Geography is a subject that attracts open-minded students who want to know about the world. Uxbridge High School geography team offer have a wide range of experiences in and outside the classroom for all key stages.
The Geography curriculum area occupies a suite of rooms in the Old Building on the ground floor. All Georgraphy classrooms are well-equipped with maps, atlases and have interactive whiteboards.
There are 3 full time teaching staff in the Geography curriculum area.
key stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study a wide range of topics from the basic geographical skills to the development of geo-politics in the 20th century. In Year 7 students focus on map skills and the UK, the weather and climate around the world and sustainability in the ecosystems such as the arctic and the rainforest. In Year 8, the students will discover globalisation through the subject of megacities, the impact of weather hazards in different countries such as UK, India and Australia and to end with coastal management and river management.
Homework is set on a regular basis to consolidate students’ learning. Students are formally assessed three times per year throughout Key Stage 3 and informally each half term.
key stage 4
In Year 9 we begin to focus on GCSE related topics and exam skills. Topics include restless earth (tectonic hazards), globalisation of resources and world development, including the development gap.
In Year 10, students follow the AQA syllabus. Students learn a broad range of topics from coasts, to urbanisation and challenges of natural hazards, these are formally examined at the end of Year 11. The year 11 study the WJEC syllabus with development dilemmas, ecosystems, physical and urban landscapes. Both years study a mixture of physical and human topics. Year 11 will complete controlled assessment on the River Chess in September-October period. Year 10 will be assessed on research methods in an exam in June 2018, which will be on a trip to a coastal town.
Exam Board - AQA in Year 10 and WJEC in Year 11
Coursework - 25% in Year 11
Exam - 100% in Year 10 and 75% in Year 11
key stage 5
For A Level, we offer the students the AQA syllabus. In Year 12 the students study 3 topics: investigation of climate change around the world, investigating tectonic and hydrological change and research methods and fieldwork on coasts. In Year 13, students study a breadth of 3 topics, indepth: sustainability of food, water supply; cities, and extreme environments; development, globalisation with the emerging Asia: China and India. They must also complete a Geographical Enquiry – this is the coursework option and students write a piece of coursework based one of the topics of their choice linked to the syllabus.
Exam Board - AQA in Year 12 and WJEC in Year 13
Coursework - 20% in Year 12 and 40% in Year 13
Exam - 80% in Year 12 and 60% in Year 13
Geography curriculum area offers a number of opportunities for the students to enrich their studies, both in school and on a number of interesting school trips and visits. These will include trips to the Olympic Park, the Docklands, the Natural History museum, River Chess, the coastal town of Hastings or Swanage and a prepared trip overseas for year 9-13 to Iceland or Italy.