Mrs R Wainwright
Mrs H Keelan-Edwards
Mrs N Colville-Robins
The study of geography at Ripon Grammar School gives all students the opportunity to:
Mrs Wainwright, talking from her home in lockdown, explains why studying geography at RGS is so exciting:
Weather and Climate
Rocks and Soils
Hot and Cold Landscapes
Polar and Desert
Industry and economic activity
Aerial and marine
Use of natural resources – Energy - link to climate change
Russia and Middle East
Water security and management across our planet
Fourth and Fifth forms:
Unit 1: Living with the physical environment
Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK: Coasts and Rivers
Unit 2: Challenges in the human environment
Unit 3: Geographical Application
Critical thinking and problem-solving element of the course designed to examine your understanding and application of topics studied.
Fieldwork: 2 fieldwork days in two contrasting areas.
Full syllabus links for examination classes can be found here
Exam board: AQA GCSE Specification
A revision guide is available
Topic: Dynamic Landscapes: Tectonic Processes
Topic 2: Coastal Landscapes and Change
Topic 3: Dynamic Places: Globalisation
Topic 4A: Regenerating Places
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity
Topic 6: The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security
Topic 7: Human Systems and Geopolitics: Superpowers
Topic 8: Global Development and Connections; Migration, Identity and Sovereignty.
Fur days of fieldwork will take place during the A Level course to fulfil the requirements of the A Level. Two days are offered in Year 12, to Leeds and Hornsea and two days are offered at the start of Year 13, to Liverpool and Formby. These areas are contrasting landscapes and are essential to complete the course.
Non-examination assessment: Independent Investigation (9GE0/04) Non-examined assessment which is 20% of the qualification and based on 70 marks. This is based on two days of fieldwork in Liverpool and Formby.
A level examination format:
Paper 1 (Paper code: 9GE0/01) Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes making up 30% of the qualification / 105 marks on Topic 1, 2, 5 & 6
Paper 2 (Paper code: 9GE0/02) Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes making up 30% of the qualification / 105 marks on Topics 3, 4A, 7 & 8
Paper 3 (*Paper code: 9GE0/03) Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes making up 20% of the qualification / 70 marks based on Issue Evaluation
Full syllabus links for examination classes can be found http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Geography/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Pearson-Edexcel-GCE-A-level-Geography-specification-issue-2-FINAL.pdf
Exam board: AQA A level specification
Revision guides are available.
There is no setting in geography. Students in KS3 are taught in form groups; at KS4 and 5, groups are allocated according to timetabling dependent upon students’ choices.
Six weeks prior to examination dates students will be issued with a revision session timetable (which is also published on the website). All revision sessions are voluntary for students to attend and take place at lunchtime.
The department hosts a number of field trips to enhance students’ learning.
First Form: Students in the first term complete a half day field work investigation in the local area visiting Ripon market Place and the Cathedral area.
Second form: A one-day trip to the Holderness Coast to investigate coastal erosion and management, in the summer term;
Third form; A one day fieldtrip to a city.
Fourth form: Students have the option of attending a summer residential field trip to Sorrento, Italy. The trip includes excursions to Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Amalfi Coast.
Fifth form: A trip focused on the fieldwork skills required for the examination to York investigating the challenges and opportunities of urban living and river studies.
Compulsory: 4 days of fieldwork; two days in March in Leeds and Hornsea and two days in the summer term in Liverpool and Formby.
Optional: Iceland five-day expedition in spring/summer term.