Geography is a subject that attracts open-minded students who want to know about the world. Our Geography Team at Uxbridge High School offer a wide range of experiences both 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 Geography classrooms are well-equipped with maps, atlases and have interactive whiteboards.
There are 3 full-time members of staff who are all Geography specialists.
key stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study a wide range of topics from basic geographical skills to the development of geo-politics in the 21st Century. In Year 7 students focus on map skills and the UK, the future sustainability of ecosystems such as the arctic and the tropical rainforest. In Year 8 students will discover globalisation through the subject of megacities, the challenges of the development gap between high income and low income countries and the impact of both tectonic and weather hazards.
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 natural and tectonic hazards, climate change, ecosystems and urban issues and challenges.
In Years 10 and 11 the students follow the 6 major units that make up the AQA syllabus. Students learn a broad range of topics from urbanisation to UK physical landscapes including coastal and river landscapes. Both years study a mixture of physical and human geographical topics with many geographical (and key employability), skills being embedded into many lessons. The course incorporates two pieces of fieldwork outside the classroom, one fieldtrip in Year 10 to Swanage in Dorset to look at coastal environments and the second fieldtrip is to London Docklands looking at urban regeneration projects.
Exam Board - Year 10 and 11 AQA
Exam - Paper 1 = 35% Paper 2 = 35% Paper 3 = 30%
key stage 5
For A Level we offer students the Edexcel syllabus. In Year 12 the students study Tectonic processes and hazards, Globalisation, Coastal landscapes and change and either Regenerating Places OR Diverse Places.
In Year 13 the students study The Water Cycle and water insecurity, The Carbon Cycle and energy security, Superpowers and Health, Human Rights and Intervention.
They must also complete a Geographical Enquiry and individual investigation whereby students write a piece of coursework based on one of the topics of their choice which is linked to the syllabus.
Fieldtrips will include a trip to the Jurassic coastline in Dorset to study coastal landscapes and London’s Stratford Olympic Park as an example of regenerating places.
Exam Board - Year 12 and 13 Edexcel
Exam - Paper 1 = 30% Paper 2 = 30% Paper 3 = 20%
Coursework - Paper 4 = 20%
The Geography curriculum area offers a number of opportunities for the students to enrich their studies, both in school with lunchtime Geography Clubs and on a number of interesting geography fieldtrips and visits. These will include trips to The Living Rainforest, Natural History Museum, London Docklands and Olympic Park at Stratford, Swanage, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in Dorset with a view to planning fieldtrips abroad in future for Years 9-13 to Sicily, Italy to see Mount Etna.