Geography (Y10-13)


Geography is a unique and diverse subject that will give you the opportunity to learn something new every day. If you study geography at CIS, you will explore the ‘awe and wonder’ of geographical phenomena and you will learn new skills every day that will help you as you progress into further education, whether it be sixth-form, college or an apprenticeship. You will learn everything from the risks from natural hazards (such as volcanoes and earthquakes) to the international issues that affect our society today, such as war, politics and sustainability.

Students will take part in two field trips: one to look at human geography (i.e. Salford Quays, Liverpool One) and physical geography (i.e. Prestatyn, Delamere Forest). We are also planning a trip to Iceland.

Here at Chester International School, we teach the AQA GCSE geography specification. Whilst students do partake in compulsory fieldwork, there is no coursework. The course is assessed by three exam papers at the end of the two years.

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Paper 1: Living with the Physical Environment Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment Paper 3: Geographical Applications
Duration: 1 hr 30 minutes

Topics include:

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The UK’s Physical Landscape
  • The Living World
Duration: 1 hr 30 minutes

Topics include:

  • The Changing Economic World
  • Challenge of Resource Management
  • Urban Issues and Challenges
Duration: 1 hr 15 minutes

Topics include:

  • Fieldwork
  • Geographical Skills
  • Application of Geographical Knowledge

International Baccalaureate: Geography

As an IB geographer, you will develop on your own experiences to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us.

You will develop an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas. The geography course embodies global and international awareness in several distinct ways. It examines key global issues, such as poverty, sustainability and climate change. It considers examples and detailed case studies at a variety of scales, from local to regional, national and international.

During the course, field trips will take place both locally and internationally. Students will conduct an independent research task relating to a geographical idea of their choice. We are also in the process of organising a trip to Iceland.

To study geography, you do not need a GCSE in geography. You do, however, need an open mind and a global awareness and a mature approach to discussing ethical issues. Watching the news daily often helps.

As you study geography, you will be equipped with the essential skills needed for university, the work place or an apprenticeship.

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Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 12
Geographical Perspectives
Unit 1 - Population Distribution Unit 2 - Global Climate Change- Vulnerability and Resilience Unit 3 - Global Resource Consumption and Security Unit 4 - Power, places and networks
Unit 5 - Human Development and Diversity
Unit 6 - Global Risk and Resilience
Year 13
Geographical Themes
A - Geophysical Hazards B - Urban Environments C- The Geography of Food and Health (HL) Internal Assessmentt: Field Work