Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we study the OCR A course. This has a balanced, engaging and accessible focus on the UK and its varied physical and human geography in Year 9 and 10, followed by an exploration of the planet and its interconnections in Year 10 and 11. As well as this synoptic and challenging approach, there is also a firm emphasis on enquiry, curiosity and investigative work, with at least two field trips over the course of the two years.
The course develops the following skills:
- To actively engage in the process of Geography.
- Fieldwork and investigative skills through trips
- To develop knowledge and understanding of Geographical concepts.
- To promote awareness of the environment.
- To acquire and use Geographical vocabulary.
- To make informed Geographical decisions.
- To use Geographical skills.
- To develop and apply their learning to the real world.
Unit 1 — Living in the UK Today:
- Landscapes of the UK
- People of the UK
- UK Environmental Challenges
Unit 2 — The World Around Us
- Ecosystems of the Planet
- People of the Planet
- Environmental Threats to our Planet
Unit 3 — Geographical Skills
Fieldwork – two day trips and one weekend residential
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 we offer Geography A Level. The course is split into 4 key components:
- Glaciated Landscapes OR Landscapes OR Dry Environments
- Earth’s Life Support Systems – The Water Cycle, The Carbon Cycle and Climate Change
- Short structured questions based on knowledge and data response and skills
- Changing Spaces, Making Places – Urbanisation and Re-development
- Global Connections – Trade, Globalisation, Migration and Power
- Short structured questions based on knowledge and data response and skill
- Climate Change, Disease, Oceans, Food Supply, Natural Hazards
- Short structured questions based on knowledge and data response, PLUS essay question
Non-Exam Assessed Investigation
- Independent investigation into any area of Geography on the specification
- 3,000–4,000 words; internally marked and externally moderated