All students study Geography in Years 7 to 9. Thereafter, students may opt to study the subject at a higher level for IGCSE (Edexcel), A Level (CIE – Cambridge International Exam) and IB.
The department is well resourced with access to Smart Boards and computers as well as a comprehensive range of DVDs, texts and fieldwork equipment. There is also a wealth of online resources available in the Library and our online subscriptions which support background research. There are extensive revision materials written by the department for the external exam courses for students in Years 10-13 on the school’s VLE (virtual learning environment) accessible via the links button on Moodle (go to 'Portals and eResources' at the bottom of the navigation panel on the school website) and Google Drive folders. We are starting to switch our emphasis away from Moodle and towards Google Drive in this provision but the transfer is still on-going. The department has written its own resources to help develop students’ knowledge and ways of thinking including puzzles such as crosswords and grids known as ‘walls’ inspired by the TV program Only Connect and there is a Worth Geography Twitter account.
Years 7 to 9
During the first three years at Worth students study physical geography topics of rivers, coasts, weather, ecosystems, tectonics and natural hazards. Human geography topics covered include energy, population, migration, globalisation and development. We look at global warming and the strategies undertaken to cope with natural disasters where physical and human aspects of the course come together. There is also an early opportunity to use IGCSE style questions and students study techniques for success at answering these types of questions.
Years 10 & 11
The IGCSE course is assessed with one final end of course exam for the current Year 11 (2017-2018) and for the current Year 10 onwards (2017-2018) two end of course exams. Topics covered include coastal environments, hazardous environments, economic activity and energy, urban environments, globalisation and migration. There is a day field trip to West Wittering and Chichester to practise coursework techniques which are tested in the exam.
Papers 1 and 2 studied in the Lower Sixth cover the topics of hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, atmosphere and weather and rocks and weathering (Core Paper 1) and population, migration and settlement dynamics (Core Paper 2). Advanced Physical Geography Options Paper 3 teaches hazardous environments and coastal environments and the equivalent human Paper 4 global interdependence and economic transition in the Upper Sixth. All four exams are held at the end of the Upper Sixth.
Paper 1 covers 2 options topics for both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) which at Worth is the geography of food and health and oceans and coastal margins. In addition HL students will also cover geophysical hazards.
Paper 2 for SL and HL students is concerned with population, global climate and global resource consumption. HL students will also be examined on power, places and networks, human development and diversity and global risks and resilience.
A two-day residential trip to South Wales is a requirement for all IB students taking geography in order to collect the data necessary for their coursework investigation of a psammosere succession at Oxwich Bay.