Geography at RPA

"The study of geography is more than about memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across cultures. And in the end it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together"

Barack Obama

Geography at Richmond Park Academy

In Humanities at RPA we want to create curious and engaged citizens who are informed about the truths of the past, comprehend the key issues in the world around them and are understanding and respectful of other faiths and cultures. Students who study Humanities should leave RPA able to apply their knowledge to real world situations to effectively and confidently articulate their viewpoints and be confident debating their personal beliefs on the big issues they face.

Who's who in the team

Ms L Bicknell - Subject Leader

Ms Northwood

Mr Likoray

Ms Potter

Geography develops students' understanding of key, relevant and engaging issues which currently affect the lives of our students and people around the world.

Students develop an understanding of the key physical and human processes which operate around the world, consider the impacts of these processes and creative ways to overcome the challenges they create. What is happening in Antarctica? How will climate change impact my life? Why should I reduce my plastic consumption? Why are some countries more developed than others? It is by asking challenging questions of what is happening in the world around them that students can get to grips with the challenges facing our planet.

In addition, geography develops a wide range of skills, including map reading, mathematical and fieldwork skills, as well as those of problem solving, evaluating and debating key current issues. Our students really are the key to the world’s problems.

What we do when

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have one 80-minute lesson of geography per week. Each unit at Key Stage 3 is centred around an enquiry question. They study the following units:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Key Stage 4

Exam board: AQA

Geography at GCSE is a balance of physical and human geography units and investigates the link between them. Students will study a range of case studies, both in the UK and beyond, studying and comparing countries at different levels of development. They will also understand their role in society by exploring different viewpoints, values and attitudes.

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Assessed with a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks, 35% of GCSE grade

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Assessed with a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes, 88 marks, 35% of GCSE grade

Paper 3: Issue evaluation

Assessed with a written exam of 1 hour 15 minutes, 76 marks, 30% of GCSE grade

All three papers will contain a combination of question types including multiple choice, short answer, open response and extended response.

Key Stage 5

Exam board: AQA

Geography at A Level explores a balance of physical and human units which reflect a range of issues in the world today; these allow students to explore the processes operating in different places, their impacts and ways in which these can be managed.

The students study six units over two years:

1. Physical Geography (40% of final A Level grade, written exam of 2½ hours)

2. Human Geography (40% of final A Level grade, written exam of 2½ hours)

3. Non-Examined Assessment (Independent Investigation, 20% of final A Level grade)

This is a Geography Fieldwork Investigation carried out in year 12 / 13 which consists of an independent investigation (coursework) of 3,000-4,000 words which focuses on an element of the course content using data collected in the field.  Students must also complete 4 days of fieldwork across the 2 years, of which this counts towards this requirement.

Who to contact

Laura Bicknell - 

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