Geography

Mrs J. Arman (Subject Leader)
Mr A. Staiano
Miss K Ash

Geography is taught across the Key Stages in the Geography Block. The department has 3 rooms, each equipped with interactive whiteboards and 30 laptops for department use. There is a shared resource area within the G-Block. The subject has a high take-up rate at both GCSE and A-Level.

Engaging with the wider world is a key strength and we have developed numerous local, national and international links, for example through , Fair Trade, charities such as Tear Fund and Water Aid, organisations such as Kent Wildlife Trust and cross curricular work with local primary and secondary schools.

Fieldwork is of major importance in each Key Stage. It is integral to study and is therefore compulsory for students studying the subject. It covers a wide variety of topics and develops a progressing range of skills and techniques. Fieldwork involves study at both a local level and further afield. Activities cover topics such as local studies of Dover, rivers, ecosystems, coastal landscapes, environmental quality, economic land use, inequality and landscape change. There is a very popular biannual department field study tour outside the UK. Destinations have included Venice, Florence, The Bay of Naples, Spain, The Netherlands and Slovenia.

At Key Stage 3, students follow the National Curriculum.

At GCSE, students follow OCR specification B. There are 3 components of study:
Component 1 Our Natural World (35%)
Section A: Global Hazards, Changing Climate, Distinctive Landscapes and Sustaining Ecosystems
Section B: Physical geography fieldwork.
Component 2 People and Society (35%)
Section A: Urban Futures, Dynamic Development, UK in the 21st Century and Resource Reliance Section B: Human geography fieldwork.
Component 3 Geographical Exploration (30%)
Section A focuses on synoptic assessment of material from a range of topics across both Our Natural World and People and Society
Section B will feature a decision-making exercise.

At A-Level, students follow OCR.
Component 1 Physical Systems (22%)
Section A Landscape Systems
Section B Earth’s Life Support Systems
Component 2 Human Interactions (22%)
Section A Changing Spaces; Making Places
Section B Global Connections
Component 3 Geographical Debates (36%)
This question paper contains five topics: • Climate Change • Disease Dilemmas • Exploring Oceans • Future of Food • Hazardous Earth.
Component 4 Investigative Geography ( 20%)

Non-examined assessment, which is an independent geographical investigation conducted by each candidate based on primary and secondary data, where students choose a research issue that best fits with their own personal geographical interests

All geography courses favour those who have an interest in world and current affairs. Geography is topical, relevant and useful. Geography at DGGS draws together the techniques of research, planning, problem-solving and decision-making, communication and presentation that employers demand today.

In 2016, the department was awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Kite Mark for Excellence for the 4ht time by the Geographical Association.