All pupils study Geography in Years 8, 9 and 10. Our KS3 Programme provides varied and interesting learning experiences under the following headings:
- Geographical Skills (mapwork, research, data handling, presentation and communication skills);
- Geographical Themes (Rocks and Processes of Landscape Development, Weather and Climate, Ecosystems, Population, Settlement, Economic Activities);
- Places and Locational Knowledge (Ireland – the counties, main towns, rivers, loughs and mountains; the capital cities of England, Scotland and Wales; the member states and capital cities of the European Union; the continents and oceans and major lines of latitude and longitude of the world.;
- Issues (Environmental Issues; World Development Issues);
- Contribution to Educational Themes (ICT, Careers, Cultural Heritage, Health Education, Economic Awareness).
ICT is used extensively to enhance learning and the pupils are given many opportunities to research information, create presentations,create podcasts, analyse data and record findings using the school's ICT network.
The geography department promotes careers in their curriculum by taking out all year 9 students to a local industry such as Seagate, Coolkeeragh, Axa, Derry city airport etc
All year 10 students will go to the Giant's Causeway in collaboration with the Science department.
At St Mary's College at GCSE
level we follow the CCEA specification for geography. The current year 11 pupils are following the new Geography GCSE specification, whereas the current year 12 students are following the old Geography GCSE specification. The key difference in the old and new specification in geography is the removal of the controlled assessment unit and the replacement of it with a fieldwork exam ( unit 3).
At GCSE level ( old specification) the subject is divided into 3 modules:
- Unit 1 - Understanding our Natural World (37.5%)
- Unit 2 - Living in Our World (37.5%)
- Unit 3 - Controlled Assessment (25%)
In Year 11
at St Mary's College, the pupils complete module 1 which consists of 3 themes:
- Theme A: The Dynamic Landscape
- Theme B: Our Changing Weather and Climate
- Theme C: The Restless Earth
In Year 12
at St Mary's College, the pupils complete module 2 which consists of 3 themes:
- Theme A - People and Where they live
- Theme B - Contrasts in World Development
- Theme C - Managing Our Resources
Also in year 12 the pupils complete a controlled assessment based on a river study. The titles of the controlled assessments change on an annual basis.
At St Mary's College we study the NICCEA new specification for A Level Geography. The subject is divided into Physical and Human Geography modules that are examined in May/June of each year. Currently, Mrs Mulligan teaches geography at both AS and A2 level.
Geography at AS level is composed of 3 modules:
AS1 -- Physical Geography
( 40% of AS) , AS2 -- Human Geography
( 40% of AS) and AS3 -- Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography
( 20% of AS).
At St Mary's College, AS geography pupils study the following topics in detail as part of the physical module (AS1)
- Weather and Climate a
As part of the human module (AS2)
in geography, AS students study:
- Settlement and
As part of the Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography module
the pupils will answer two questions. The first question will require the pupils to present, analyse, interpret and evaluate the primary data they collected whereas the second question will require the pupils to apply their geographical skills to qualitative and quantitative data that the pupils are provided with.
Pupils will be examined in this module in the May/June of their AS year.
Geography at A2 level is composed of 3 modules: A21 -- Human Geography ( 40%) and Global Issues and A2 2 (40%) -- Physical Geography and A23 (20%) Decision Making.
pupils will complete all 3 modules in the June of year 14.
There are 3 parts to this module.
Section A: Human Geography
- you must choose two questions to answer about three human geography topics. We will be studying
Section B: Global Issues
- Population and Development.(Parts 1 and 2)
- in addition we must consider one question that concerns a particular urban issue. We will be looking at Tourism for this (Part 3)
pupils will complete this module Physical Geography and Decision Making
in the June of year 14.
There are 3 parts to this part of the course.
Section A: Physical Geography
- you must choose two questions to answer about three physical geography topics. We will be studying Ecosystems and earthquakes and volcanoes.(Parts 1 and 2)
: The pupils will also have to complete a decision making exercise which will take the form of a casestudy.