Geography


  TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3
YEAR 7 My Personal Geography and Ordnance Survey Mapwork My Personal Geography and Ordnance Survey Mapwork Water and Rivers Coasts and Glaciation Coasts and Glaciation Farming
YEAR 8 Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes

Introduction to World Issues

Focus on Nepal (to include the 2015 earthquake)

Focus on Nepal (to include the 2015 earthquake) / Focus Focus on Brazil Focus on Brazil Focus on Botswana Focus on Russia
YEAR 9 Living with the Physical Environment: Section A The Challenge of Natural Hazards Living with the Physical Environment: Section A The Challenge of Natural Hazards Living with the Physical Environment: Section A The Challenge of Natural Hazards Living with the Physical Environment: Section B Physical Landscapes in the UK Living with the Physical Environment: Section B Physical Landscapes in the UK Living with the Physical Environment: Section B Physical Landscapes in the UK
YEAR 10 Living with the Physical Environment: Section C The Living World Living with the Physical Environment: Section C The Living World Challenges in the Human Environment: Urban issues and challenges Challenges in the Human Environment: Urban issues and challenges Challenges in the Human Environment: The changing economic world Challenges in the Human Environment: The changing economic world
YEAR 11 Living World Tourism Changing Urban Environments Population Change Population Change / Revision Examinations

 Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

What qualification will I get?

GCSE Geography.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in the following way - Examination 75% and Coursework 25%

What can this course lead to?

GCSE Geography is accessible for all ability levels. It can lead onto AS or A level and helps toward the study of Economics and Politics and Diplomas in Travel and Tourism. It is strongly advised for future career choices in armed and uniformed services, architecture, town planning and the Police Force.

Geography at Blackpool Aspire Academy

The Geography Department has an excellent record of success with attainment at KS4. Pupils make good progress and students consistently achieve well above their individual targets.  We encourage students to investigate and ask questions about the world around them.  In June 2014 Ofsted said of Geography at Aspire that ‘teachers have high expectations of students and build excellent relationships with students in engaging and stimulating learning environments’.  

In 2014 the Geography Department was awarded the Geographical Association’s ‘Centre of Excellence’ quality award for excellence in geographical teaching and learning. In 2015 the department was asked to work with Ofsted as one of their ‘hubs of excellence’.

In Key Stage 3 students learn and investigate our changing world. In Year 7 students focus on national geography, learning about the UK and its changing landscapes. In Year 8 students build on their understanding of geographical concepts and processes by investigating international geography, looking at the inequalities between different countries.

In Key Stage 4 all students follow the AQA syllabus A GCSE in Geography. Year 9 students sit three examinations at the end of the three year course. Year 10 and 11 students sit two examinations at the end of Year 11 and complete a Controlled Assessment activity based in field work in the local area. Students study both physical and human geography throughout the course.

British Values

Students are encouraged to think about the world in which they live and how their lives and personal geographies contribute to wider British values. Students investigate a wide variety of cultures, countries and environments and are actively encouraged to compare British values and culture to those of other people around the world.

Geography at Aspire allows students an insight into how other people live and promotes respect and tolerance for others of different religions and cultures around the world. Students also study the geography of multicultural Britain and how this works to promote cooperation and reduce ethnic segregation in Britain today.

World of work and lifelong learning

Studying Geography helps students to better understand the world’s people, places and environments from local to global scales. The skills and knowledge gained by studying Geography can be applied to almost any job or workplace.

Geography is a subject recognised by all employers and it equips students with the skills and understanding needed for an ever changing world.

Geographers can use their skills in the following jobs and career paths:

  • Policy and Government (town planners, housing officers, social services)
  • The Physical Environment (coastal engineer, river engineer, meteorology)
  • Geographical Information Systems (defence analyst, cartographer, crime analyst, hydrologist)
  • Travel and Tourism (hotel manager, travel writer, expedition manager, incident response manager, transport)
  • Business (sustainability manager, sales associates, resource manager)
  • Society (police, teaching, prison service, fundraising officer)

Development and Global Issues (armed forces, working for charities)