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Year 13 Geography

Guidance for parents

What will students be studying in Geography this year?

In Year 13, students will study six topics for the contested planet paper; Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity Under Threat, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap and The Technological Fix. In addition students will take a single topic for the Geographical Research paper.

What are the major assessments this year?

As well as completing past exam questions for homework, students in Year 13 will sit a mock A level examination.

What will the current performance grade be based on?

Until their mock examination, their current performance will be based on past exam questions that they complete either in class or for homework.  Their mock examination result gives us a much better predictor of how they might do in the summer examination and will be used, together with the AS performance,  as evidence of their current performance on their written report.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

Your daughter should speak to her Geography teacher in the first instance and she may be offered additional support or additional reading to help her understanding of the topic.  She may be paired with another student to support her. 

How can I support my daughter in Year 13?

The best way to support your daughter is by talking to her about what she is studying in Geography and  about how she is getting on.  Students should be encouraged to complete homework in a timely manner.  Encouraging wider reading, appropriate documentaries, an appreciation of world current affairs are all useful to create a more holistic approach to her Geography.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

During Year 13, we strongly encourage students to work as independently as possible to prepare them for undergraduate study.  The best performing students are those who regularly review their class notes and read around the subject to consolidate their geographical knowledge and gain a deeper and more holistic view of the world.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the Head of Geography at office@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk if you have any queries about your daughter’s progress.