To fulfil our aims and objectives the department will implement the Northern Ireland Programme of Study at Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4 and at ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ levels the department will follow the CCEA specifications.
Key Stage 3
The schemes, based on the Northern Ireland Revised Curriculum, cover the following topics:-
Map Skills 8
Me and My World
The Place where I Live
Map Skills 9
Rich World, Poor World
- Map Skills 10
- Jigsaw Earth
- Natural Environments
- Last One Out...
Key Stage 4
At GCSE level we follow the CCEA syllabus. This is divided into two units (each worth 37.5% of the final mark), each covering three themes.
Unit 1- Understanding Our Natural World
Theme A – The Dynamic landscape
Theme B - Our Changing Weather and Climate
Theme C – The Restless Earth
Unit 2 - Living in Our World
Theme A – People and Where They Live
Theme B - Contrasts in World Development
Theme C - Managing Our Resources
In addition students complete one piece of fieldwork-based Controlled Assessment, worht 25% of the final mark.
Sixth Form Studies
At ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ level the students follow the CCEA specifications.
At ‘AS’ level two modules are studied:-
Module AS 1
(i) Fieldwork - Students carryout one fieldwork exercise. They then write a 100 word summary and create a data table which is taken into the exam and is the basis for the exam questions.
(ii) Physical Processes and Human Interaction
Module AS 2
(i) Skills and Techniques in Geography
(ii) Human Processes, Systems and Outcomes.
At A2 level two modues are studied:-
Module A2 1:
(i) Human Geography: three options – students need to study two from:
−Impact of Population Change;
−Issues in Ethnic Diversity; and
−Planning for Sustainable Settlements; and
(ii) Global Issues: the study of global debates and their context – students need
to study one from:
−The Global Warming Debate;
−The Nuclear Debate;
−The GM Crops Debate; and
−The Ecotourism Debate;
Module A2 2:
(i) Physical Geography: three options – students need to study two from:
− Fluvial and Coastal Environments;
− Nature and Sustainability of Tropical Ecosystems; and
− The Dynamic Earth; and
(ii) Decision-Making - this takes the form of a case study where students are given an issue of Geographical significance, with a range of material and data.