Welcome to the Hampton College Geography Department! The Geography department is passionate about the subject and the staff convey this passion through Geography lessons.
- 'There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant courses you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable'
- Whatever your passion for the world - fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality - geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.
Director of the Royal Geographical Society
Our aim is to provide excellent lessons that not only stretch and challenge the more able pupils, but also assist less able students to access the curriculum. We use a variety of teaching styles that appeal to different learning preferences. These enable students to develop an excellent understanding of the world around them. In lessons we look at how physical and human processes interact, views that different interest groups will have about a geographical issue and why they have these opinions. We also look at the issue of sustainability; the idea that our actions can have an impact on the environment and how these impacts can be managed for the future.
At Hampton College the Geography curriculum is enhanced by extra-curricular activities. We see fieldwork as being an integral part of learning and as a department we are keen to provide opportunities to students whenever possible.
Students begin Year 7 by looking at the importance of Geography, and the skills that are essential for being an excellent Geographer. This is followed by a unit of work which looks at Fantastic Places around the world, which starts to link together human and physical processes and environments. Also in Year 7, we look at Britain and how our nation is shaped, Britain’s role in Europe, and finally a study about issues to do with food and food production.
In Year 8, we build on the work from Year 7, and focus more on places around the world, and how they compare and contrast to Britain. We investigate China, as an example of a Newly Industrialised Country (NIC) and Brazil as a country with varying human and physical differences. Also during Year 8 we study the way rivers shape our landscape and influence our lives, as well as cause problems linked to flooding. Finally, we look at Cold Environments and why Antarctica is such a unique location in the world, and conclude the year looking at the Geography of Sport, including the Football industry and the Olympic Games.
Year 9 begins with looking at the issue of development around the world, which takes a closer look at the continent of Africa and how it contrasts. We follow that by investigating Natural Hazards, Climate Change and the Weather, all topics that look forward to preparation for GCSE Geography.
Year 10 and Year 11
GCSE students will be studying for the Geography GCSE from the AQA exam board.
There are 3 exams, 2 are based on the material we learn in class, worth 70% of the GCSE. The other exam is worth 30% and is about analysing geographical information and about conducting information through fieldwork. It is based on an information booklet released to the school before the exam.
This course focuses on geographical issues and the management of these issues. It aims to develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these to our changing world. Students will develop their geographical skills and their problem solving skills. Map work, field work and the use of ICT, GIS and GPS equipment are an important part of this GCSE course. Within each unit, a variety of places around the world will be studied. There are 6 main units, 3 that are mainly Physical Geography, and 3 that are Human Geography:
1) Natural Hazards;
This unit looks at tectonic hazards (earthquakes and volcanoes) and climatic hazards (like tropical storms) and the impact of climate change. It looks at the distribution of these hazards, the causes, the effects and management of natural hazards.
2) The Living World;
This unit will look at ecosystems around the world, focusing on the Tropical Rainforest and Hot/Cold Environments, and how plants, animals and people interact with those environments.
3) River and Coastal landscapes in the UK;
This unit will look at how river and coastal processes shape the landscape of the UK, and how those processes can impact people.
4) Urban Issues and Challenges;
This unit looks at the growth of cities around the world and the challenges and opportunities this may bring.
5) The Changing Economic World;
This unit looks at development around the world. It looks at the jobs people do around the world, why these vary, and the impact that changing employment can have on a country.
6) The Challenge of Resource Management;
This unit looks at the study of resources and how we use them, with a focus on food, water and energy.
As part of the course all students need to do 2 days fieldwork, based in 2 differing environments. Currently we take students to Sheffield to look at Urban Regeneration and Hunstanton to look at Coastal processes.
We also run some optional GCSE visits and we have been to Iceland and Southern Italy in recent years.
Year 12 follow the recently updated version of the Edexcel A level course.
The specification is designed to address key ideas and debates in our world today, such as climate change, globalisation, urban regeneration and management of the world’s resources. Students will find the course both modern and engaging. They will explore a range of issues and examine potential solutions to them.
Topics to be studied throughout the 2 years include:
Topic 1: Tectonic Processes and Hazards Tectonic processes - a study of the causes of tectonic hazards, the impact of tectonic activity on people, and responses to tectonic hazards
Topic 2: Landscape Systems, Processes and Change - A study of the coastal landscape system and the physical and human processes influencing change over time and space.
Topic 3: Globalisation - A study of globalisation, its causes and consequences for different people and places.
Topic 4: Rebranding Places - A study of how and why places are shaped and changed, the meanings and identities attached to different places and the consequences for different people.
Topic 5: The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity - Water cycle, human and natural factors that impact on water cycling, consequences for water security and future water conflicts.
Topic 6: The Carbon cycle and Energy Security - Carbon cycle, human and natural factors impacting on carbon cycling, the consequences for ecosystems and management strategies.
Topic 7: Climate Change Futures - Exploring the links between the carbon and water cycles through climate change.
Topic 8: Superpowers - the reasons for shifting economic and political power, the impacts of superpowers, influence of superpowers in governing the global commons.
Topic 9: Global Development and Connections – Either Human Rights and Intervention or Migration, Identity and Sovereignty
'A' level students must complete a minimum of four days of fieldwork. This fieldwork will be carried out in relation to physical and human geography, and will help you to answer questions on the exam, and to complete your independent investigation. The fieldwork is a mixture of day trips, and a residential visit, and is essential for successful completion of the course.
Year 13 (Sept 2016 – June 2017) will complete the last year of their 'A' level with the original Edexcel exam board.
Topic Year 13 will study to finish their course are:
Contested Planet: includes Energy Security, Biodiversity under threat, Water conflicts, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, The Technological Fix.
We see fieldwork as being an integral part of learning, and as a department we are keen to provide opportunities to students whenever possible. We have taken students to visit local farms, and recycling facilities at Key Stage 3, and during Enrichment Week in the summer we have visited Paris and Birmingham with Year 9. We also use the surroundings of the college / Hampton to do fieldwork and data collection.
At Key Stage 4 we have visited the city of Sheffield to investigate urban land use change and shopping patterns, as well as locations on the North Norfolk coast to do fieldwork link to coastal processes. More recently, we have started international trips for GCSE and ‘A’ Level Geographers to experience locations we use as case studies, visiting Iceland in 2016, and Italy for 2017. At Key Stage 5, where fieldwork is essential, we have visited London Docklands to look at regeneration and rebranding, the Norfolk coast to study coastal change, as well as a weekend residential in Wales. We are always looking at new opportunities for students to experience Geography in the field.
Click here to see photos from our Iceland, Paris and Wales fieldwork trips.