Students will follow the AQA Syllabus A. The course is split into distinct units consisting of both Physical and Human Geography.
Although the course is modular in its design, assessment is through two terminal exams at the end of Year 11. These exams are both 1hr 30mins in length and account for 37.5% of the marks. The remaining 25% is made of a controlled assessment which involves a days fieldwork and subsequent follow up in class. The controlled assessments change each year but in recent years we have looked at tourism in Bowness on Windermere, changes along the course of the River Wyre and Tourism at Beacon Fell.
In Year 10 we start with a short refresher of the core Geographical Skills this is followed by a Unit of work called Water on the Land. We then look at aspects of Settlements in both the developed and developing world through a unit called Changing Urban Environments. The last unit we study in Year 10 is a topic based around tectonics where we investigate earthquakes, volcanoes and Tsunamis in a Unit called The Restless Earth. In May of Year 10 we plan to take Students on the fieldwork element of the Controlled Assessment and spend the final half term processing the data they have collected.
We begin Year 11 by completing the Controlled Assessment. This involves the written component if the assessment where their findings are described, discussed and appropriate conclusions are drawn. Students then evaluate the work they have done. Following the Controlled Assessment we begin with a unit on all aspects of Population Geography through a unit called Population Change. This is followed by our final Physical Unit where we investigate Coastal Environments around the world in the topic called The Coastal Zone. We complete the course with a unit of work on tourism. Prior to the exams we offer revision lessons and advice on how to maximize their grades.