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Geography – Map of learning 2019-20

There has never been a more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you can study. Statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable. This is presumably because geographers possess the abilities and skills that employers look for.

Whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality – Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.

Geography has always had massive importance in the education of young people. Gaining knowledge of the world and understanding why differences occur within it is integral to a healthy and open mind. In the modern world; global warming, the destruction of the rainforests and global inequality, to name only a few, are issues that require understanding from the future generations.

It is for these reasons that the Geography department at Trinity Academy, through Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level, aim to provide students with this opportunity.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students develop a wide range of knowledge through studying a diverse variety of human, physical and environment areas of Geography. Topics such as population, settlements, rivers, coasts and volcanoes are investigated alongside synoptic units; a country study of Brazil and continent study of Africa.

Key Stage 4

Students study the 9 to 1 GCSE Geography specification from AQA. Students build on their understanding of both human and physical Geography developed during Key Stage 3. They study topics such as ecosystems, natural hazards and UK landscapes. Plus, explore issues with urban development, sustainable resources and climate change. Underpinning this is fieldwork, in which students explore contrasting locations to identify patterns and trends. Assessment is in the form of three examinations, which test the knowledge and skills developed over the course.

 Key Stage 5

Students study the Geography specification from AQA. They explore a range of human and physical issues, considering issues around how places change over time, the impacts of hazards on our landscape, the developments within a coastal zone and the changing nature of the globalised world. Over 4 fieldwork days, students explore a range of locations to both extend and support their learning. Following the data collection, students build a fieldwork report which forms part of the A-level assessment. This linking with two examinations to form the final assessment at A-level.