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WideWorld Magazine – opportunity to subscribe to this at a student’s rate of £8.95 a year. There are 4 issues a year, each issue featuring case studies exploring the key topics studied at GCSE and grade boosting advice from examiners. To find out more go to www.philipallan.co.uk/wideworld

Or see Mrs Unwin for more information.

Geography Department at
Mark Rutherford

The department has its own suite of teaching rooms; there are currently 5 teachers with 3 classrooms dedicated to the subject for its sole use. Each room has a range of audio-visual equipment, including a projector, network points and a laptop trolley.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 - 9
The programme of study in KS3 reflects the changes to the curriculum, and links with our feeder schools.  Students cover a wide range of topics between Year 7 – 9, lessons are delivered in an interesting and interactive format, with active learning forming the basis of lessons.  These topics allow students to develop their skills and make progress in their geographical understanding.
Topics covered include –
Year 7 – The world around us, Rivers, Human activity
Year 8 – Coasts, Globalisation, Restless Earth
Year 9- Passport to the world, Cold environments, Climate Change and environmental issues.

Key Stage 4
At GCSE we follow the Edexcel, Geography A course.    The subject is a popular choice as a GCSE option.  The GCSE contains a diverse mix of subjects including both human and physical topics.  The qualification consists of 3 linear examinations.  The examinations require experience of Geography first hand in the field, students have the opportunity to attend two day trips where they use numerous pieces of fieldwork equipment and collect a range of primary data.  The data collected on the fieldtrips will be referred to in the examinations.  The examinations consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and longer 8 and 12 mark questions, as a result students must have good literacy and mathematical skills.

Key Stage 5
Many students opt to continue their geographical studies into A Level.  We currently deliver the AQA Geography GCE, this is a dynamic A-level, covering an array of physical and human topics.  Fieldwork is essential at both AS and A2.  All students will attend two day trips during Year 12 and a three day residential trip to Swanage in Year 13, the trips are essential to collect data and is vital for the component 2 paper at AS and the individual investigation at A2. 
Year 12 – AS - This consists of 2 written examinations –
Component 1 – Physical Geography and people and the environment
Content Overview: Section A: Coastal systems and landscapes
Section B: Contemporary urban environments

Component 2 – Human geography and Geography fieldwork investigation
Content Overview: Section A: Changing places
Section B: Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills
Year 13 – A-level - This consists of 2 written papers and a Geographical Investigation

  • Two linear examinations in Year 13.
  • Unit 1 and 2 are examinations, both worth 40% of the overall grade.  These units consist of a range of human and physical topics.
  • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose.
  • Unit 3 requires students to carry out an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field, 3,000–4,000 words in length.  The investigation is worth 20% of A-level and is marked by teachers.

Component 1 – Physical Geography and people and the environment
Content Overview: Section A: Water and carbon cycles
Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes
Section C: Hazards

Component 2 – Human geography and Geography fieldwork investigation
Content Overview: Section A: Global systems and global governance
Section B: Changing places
Section C: Contemporary urban environments

Component 3 – Geographical Investigation
Content Overview: Students complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field.  The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content.
We are working with other Secondary schools in the Borough to develop the opportunity for extra-curricular activities in the sixth form, including attending talks held by University lecturers.  In department we also offer documentary hours, these enable students to develop their knowledge and thirst for Geography.
The department is successful, vibrant, forward thinking and welcoming with a range of expertise and experience.
If you require any further information please contact – Mrs H Easom, Head of Geography at hayley.easom@mrus.co.uk

 

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Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: mark.rutherford@mrus.co.uk
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