Curriculum Intent

Intent:

The Nottingham Emmanuel School Geography curriculum recognises that a coherent understanding of geography enables young people to engage with and reflect upon the rapidly changing world around them. Our curriculum offers students the chance to explore their surroundings and develop their decision-making skills whilst feeling a sense of wonder about the natural environment. As students’ progress on their geographical journey, their appreciation of the importance of their role in current geographical issues will develop allowing them to become more conscience of their own social responsibility. The curriculum aims to give students the opportunity to develop their geographical curiosity about a variety of issues through investigation, both inside and outside the classroom with a number of fieldwork opportunities available. Students will develop an awareness of a variety of spaces and places at a range of different scales, they will assess the challenges and interactions taking place in both physical environments and human environments, whilst recognising the importance of adapting to these and recognising sustainability. Students should leave Emmanuel with an ability to recognise the interdependent nature of geography and understand that no geographical concepts can be applied in isolation.

 

Overview of GCSE:

AQA GCSE Geography (8035)

Students study the AQA course and are assessed in three exams at the end of year 11. These three papers are:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment (35%)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
  • Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
  • Section B: answer all questions (25 marks)
  • Section C: answer any two questions from questions 3, 4 and 5 (30 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment (35%)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 88 marks (including 3 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
  • Section A: answer all questions (33 marks)
  • Section B: answer all questions (30 marks)
  • Section C: answer question 3 and one from questions 4, 5 or 6 (25 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Paper 3: Geographical applications (30%)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 76 marks (including 6 marks for spelling, punctuation, grammar and specialist terminology)
  • Pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before Paper 3 exam
  • Section A: answer all questions (37 marks)
  • Section B: answer all questions (39 marks)
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose

Links:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc

AQA Website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035

Careers links:

The study of Geography provides numerous transferable employability skills that can be applied to a vast range of different career paths. Click here for examples of some of the employability skills Geography can provide.

 

Importance of green careers

The UK government aims to reach net zero in all sectors of the economy by 2050. Net zero means the amount of greenhouse gas we take out of the environment is the same as the amount we produce. You can read more about the Net Zero Strategy.

Many jobs can make a positive impact in different ways. Any career that helps the UK work towards net zero could be considered a green career.

You can also learn new skills in different industries whilst helping to protect the future of the planet.

You could work in an industry that directly tackles climate change such as environmentscience and engineering. Here are some examples of green careers in these industries.

Countryside officers give advice on how to manage, protect and improve the rural environment. You could conduct surveys, write reports and support local environmental events.

Corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners make sure companies work in an ethical way. You could create a sustainability strategy and make sure companies do not cause harm to the environment.

Recycling engagement officers run local recycling and sustainability schemes. You could also promote recycling in the community and give advice on waste management.

Wind turbine technicians maintain and repair wind farm turbines. You could work in rural areas or at sea to install, test and fix wind turbines.

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