Geography bridges the gap between Arts and Sciences. Studying Geography at Thetford Grammar School provides an equal balance between studies of the human and physical environment. Geography is particularly appropriate for those with a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the environment and current affairs, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate them effectively.
There has never been a better time to study Geography. Geographical ideas have become increasingly frequent in local, national and international debates on key issues including pollution, poverty, immigration, globalisation, and the increasingly common and ever more devastating natural disasters. Having knowledge and understanding of geographical issues has become essential in industry, government, science and education. At TGS we hope that studying Geography will engage students in current affairs and inspire them think critically and reflect on the local and global environment.
Students will have opportunities to investigate the course through field trips including Cambridge, The North Norfolk Coast and possibly Iceland!
- 21st Century Map Skills
- Water, Water Everywhere
- People and Where They Live
- The World of Weather
- Comparing Countries
- Bloomin' Rainforests and other Ridiculous Ecosystems
- People and Their Environment
- The Polar Regions
- Energy Resources
- GCSE Geography
- The Changing Landscape of the UK
- UK Challenges
Course Outline and Assessment Information
The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Geography A consists of three externally-examined papers.
The Physical Environment
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification. 94 marks.An externally-assessed written exam with three 30-mark sections (4 marks SPaG).
Topic 1. The Changing Landscapes of the UK – including optional sub-topics from which pupils choose two from three, 1A: Coastal Landscapes and Processes, 1B: River Landscapes and Processes and 1C: Glaciated Upland Landscapes and Processes.
Topic 2: Weather Hazards and Climate Change
Topic 3. Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management
The Human Environment.
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 37.5% of the qualification. 94 marks. An externally-assessed written exam with three 30-mark sections (4 marks SPaG).
Topic 4: Changing cities
Topic 5: Global development
Topic 6: Resource management–including optional sub-topics from which pupils choose one from two, 6A: Energy resource management and 6B: Water resource management
Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges.
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification. 64 marks. An externally-assessed written exam with three sections.
Topic 7: Geographical Investigations−Fieldwork
Topic 8: Geographical Investigations−UK Challenges
Physical systems. 72 marks. 1hr 45min paper. 24% of A level.
- Landscape Systems
- Earth’s Life Support Systems
- Geographical Skills
Human interactions. 72 marks. 1hr 4min paper. 24% of A level.
- Changing spaces; Making Places
- Global Connections
- Geographical Skills
Optionality – study 2 of 5. Geographical debates. 96 marks. 2hr 30 min written paper. 32% of the total A level.
- Climate Change
- Disease Dilemmas
- Exploring Oceans
- Future of Food
- Hazardous Earth
Investigative geography. 60 marks. Non-examination assessment. 20% of total A level.
- Independent Investigation.
At GCSE and A-Level, students are required to collect data from outside of the school on two and four occasions respectively. We visit Cambridge for our Human studies and Sea Palling on the Suffolk coast for our Physical studies. Throughout KS3 we aim to get out of the classroom as much as possible, visiting local places to collect data or to develop our understanding beyond the confines of the textbook.