The Geography department aims to motivate and involve students in world issues both in their immediate vicinity and globally. Geographers are charged with the task of viewing the world through two lenses: one being geophysical - studying the topography and physical landscape of our angry earth and the other being socio-economic - learning about the intrinsic importance of society and understanding how economic change can shape our lives. Geography must be a rigorous study of the real world. It must seek explanations about how the world works and help us think about alternative futures.
KEY STAGE 3
The KS3 Geography course at MCA is taught through termly continent themes - this allows us to give students a varied, intriguing and knowledge rich curriculum which will inspire an interest in our fascinating and ever changing world. Geographical skills and knowledge are the foundation of the schemes, but what sets us apart is our ability to select relevant and captivating case studies which spark interest about the world in our young people. Throughout years 7 and 8 students will explore Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America, looking at a range of themes throughout, including European culture, African environments, Climate Change, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and popular tourist coastal locations. Students will be exposed to a wealth of opportunities to learn geography outside of the classroom, conducting orienteering and a range of mini fieldwork investigations to show how geography is alive and all around us.
KEY STAGE 4
Geography is a popular subject at MCA and this is only continuing to increase. This is due to the wide variety of topics studied at GCSE level. Students in year 10 and 11 complete the AQA GCSE Geography qualification.
They complete three examinations;
Paper 1: Living in a Physical Environment (1 hour 30 minutes)
The Challenge of Natural Hazards
The Living World
Physical Landscapes in the UK
Paper 2: Challenges in the Human Environment (1 hour 30 minutes)
Urban Issues and Challenges
The Changing Economic World
The Challenge of Resource Management
Paper 3: Geographical Applications (1 hour 15 minutes)
There will be a new PIXL App launched soon which students will be able to download and use at home. It has a variety of activities and quizzes which teachers can assign to students based on their progress, or students can complete just for fun.