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Mr N Massey MSc BSc PGCE (Head of Department)

Mr M Crawford MEd BSc PGCE


Most students enjoy the scope of the material they cover in Geography, the insights it can provide into understanding the world around us and the sheer contemporary nature of the issues it tackles.

This year has proven (yet again) the need for geography in schools. Bad weather? Rivers that flood? Storm surges? Earthquakes? Tropical Cyclones? Cities that are expanding? Farming catastrophes ? Ice caps that are melting? Climate Change?

These are the things of Geography. The news is filled with Geography from start to finish. In the Geography Department we make sure that our students understand the implications of these issues - the things that are behind the news.

Geography is more important today than at ANY other time!

In Year 8 we conduct a River Study in Crawfordsburn, N Down. In Year 9 we have conducted Coastal Visits to the North Down Coastal Path. In Year 11 we conduct a river study in Colin Glen as part of our GCSE Controlled Assessment. In Year 13 we do a vegetation survey of the Murlough sand Dunes in Co. Down. In Year 14 we conduct a survey of on the Impact of tourism. Recent destinations for this have included Bangor and Newcastle.

KS3 Geography Course Details
- Year 8 - Pupils study Making Connections, Population, Rivers & Flooding
- Year 9 - Pupils study Weather, Tourism, Coasts & Settlement
- Year 10 – Pupils study Tectonics, Environment, Rainforests & Development

GCSE Geography Course Details
GCSE Geography is made up of six modules;

Year 11
A - Rivers, Coasts & flooding
B - Weather & Climate Change
C - Plate tectonics & earthquakes

Year 12
D - Population & Settlement
E - Development & Fair trade
F - Environment—Resources, renewable energy & recycling

Controlled Assessment
Controlled Assessment (coursework) content is worth 25% of final grade. Our coursework assignment is based around a fieldtrip to Colin Glen, Belfast. The assignment report is completed between May and October of Year 11/12, mainly during class time.

Geography Coursework can gain you good marks and in past classes has raised pupil's marks by a grade.

A LEVEL Geography
By studying GCE Geography you will learn about geographical concepts and processes, interactions between people and their environment, the challenges of sustainability and the importance of attitudes and values. You will then be able to relate what you have studied to the world around you.
The AS course can be taken as a final qualification or as the first half of the A Level qualification. If you wish to obtain a full A Level qualification, you must complete the second half of the course referred to as A2.
What do I need to be able to take this course?
You should have successfully completed GCSE Geography at Higher Tier before enrolling for this course.

Course Structure
AS1: Physical Geography (including fieldwork skills) Exam Length— 1h30m
- Rivers
- Ecosystems
- Weather

AS 2: Human Geography (including skills and techniques) Exam Length— 1h30m
- Population
- Rural and urban environments
- Development

A2 1: Human Geography / Exam Length— 1h30m
- Impact of Population Change
- Sustainable Settlement
- Global Issues

A2 2: Physical Geography / Exam Length— 2h30m
- Fluvial and Coastal Environments
- The Dynamic Earth
- Decision Making Paper

How can this course help me?
Geography is an excellent subject to be used in the support of a University application. Geography is regarded as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group of universities and as is a highly respected academic qualification by employers.
This course can help you to develop a wide range of skills that are attractive to employers. For example, it can help to develop your skills in investigating, collating and evaluating information and being able to contribute to important debates on the current issues facing our world today.
You may just wish to study Geography for your own personal interest, but if you wish to continue the study of Geography at degree level, you will need to complete the full A Level course.

careers options

Geography is about 50% Arts based and 50% Science based so it blends well with most subject choices, particularly if you wish to keep your career options open.
Geographers are very employable. The choice of careers includes some areas in which their studies are put to direct use, such as environmental agencies and consultancy, GIS applications, planning, conservation and teaching;

The flexible skills that students acquire in Geography can reap employment dividends in many other fields – computing, financial services, management, marketing, the media, public administration, tourism, transport, and so on, across the alphabet of careers.

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