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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley

Geography

Members of the Department

Miss C. Deery (Head of Department)
Miss J. McKeever

Aims of the Department

The aims of the Geography specification are to –

  • Encourage pupils to take an interest in their surrounding area and the world around them.
  • To make them aware of current worldwide issues.
  • Develop a range of lifelong skills such as communication skills and team work.
  • To develop an understanding of different cultures and communities.
  • To develop an understanding of the link between people and the environment.

Overview of the Department

Geography is an exciting and interesting subject which aims to teach students about the world around them.

At Key Stage 3 a wide range of topics are taught not only to meet the requirements of the revised curriculum but also topics which the students can relate to and find interesting.

Topics include; What is Geography, My Home Region, Energy and Global Warming, Tourism, Plate Tectonics, The Football Business, Fair-trade.

At GCSE we follow the AQA Specification. This builds on the skills and knowledge the students have developed through Key Stage 3.

After an outstanding set of results from the previous GCSE students the department is extremely pleased and excited about the introduction of A-Level Geography this year.

A Level Geography follows the CCEA curriculum with many Northern Ireland based case studies. It also focuses on world-wide events such as the recent Hurricane Sandy in the USA. The boys develop skills learnt at GCSE and incorporate new skills such as Decision-making skills which are excellent transferable skills into the workplace.

Teaching Methods

A variety of teaching methods are used during Geography lessons to ensure each student is provided with the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and thrive within the classroom.

These include

  • Independent learning
  • Group based work
  • Fieldtrips
  • Role plays
  • Internet Research
  • ICT tasks
  • Visual learning through DVD’s and animation
  • Presentation and communication tasks
  • Use of the Interactive Whiteboard

Fieldtrips

Students have the opportunity to participate in fieldtrips in each year group. This helps them develop many valuable skills such as team work, communication and working independently. It also gives a chance process theory learnt in the classroom in a real-life context.

Key Stage 3:

Year 8 – Local Traffic Study
Year 9 – Trip to Paris to study Tourism
Year 10 – Trip to Tayto Factory, Armagh

Key Stage 4:

GCSE fieldwork is based around their Controlled Assessment tasks and incorporates either a River Study or a study of Belfast Central Business District.

Key Stage 5:

A Level fieldwork is completed in both Year 13 and 14 and the boys collect data from both a Physical and Human Geography context. The data is then brought into the exam from which they complete graphs, statistical analyses, problem-solving and detail their interpretations and conclusions. The boys are also expected to carry out their own risk analysis in the field. Again, these are excellent transferable skills for future career choices.

Paris Trip

As part of the year 9 topic ‘Tourism’ the department are excited to announce a field trip to Paris which will first run in February 2013. The trip involves 40 students spending 4 days in Paris. The trip will include an excursion around the famous Parisian sights and of course experiencing the wonder and excitement of the Eurodisney resort and meeting famous faces such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

Module Overview

GCSE 

GCSE students will sit 2 exams at the end of year 12, each exam accounting for 37.5% of their final mark.

Six topics are studied in total.
Three physical topics; The Restless Earth, Changing Urban Environments and Rivers.
Three human topics; Population, The Development Gap and Globalisation.

Year 12 students will also complete one piece of controlled assessment by November. (25% of final mark)

A-LEVEL

Year 13:
AS 1: Physical Geography (including fieldwork skills) 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of AS 25% of A Level January
AS 2: Human Geography (including skills and techniques) 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of AS 25% of A Level May

A2: Year 14
A2 1: Human Geography and Global Issues 1 hour 30 minutes
25% of A Level January
A2 2: Physical Geography and Decision-Making 2 hours 30 minutes
25% of A Level May