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Rooks Heath College

Rooks Heath College

Opportunity through Learning

Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography at Rooks Heath College is a popular option. However, there's more to Geography than just maps! Geography is the study of places and people. It is about how people interact with their environments. Geography is therefore all around us and it affects EVERYONE. Students learn about the BIG issues (which you read about in newspapers and see on television), such as poverty, global warming, aid, migration and, of course, natural disasters. Geography is a 'robust' subject and having a Geography qualification means that a student has developed a wide range of skills. There is a range of careers which make use of Geography. Geography can help someone to become an architect, property developer, town planner, civil servant, meteorologist, researcher, teacher, environmental worker, scientist, construction worker, travel agent, and many, many more.

Students will be required to work in groups and independently. There will be opportunities for active learning through fieldwork and debating key issues. Students will develop a range of transferable skills, such as, problem solving, decision making, ICT, working with others, analysing data, communication, etc. These skills are in demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value. They will also be useful to students when studying other subjects, such as English, Science and Mathematics.

Students follow the AQA GCSE Geography course (8035). The course is taught over a two year period.

This course highlights the critical importance of geography for understanding the world. It will stimulate an interest in places and inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, and their values and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

The content focuses on current issues. The main focus is an understanding of physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes that change over time. This includes the interaction between people and the environment as well as an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both physical and human environments. Students will learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between people, places and cultures leading to an improved understanding of societies and economies.


Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Living World
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK

Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • Urban Issues and Challenges
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Resource Management

Unit 3: Geographical Applications (1 hour 15 minutes)

  • Issue Evaluation
  • Fieldwork

The core text book used in class is 'GCSE Geography AQA' by Ross, Rowles, Holmes and Digby (published by OUP). Students can access this book at any time using Kerboodle. Students can purchase from the Department a copy of the GCSE Geography Revision guide (published by CGP) at a reduced price.

There is an opportunity for students to attend a residential field trip to Swanage in Year 11 during which they will investigate coastal landforms and the impact of tourism on the environment.