Welcome to the Geography Department
At Key Stage 3 the Geography Department aims to develop an enquiring mind in the students covering a range of topics at different scales from local to global. In addition they also acquire a range of skills such as map reading, collecting and analysing data, as well as extended writing where they are asked to form judgements on a variety of topical events/ issues.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups for three hours over two weeks.
At Key Stage 4 the AQA GCSE Specification 8035 is followed (see below). This has three different areas of study which allow a natural progression from Key Stage 3:
The Physical Environment
The Human Environment
Students are taught in mixed ability groups for five hours over two weeks. They also do two days fieldwork at the end of Year 10.
At Key Stage 5 the AQA GCE 7036/7037 Specification is followed (see below). The students can sit the AS exam at the end of Year 12 and then the full A level at the end of Year 13. Students go on a three day Residential Fieldwork trip which helps them complete their Independent Fieldwork Investigation.
Students are taught for five hours over two weeks.
The Geography Department also delivers the Btec Level 3 in Travel and Tourism for students in Year 12 and 13.
Students are taught for nine hours over two weeks.
Mark Webster Director of Department
At Astor College, KS3 Geography is predominantly for Y7 and Y8 with some content delivered throughout Y9.
Classes are taught as form groups at KS3 with no setting by ability.
Please find below the Schemes of work for each group over the year.
At KS4 the Geography department teaches to the AQA examining board specification.
This exciting and relevant course studies geography in a balanced framework of physical and human themes and investigates the link between them.
Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs).
Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes.
Please see below for links to schemes of work:
At KS4 the Geography department teaches to the new AQA examining board specification.
The new specification aims to excite the students’ minds, challenge perceptions and stimulate their investigative and analytical skills.
Whilst new units have been added to reflect constantly updating theories, cutting edge technologies and modern geopolitics, you’ll see it’s retained much of the topics that students enjoy, including hazards and population.
The assessment structure for the full A level is shown below: