Geography

Introduction

The Geography department at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community is a cohesive unit, providing a useful insight into the world around us. The aims and influence of the Geography department stretch well beyond the classroom, involving pupils in a wide variety of practical exercises and fieldwork.

Geography is a subject that encompasses many different life skills, from map interpretation to statistics and economics.
Geography is a popular choice for pupils at GCSE and further education.

Geography G.C.S.E.

The world is always changing. Geography gives you the chance to learn about these changes.

  • WJEC GCSE Geography Specification A
    is a bold and
    exciting course. It provides students with a stimulating and motivating
    geography course fit for the twenty-first century. Balance is provided by
    offering both traditional and contemporary geographical themes. You will be
    engaged, challenged and stretched, especially by an emphasis on ‘geographical
    futures’ which will encourage you to apply your understanding of current trends
    to identify alternate future scenarios and evaluate their sustainability.

  • WJEC GCSE Geography Specification A
    is divided into
    core and optional themes. Unit 1 gives students a robust core of geographical
    understanding. Unit 2 provides teachers with an opportunity to select from a
    range of contemporary themes. Together the two units provide, respectively,
    breadth and depth of study.

  • Year 10: Unit 1 Core themes
    There are three physical
    and three human themes in Unit 1 – rivers, climate change, tectonics,
    globalisation, development and population change. Between them, these themes
    provide you with an overview of the essential knowledge and concepts required
    for GCSE. Each theme examines process and pattern before considering management
    strategies. These units are examined at the end of year 10 and are worth 40% of
    the final grade. This examination could potentially be re-sat in Year 11.

  • Year 11: Unit 2 Optional themes
    Unit 2 offers choice
    and flexibility through six optional themes. We cover units on changing
    coastlines, retail and urban landscapes and the living world The optional themes
    require greater depth of study than the core and candidates should be encouraged
    to develop a range of case studies. Each theme begins by considering patterns
    and process before considering recent change. Each places an emphasis on
    geographical futures, encouraging you to apply your understanding of current
    trends to identify alternate future scenarios and consider sustainable
    developments. This examination is worth 35% of the final grade.

You will learn how to:

  • Use GIS computer systems and conduct fieldwork
  • Develop your written and numerical skills

Why study Geography

Geography is well known as a subject that links to all other subjects in the
curriculum, so a GCSE in Geography is a stepping stone to a whole range of
opportunities.

A good grade will help to move you on to any AS, Applied A Level or BTEC course. You may want to continue your study of geography or take a course such as a BTEC National in Travel and Tourism which has a more work related approach.

The skills you develop can lead you to employment opportunities in journalism, media, engineering, Armed Forces, ICT, travel and tourism, environmental management, marketing, business management and teaching. Geographers are everywhere!


  • “There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.”Josephine Hart

Assessment

Assessment

The course is modular. You will take exams throughout the two years and the marks will be added together to make your final grade.

Controlled Assessment (25%)

You would complete two controlled assessment tasks:

  • 1. A fieldwork enquiry worth 10%
  • 2. A decision making / problem solving task worth 15%

The specification offers plenty of opportunities for fieldwork in either physical or human themes. River or coastal processes and landforms are popular options. In recent years we have conducted fieldwork along the Barry coastline, in Cardiff and the Black Mountains.

You can get more information about the course by clicking here.


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Geography Department

Mr C Walters
Subject Leader Geography

Mr P Tucker
Geography
Teacher

Mr M Thomas
Geography Teacher