Academic Information

Geography

Aims

  • Teachers have good subject knowledge and a passion for the subject
  • To develop geographical enquiry skills
  • To enable pupils to become independent learners
  • To promote an interest in and understanding of the ways people interact with each other and the environment

Staff

Miss K McDowell
Mrs S Beattie
Mrs A Jones
Miss E McGibbon

Key Stage 3

All pupils study Geography at Key Stage 3. It is a progressive department using Active Learning in the teaching of the subject content to ensure a thorough understanding of the key ideas. Topics studied at this level include:

Year 8

  • What is Geography?
  • Map Skills & Northern Ireland
  • Ecosystems - Rainforests & Deserts 
  • Weather

Year 9

  • Settlement
  • Disasters - Volcanoes & Earthquakes
  • Population
  • Development

Year 10

  • Rivers
  • Flooding & Flood Management 
  • Tourism
  • Coasts

Key Stage 4

Pupils study the CCEA Geography specification, 80% exam & 20% Controlled Assessment. Topics studied include:

Unit 1, Understanding our Natural World

External exam, 1 hour 30 minutes, 40%

Themes:
A: River Environments (25%)
B: Coastal Environments (25%)
C: Our Changing Weather & Climate (25%)
D: The Restless Earth (25%)

Unit 2, Living in Our World

External exam, 1 hour 30 minutes, 40%

Themes:
A: Population & Migration (20%)
B: Changing Urban Areas (20%)
C: Contrasts in World Development (20%)
D: Managing our Environment (20%)

Unit 3, Fieldwork

External written examination, 1 hour, 20%

Students base their answers on their knowledge and experience of fieldwork.  They must bring  fieldwork statement and table of data into the examination.  

Skills Developed

  • Independent research
  • Developing, constructing & defending an argument
  • Statistical analysis
  • Time management
  • Debate
  • Handling information
  • Communication and presentation
  • Working with others
  • Ability to understand complex concepts
  • ICT skills

Career Areas

  • Tourism – travel agent, TV researcher, Holiday representative
  • Environmental health officer
  • Architect or urban planner
  • Environmental engineer
  • Pilot
  • Teacher
  • Estate agent
  • Town planner
  • Surveyor

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