Geography

 

‘Geography is the subject which holds the key to the future’          

(Michael Palin)

 

We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children’

(Ancient Sioux Indian Proverb)

 

Turn on your TV, listen to the radio, or surf the internet almost any day and you will see and listen to coverage of events and issues that are at the very heart of Geography. Events such as flooding, storms and earthquakes or issues concerning climate change, fair trade and immigration are all fundamentally geographical. Geography tackles these big issues!

 

Through studying Geography pupils develop an awareness and understanding of our changing world and learn to take a critical and reflective approach to the world around them. Pupils are also challenged to research and investigate local and global topical issues through data collection in the field and from multimedia sources. Ultimately, our aim is for pupils studying Geography at Glastry College to develop an understanding of their personal responsibilities for contributing towards a sustainable future in our society and also our planet.

 

 

KEY STAGE 3
 

Pupils learn about Geography at Glastry through five broad themes, covering a topic within each theme within each year at KS3. Pupils focus on learning the fundamental geographical principles that relate to each topic, through the investigation of contemporary geographical issues. Click on the links below to find out more about each topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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YEAR 10

 

 
 
 
 
 
Fieldtrips
 

In Y8 pupils complete a local area beach clean-up as part of the Conserving the Peninsula unit.

 

In Y9 pupils investigate inner city regeneration in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter as part of the Settlements: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly unit

 

In Y10 pupils visit Coca Cola in Lisburn to investigate the impacts TNCs have in the world as part of the Development: A Fashion Faux Pas unit

 
 
KEY STAGE 4 (GCSE)
 

At Glastry College we follow the CCEA Geography specification. This is a modular course and enables pupils to sit some module exams at the end of Y11 as well as at the end of Y12. The basic course framework is outlined below, however, if you would like a more detailed look at the course please click here to view our GCSE Geography student guide.

 

 

GCSE Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World

  • Covered in and examined at the end of Y11

  • Covers 4 themes during the year which are:

    • A - River environments

    • B – Coastal environments

    • C - Our Changing Weather and Climate – weather systems and climate change

    • D – The Restless Earth – earthquakes and volcanoes

  • Worth 40% of overall GCSE

  • 1 hour 30 min exam.

 

GCSE Unit 2: Living in Our World

  • Covered in and examined at the end of Y12

  • Covers 4 themes during the year which are:

    • A – People and Migration

    • B – Changing Urban Areas

    • C - Contrasts in World Development – measures of wealth and poverty and solutions to the latter

    • D – Managing Our Resources – environmental protection and sustainability

  • Worth 40% of overall GCSE

  • 1 hour 30 min exam.

 

GCSE Unit 3: Fieldwork and Exam

  • Completed at the end of Y12

  • Involves a fieldtrip to a local river

  • Worth 20% of the overall GCSE

  • 1 hour exam

 
Fieldtrips
 

In Y11 pupils complete a coastal processes investigation in the local area. In Y12 pupils complete a piece of coursework based around a fieldtrip to the river Enler. This will involve putting on wellies and waders and they’re unlucky getting a little or a lot wet! You will have to plan the fieldwork, collect data and then write it up when you get back to the classroom. This is a terrific part of the course and a real opportunity to study geography first hand and get out of the classroom into the world to learn about the geography around you, that you live in and experience every day.

 
 
A-LEVEL
 

At Glastry College we follow the CCEA Geography specification. This is a modular course and enables pupils to sit their AS modular exams at the end of Y13 and A2 modular exams at the end of Y12. The basic course framework is outlined below, however, if you would like a more detailed look at the course please click here to view our A Level Geography student guide.

 

AS Level

 

Unit AS1 Physical Geography

  • Rivers: the work they do, flood events and how humans interact and manage floods.

  • Ecosystems: succession and human interaction.

  • Weather and Climate: extreme weather events.

 

Unit AS2: Human Geography 

  • Population: ageing populations and their impacts

  • Settlement: problems in urban and rural environments.

  • Development: the causes of variations in development across the world.

 

Unit AS3: Geographical Skills and Techniques

  • Fieldwork skills: how to conduct geographical investigations

  • Geographical skills: geographical research skills and statistical techniques

A2 Level

 

Unit A21: Physical Geography

  • Dynamic Earth

  • Sustainable Tropical Ecosystems

 

Unit A22: Human Geography

  • Issues in Ethnic Diversity

  • Population Change and Policies

Unit A23: Decision Making Exercise

  • Use source materials to reach a decision in a contentious geographical issue.

 
Fieldtrips
 

During the AS course in Year 13 students will have the opportunity to go on a 3 day residential to the north coast of Northern Ireland to study sand dune ecosystems and urban issues. In Y14 there are several day trips including investigations into issues in the local area such as the impact of tourism in the Mourne Mountains.

STAFF

 

 

Mr J Viner

 

Mrs L Martin

 

Mrs R McIvor

 

Dr L Brown

 

 

 

 

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Geography can lead to many related university courses but it is also held in high regard by many employers due to the vast range of skills a geographer will develop through a GCSE course. Skills such as communication, decision making, enquiry, problem solving, research, data collection and working in teams are just a few as well as the essential geographical knowledge and understanding developed. GCSE geographers have gone on to become entrepreneurs, engineers, town planners, teachers, aid workers, social workers, travel agents, sports and leisure managers, environmental consultants to name just a few.

 

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