Department Information

Geography

Aims

Geography has a distinctive contribution to make to the development of an understanding of the world and its people. It encourages an appreciation of the relationships between the physical and human processes that give rise to the distinctive character of places and environments and their interdependence.

The study of geography provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of and respect for the cultures and ways of life of other people. The study of the interrelationships between people and the environment allows consideration of how sustainable development affects the planning and management of environments and resources.

Staff

Mrs Thérèse McGilligan (HOD)
Mrs Nuala McAleese

Key Stage 3

Pupils enjoy an interesting and varied range of topics at KS3. Throughout the delivery of these topics, pupils have the opportunity to develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. They also build on their ability to work in teams and independently. We make links with Careers and help pupils identify and develop employability skills.

Year 8

  • Mapskills
  • World Mapwork
  • Rocks (Geology)
  • Population

Year 9

  • Farming (Primary Industry)
  • The Diamond Industry (Secondary Industry)
  • Tourism (Tertiary Industry)
  • Rivers
  • Meteorology

Year 10

  • Tectonics
  • Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem
  • Desert Ecosystem
  • Development

 


GCSE

This course involves a synthesis of facts, figures, ideas and perspectives to help us understand and protect the world we live in. By studying geography, students learn about important contemporary issues like global warming, desertification, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, pollution and flooding.

Over the two years, two units will be studied plus an addition fieldwork element which is examined:

Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World.  This unit covers the following themes:

Theme A: River Environments

Theme B: Coastal Environments

Theme C: Our Changing Weather and Climate

Theme D: The Restless Earth

Unit 2: Living in Our World.  This unit covers the following themes:

Theme A: Population and Migration

Theme B:  Changing Urban Areas

Theme C: Contrasts in World Development

Theme D: Managing Our Environment

Unit 3: Fieldwork


Post-16

In  A-Level Geography students investigate our ever-changing world and the dynamic forces that influence nature, culture and society. They will also understand the interaction between societies and cultures and how geography affects our daily lives.

We follow the new CCEA specification brought out to be delivered from September 2016.  The course is unitised.  The students do six units over two years, including an element of fieldwork which is examined.

AS1: Physical Geography.  This unit covers the following themes:

Fluvial environments

Global biomes

Processes that shape our weather and climate.

AS1: Human Geography.  This unit covers the following themes:

Population

Settlement

Development

AS3 Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography.

 

The A2 unit has a series of optional units in Physical Geography, of which we usually study:

A21: Physical Processes, landforms and management:

Option B Tropical Ecosystems – Nature and sustainability

Option C Dynamic Coastal environments

A22:  Processes and Issues in Human Geography

Option B Planning for Sustainable settlements

Option D Tourism

A23: Decision Making in Geography, students develop decision-making skills in a real world scenario.

 


Extracurricular

As fieldwork is such a unique aspect to the subject of geography, we promote that students fully participate in the river studies and beach studies that are provided.


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