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Geography at Waingels is a popular & successful subject with a dynamic & motivated department. Our goal is to help students understand the world in which they live by encouraging them to ask questions & investigate real-life situations. Students at Waingels follow a diverse curriculum with a fascinating range of topics at Key Stages 3, 4 & 5.
Students have a very determined approach to their Geography lessons & we are extremely pleased with our 2018 results which were the best ever for the department. We are proud of our Year 13 class who achieved 83% A*-C (including one A* grade) & all those going on to higher education were offered a place at one of their top two university choices. Our GCSE results were equally fantastic with 80% achieving a grade 9-4! Of those students, 15% achieved a grade 9, a grade that is set aside for the top performing students in the country! 91% of our BTEC students achieved a Merit in Travel & Tourism of which we are also very proud.
The Geography Department follows the OCR B GCSE specification (first teaching 2016) at Key Stage 4 & the OCR 2 year A-level course (first teaching 2016) at Key Stage 5. In addition, we offer BTEC Level 1/2 First Award (equivalent to one GCSE) in Travel & Tourism at Key Stage 4 & in September 2018, we will have our first co-hort studying the WJEC Applied Diploma in Tourism (equivalent to one A-Level.)
To stay up-to-date with news in the department as well as interesting geographical articles & news stories follow us on Twitter @waingelsgeog.
Years 7 & 8
Students in Year 7 & 8 have four lessons over a fortnight covering a series of topics which build on their learning at primary school. We aim for all students to gain a strong foundation in fundamental geographical knowledge & skills to assist them into Year 9 & beyond. Some of the topics studied include Geography of My Stuff, Rivers & Coasts, Ecosystems, Tourism & Fantastic Places Around the World. Students in Year 7 & 8 have a number of assessed pieces of work throughout the year in different formats. These range from short exam style tests to independent research projects & will be assessed against a student’s individual flight path.
Year 9 – Transition Year
Students in Year 9 have four lessons over a fortnight. They cover a series of topics developed to give students a taster of those that are studied in more detail in the GCSE course. Some of these include Population & Urbanisation, Plate Tectonics, Development & Geography of Human Health. As students’ progress towards the summer term there is an increasing emphasis on exam technique within lessons. This is to ensure students have developed the fundamental skills needed to approach the examination format of the GCSE course. Students in Year 9 are assessed in the same way as students in Year 7 & 8.
Years 10 & 11
Students in Key Stage 4 have 5 lessons a fortnight.
Geography GCSE – OCR B: Geography for Enquiring Minds (First teaching 2016)
This course consists of 3 units. Unit 1: Out Natural World will cover a range of physical topics & is examined through a 1-hour 15-minute paper, worth 35% of the overall grade. Unit 2: People & Society will cover a range of human topics & is examined through a 1-hour 15-minute paper worth 35% of the overall grade. Unit 3: Geographical Exploration is a skill based 1-hour 30-minute paper in which students must demonstrate competent ability on using & manipulating data. They will also be expected to analyse information to make informed decisions about a topical situation. This paper is worth 30% of the overall grade. Throughout all three papers, students will also be assessed on their fieldwork skills that they gain whilst completing 2 days of fieldwork in Year 10 in a physical & urban environment.
Textbooks & revision guides that we use & recommend are:
- GCSE Geography OCR B (2016) - Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Geographical Skills & Fieldwork for OCR GCSE (9-1) Geography A & B - Hodder Education, 2017.
- GCSE Geography, OCR B: Geography for Enquiring Minds. The Revision Guide for the Grade 9-1 Course - CGP, 2016.
- GCSE Geography, OCR B: Geography for Enquiring Minds. Exam Practice Workbook for the Grade 9-1 Course - CGP, 2016.
Click here to view the OCR website where you can look through the specification & other course materials, including sample assessment materials.
BTEC First Level 2 Award in Travel & Tourism
The course aims to inspire & enthuse learners to consider a career in the travel & tourism sector and support progressing to a more specialised Level 3 vocational qualification in Travel & Tourism. We cover four units over the 2-year course including:
Unit 1: The UK Travel & Tourism Sector – 1-hour exam – 25% of final grade
Unit 2: UK Travel & Tourism Destinations – Coursework – 25% of final grade
Unit 4: International Travel & Tourism Destinations – Coursework – 25% of final grade
Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel & Tourism– Coursework – 25% of final grade
Click here to view the Pearson website where you can explore the specification as well as other course materials.
Students in Year 12 & 13 have 9 lessons a fortnight.
Geography A-Level – OCR (First teaching 2016)
Students will be assessed through 4 units. Unit 1: Physical Systems will be examined through a 1-hour 30-minute paper & is worth 22% of the overall grade. Unit 2: Human Interactions will be examined through a 1-hour 30-minute paper & is worth 22% of the overall grade. Unit 3: Geographical Debates will be examined through a 2-hour 30-minute paper & is worth 36% of the overall grade. Unit 4: Investigative Geography is a written report on a topic of the students’ choice & is worth 20% of the overall grade. The coursework will utilise the data collected on a 5-day field trip to Barcelona in the spring term of Year 12.
Textbooks & revision guides we currently use & recommend are:
- OCR A Level: Geography for A Level (Includes AS) Second Edition - Hodder Education, 2016.
- OCR A/AS Level Student Guide 1: Landscape Systems: Changing Spaces, Making Places - Hodder Education, 2016.
- OCR A/AS Level Student Guide 2: Earth's Life Support Systems: Global Connections - Hodder Education, 2016.
- OCR A/AS Level Student Guide 3: Geographical Debates: Climate, Disease, Oceans, Food, Hazards - Hodder Education, 2017.
- OCR A Level Student Guide 4: Independent & Fieldwork Skills - Hodder Education, 2017.
Click here to view the OCR website where you can look at the course materials such as the specification, including sample assessment materials.
Supplementing Your Geography A-Level Lessons
We have suggested that all A level students subscribe to the Waingels Twitter feed that has been set up. It features regular tweets from the exam board, BBC news stories, Greenpeace & other relevant organisations. Furthermore, there are often programmes on television & films that link directly to the topics studied, e.g. the Planet Earth II series to support the work on Earth’s Life Support Systems & films such as ‘Viceroy’s House’ which carefully outlines the events leading up to the annexing of India into West & East Pakistan.
Ultimately Geography is best studied outside in the field &, whilst students will undertake planned fieldwork, there are numerous places that students could visit at weekends or in the holidays to enrich their learning. They range from visiting the Dorset coastline with its’ stunning l&forms to the Natural History Museum Earth Science Galleries in Kensington.
Level 3 Applied Diploma in Tourism: WJEC (First teaching 2017)
The Applied Diploma in Tourism is designed to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge, understanding & skills associated with tourism organisations & activities. The qualification will provide a broad basis for further or higher education or for moving into employment, particularly within the travel & tourism industry. We cover four units over the 2-year course including:
Unit 1: The UK Tourism Product – 1-hour 30 exam – 25% of final grade
Unit 2: Worldwide Tourism Destinations – Coursework – 25% of final grade
Unit 3: The Dynamic Tourism Industry – 1-hour 30 exam – 25% of final grade
Unit 4: Event & Itinerary Planning – Coursework – 25% of final grade
Click here to view the WJEC website where you can look at the course materials such as the specification, including sample assessment materials.
Careers & future study
“Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths. Put simply, there is no such thing as a geography job; rather there are multiple jobs that geographers do!” Royal Geographical Society
Click here to investigate further where a career in Geography could take you.
Subject Leader: Miss E Quiggin
Staff: Miss J. Marshall
Mrs J. Shepherd – Part Time
Mrs E. Atkins – Part Time
Mrs E. Craig - Part Time