At Chipping Norton School, Geography is a popular subject, with good uptake and results at both GCSE and A Level, which are taught by two full time specialists, Mrs Salehi and Mr Johnson.

Studying geography gives you the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both the physical and human environment. You’ll understand how geography impacts your life every day and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world.

At Key Stage Three the enquiry approach is utilised to allow all students to attain their full potential. Areas studied are 'My World', 'Threatened World', 'Dangerous World', 'Water World' and 'Diverse World'.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  1. Our Local Area
  2. Rivers
  3. Rubbish and Recycling
  4. Volcanoes and Earthquakes
  5. UK

Year 8

  1. Tourism
  2. China
  3. Ecosystems
  4. River Flooding
  5. Crime

Year 9

  1. Japan
  2. Globalisation
  3. Coral Reefs
  4. Water Scarcity
  5. Dangerous Geography

Key Stage 4

Geography gives students the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. The GCSE course will deepen understanding of geographical processes, illuminate the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions, highlight the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develop students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

 The aim of this qualification is to enable students to build on their Key Stage 3 knowledge and skills to develop:

Geographical knowledge: the new Specification content develops students’ knowledge and understanding of places, environments and processes by first introducing them to global issues and then to UK issues, including two fieldwork investigations. Students will gain an appreciation of the natural world around them, including tectonic and weather hazards, climate change, the UK’s distinctive landscapes and the global ecosystems which support life on the planet. They will explore why more than half of the world’s population live in urban areas, the dynamic nature of development, the UK in the 21st century and human reliance on key resources for survival and economic gain.

Geographical enquiry skills: the new course develops students’ competence in a range of skills, including appropriate mathematics and statistics, fieldwork methods, use of maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and researching secondary evidence; and extends their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses.

Geographical thinking skills: through decision- making exercises, students will investigate real-life 21st-century local, national or regional people and environment issues within a global setting. Students will learn to develop well-evidenced arguments, drawing on their knowledge and understanding from across the course.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll have three written exams. Papers 1 and 2 are 1 hour 30 minutes long and together, they contribute to 70 % of your final mark. Paper 3 is 1 hour 15 minutes and contributes to the final 30 % of your GCSE grade.
Examination Board – AQA