Geography is an academic subject, yet even among students suffering acute dyslexia; it remains one of the most popular chosen subjects in the school at GCSE. The basis of its popularity and ultimate academic success is the differentiation provided in the teaching to the students.
Self motivation, enthusiasm and a sense of humour are the criteria sought by the teacher. These traits combined deliver the academic attainment required for the student to progress, develop and be successful.
Geography is taught in classes not exceeding twelve students.
The ethos of the Geography department is to teach practically from the rich resources in the area; rather than the traditional text book approach. Accordingly, teaching in an outdoor location is a popular and regular feature.
Year 10 and 11 follow the Key Stage 4 AQA GCSE "A" syllabus. The structure of learning continues, choosing the options that allow study of the syllabus using local and more distant, regional resources. If a topic is not resourced locally, then as true Geographers they are sought out and visited in the UK and abroad where the opportunity exists.
The most popular field visits include:
Coastal Study : Sea kayak the Jurassic Coast to study landscape and geology.
Fieldwork : multi day residential in a FSC Centre in Wales or South Cost to complete the mandatory requirement of the GCSE syllabus.
Multi - day residential in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales to experience the landscape not just in classroom by virtual reality; but in actual reality.
Exam Board: AQA
The UK’s favourite exam board and more students receive their academic qualifications from AQA than from any other board.
Geography is an academic EBAC subject delivered at GCSE level. Progress can lead to a wide range of college /university syllabuses for example:
- A Level BSc or BA degree in Geography, Geology , Tourism & Leisure etc.
- Combined BSc Hons/BA Hons Degrees e.g. University of Derby offers: BA (Hons) Business Management & Geography, BA (Hons) in Geography and Theatre Studies, BA (Hons) in Geography and Sport , BSc (Hons) Architectural Design & Geography and many more.
The skills can lead to employment in the travel and tourism industry, outdoor education, politics, media, ICT, environmental or business management, marketing, city trading and teaching to name a few. Geographers are everywhere- even a Royal.
Aims: To provide different opportunities for learning: -
a) Classroom learning:
No commercial textbook used – all learning resources are developed by the teacher specifically to match the needs of the dyslexic students.
- Learning is a step approach, using visual and media aides and social interaction to assist retention with regular informal assessment.
- A flexible approach within a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
- A reader and/or scribe are provided to qualifying students for exams
b) Mandatory and Optional Field Study Residentials and Day Trips
Purpose: visiting exam focused locations and develop experiential learning and reinforce knowledge, understanding and have fun whilst doing it !!
The GCSE Geography Syllabus Structure ; 6 Topics & Coursework
- a reader and/or scribe are provided to qualifying students for exams
- Paper 1 Physical environment 1 hour 30 mins 35%
- Paper 2 Human environment 1 hour 30 mins 35%
- Paper 3 Fieldwork & Geographical Skills 1 hour 15 mins 30%
Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?
Geography is going places!