Geography as a subject enables us to understand the Earth we are living in from a spatial perspective. Students have the opportunity to explore and understand the relationship between the Earth and its peoples through the study of space, place and environment. These three elements form the core of geography in Brownlow Integrated College. Students completing the Key Stage 3 geography curriculum in Brownlow will have acquired basic enquiry and generic skills, and have had experience of making value judgements through investigating issues from a geographical perspective. The study of Geography at Key Stage 4 in the school is built on the knowledge and skills students will have acquired in the junior secondary curriculum. These include the concepts and knowledge embedded in the various strands of the Environment and Society Curriculum.
Junior School Geography
Geography at key stage 3 is structured in a format designed to allow students to build on the previous knowledge and skills acquired by them in each subsequent year. Topics are interconnected and embedded in each study area is a set of generic transferable skills which students take with them through each year of KS3 in geography on to GCSE studies and which can also be applied across other subjects both at KS3 and KS4.
Year 8: Key Skills in Geography, Population and Migration, Weather and climate, Environmental Studies, Industry and Urban Geography.
Year 9: Weathering and Erosion, Natural Hazards(Volcanoes), Industry and Urban Studies
Year 10: Rivers and Coastal Studies, Natural Hazards, Urban studies, Weather and Climate, Global Development, Population and Migration.
Students have weekly topic related class assessments designed to promote literacy skills in geography. In addition, students are assessed throughout the year in four Assessment Manager internal examinations.
Senior School Geography
Geography is a modular course of study divided into Physical and Human geography. The structure of the CCEA exam board course is as follows;
Unit 1: Understanding the Natural World. Divided into 4 modules with an external written exam in June carrying a 40% weighting.
Unit 2: Living in Our World. Divided into 4 modules with an external written exam in June carrying a 40% weighting.
Unit 3: Fieldwork. Fieldwork activity assessed through an external written exam worth 20% of overall course.
River and Coastal Environments (25%), Changing weather and climate (25%), Restless Earth (25%)
Population and Migration (25%), Changing Urban Environments (25%), Contrasts in World Development (25%), Managing Our Environment (25%)
In addition to the internal KS4 assessment manager exams they sit students are presented with exam based practice questions throughout their course of study. This policy of on-going internal assessment greatly assists them in their preparation for the external written exams in June.
Careers In Geography
Geography is ideally placed to equip students with a set of generic skills transferable to various career environments such as meteorology, engineering, environment and the tourism industry etc.