Ms. Ann-Marie Clare-Kelly
Areas of study: Geography is a compulsory subject for all students at Key Stage 3 and an optional subject in Key Stage 4. All students use common notes and in order to cater for all levels of ability, this is supplemented by additional resource materials, differentiated worksheets, maps, relevant Television and Radio programmes and by computer software.
Assessment: In Key Stage 3 students are given an assessment during and at the end of each topic. The assessment is based on: (i) the knowledge gained; (ii) the skills acquired; (iii) data representation and interpretation.
Fieldwork: Fieldwork is an integral part of the Geography Programme. It can vary from working in the immediate college area and local environment to areas further afield. The work done in the field is an extension of that done in the classroom. After a fieldwork trip, all students should be able to: (i) present and discuss their findings orally to the class: (ii) present a written and illustrated report which will form part of a classroom display.
Homework: Geography homework can take many forms; written work; watching a television programme; collecting data in a neighbourhood; getting information from newspapers and magazines; observing local weather; collecting weather data from television. Homework is set on a regular basis in line with the school and departmental policy.
Turn on your TV almost any day and you will see coverage of events such as flooding, storms or earthquakes and hear about issues such as sustainability and global warming. These events and issues are at the very heart of Geography. By studying Geography you will gain an awareness of your own responsibilities and how you can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive.
Why study Geography?
In studying this course you will:
- take part in fieldwork collecting data at first hand;
- explore the interrelationships between people and their environments;
- investigate how physical and human resources are managed;
- consider interdependence between countries and the need for cooperation to tackle global issues; and
- have opportunities to use geographical skills including appropriate technologies such as GIS.
What will I study?
Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World
You will study three themes:
- Dynamic Landscape (rivers and coasts);
- Our Changing Weather and Climate (weather systems affecting us and the causes and effects of climate change); and
- The Restless Earth (earthquakes).
Unit 2: Living in Our World
You will study three themes:
- People and Where They Live (population and settlement);
- Contrasts in World Development (the differences between LEDCs and MEDCs); and
- Managing our Resources (sustainable solutions).
Unit 3: Fieldwork Report
This unit will be a controlled assessment task. You will collect primary data and write up a report.
Students studying G.C.S.E. Geography do a study of the River Shaneragh from Carryglas Bridge to Ballynahatty Bridge. This fieldwork is then submitted as part of their exams to the CCEA Examination Board and is worth 25%.
How will I be assessed?
There are two external assessments, Unit 1 and Unit 2, each will be worth 37.5% of the total qualification. Unit 3 is a controlled assessment task, worth 25%.
Geography theory Unit 1: Understanding Our Natural World
Unit 1 is a written exam and will be 1 hour and 30 minutes long. There will be three multi-part questions. Each question will focus on one of each of the themes. The questions will have resource material and some parts will require extended writing.
This examination is worth 37.5% of the overall GCSE qualification.
Geography theory Unit 2: Living in Our World
The written exam for Unit 2 will be 1 hour and 30 minutes long. There will be three multi-part questions. Each question will focus on one of each of the themes. The questions will have resource material and some parts will require extended writing.
This examination paper is worth 37.5% of the overall GCSE qualification.
Controlled Assessment Unit 3: Fieldwork Report
This is the controlled assessment task and you will be required to complete a report of no more than 2000 words based on fieldwork.
This task will be worth 25% of the overall GCSE qualification.