crawfordsburn River

EXAMINATIONS

GEOGRAPHY   2 TIERS

(1) HIGHER                  A* – D GRADES

(2) FOUNDATION      B – G GRADES

Candidates will have the option to sit one of their exams at the end of Year 11!

COURSEWORK COMPLETION

START:   End of May

FINISH:  October (final draft)

Revision classes available throughout Years 11 & 12

Key Stage 5 Overview

CCEA AS / A2 Geography

Through studying our GCE Geography specification, students will learn about:

  • geographical concepts and processes;
  • interactions between people and their environment;
  • the challenges of sustainability; and
  • the importance of attitudes and values

Students become aware of the important relationships between societies, economies, cultures and environments. They will also have the opportunity to relate what they have studied to the world around them.

Students must sit two exams at AS and a further two at A Level. Some exam questions test students on more than one assessment objective. All the exams are set and marked by us.

Unit   Assessment Format Time Weighting Availability
AS 1: Physical Geography (including fieldwork skills)  Sections A and B: All questions are compulsory.

Section C: Students must answer two essay questions from a choice of three.

1 hour 30 mins  50% of AS 25% of A Level January and Summer
AS 2: Human Geography (including skills and techniques)  Sections A and B: All questions are compulsory.

Section C: Students must answer two essay questions from a choice of three. 

1 hour 30 mins 50% of AS 25% of A Level January and Summer
A2 1: Human Geography and Global Issues Section A: Students must answer two questions out of three (depending on the options they have studied).

Section B: Students must answer one essay question out of four (depending on the option they have studied).

1 hour 30 mins 25% of A Level January and Summer
A2 2: Physical Geography and Decision-Making Section A: Students must answer two essay questions out of three (depending on the options they have studied).

Section B: All questions are compulsory. This exam includes a decision-making exercise based on a case study.

2 hours 30 mins 25% of A Level Summer only

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

www.bbc.co.uk/weather

www.juicygeography.co.uk

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

www.gatm.org.uk (Geography at the Movies)

www.kidsgeo.com (KS3)

www.georesources.co.uk (A Level)