Geography

Geography Strap

 

Aims and Values

The Geography Department aims to inspire our students to develop an interest in the world around them. We want for them to be fascinated and intrigued by the world. 
 
Through this intrigue, we would encourage them to develop questioning, reasoning and problem-solving skills. In addition to learning in classrooms, we aim to provide many opportunities for students to study geography outside of the classroom through fieldwork.
 
We want to help them develop their understanding of their place in the world and how their own and others actions can make a difference to the world we live in.
 
 

Overview of Key Stage 3

At KS3, we aim to build a core base of understanding and skills in the subject. Students receive a balanced curriculum with elements of physical and human geography.
 
Topics include traditional subject areas and contemporary issues which help to embed the cartographic, graphical and statistical skills they will need for GCSE.
 
 

Overview of Key Stage 4

Many students opt to continue their study of geography at GCSE, one of their ‘basket 2’ subjects. The GCSE course follows the OCR B specification 9-1.
 
Students study many core components of geography including Global hazards, Urban Futures, Natural Hazards, Dynamic development, the UK in the 21st Century, Resource Reliance, and Climate Change. There is a strong element of problem-solving and analytical skills within the course. Many of the issued studied are current and relevant and students are supported to make links to their everyday lives.
 
We provide opportunities for students to extend their learning outside of the classroom with two field trips in order to prepare students for their fieldwork and skills exam questions.
 
Pupils are assessed in three written examinations, which each contain a skills component. One human geography paper ‘People and Society’, one physical geography paper ‘Our Natural World’ and finally a decision-making and skills paper ‘Geographical Exploration’. Fieldwork is assessed in both physical and human geography papers.
 
 

Overview of Key Stage 5

Students studying Geography at this level are encouraged to broaden their understanding and breadth of knowledge of the subject beyond the classroom.
 
They should begin to make links between the topics within the course, and their other studies as well as how their studies apply to the wider world. Many of the issues studied are current, so a keen awareness of current affairs is helpful.
 
Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.
 
The A-level course follows the AQA syllabus. There is a strong focus on interpretive & investigative skills and analyses in both years. These are supported by compulsory field trips. 10% of the A level is composed of statistics, so some confidence is required in Mathematics. In addition to this strong essay writing skills are essential.
 
 

Who would it suit?

 

  • Are you interested in and inspired by the world around you?
  • Are you curious about the differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world?
  • Do you want to understand the causes of inequalities between places and social groups?
  • Do you think you can solve the world’s problems?
 
If so then geography is the subject for you.
 
 

What will you study?

 
At AS Level you will study: Coastal systems and landscapes, Changing Places and Contemporary Urban Environments, Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills.
 
At A Level you will also study: Water and Carbon Cycles, Hazards, Global systems and global governance, Geography fieldwork investigation.
 
 

How will you be assessed?

At AS Level you will have two 1.5 hour exams, worth equal weighting. One is on Physical geography and people and the environment and the other on Human geography and geography fieldwork investigation.
 
At A Level you have one 2.5 hour exam on physical geography and one 2.5 hour exam on human geography. Additionally, you will complete a piece of written coursework based upon fieldwork which equates to 20% of your A Level mark.
 
 

Enrichment opportunities?

Helping as a Geography Assistant in the department, Subject specialist conferences at our local Geographical Association branch, speakers from local universities, field work, residential visits, teaching and supporting GCSE Geography students.
 

Where might it lead you?

The most recent HESA survey of university graduates showed the unemployment rates for geographers to be among the lowest recorded.
 
The higher than average employment in professional and managerial roles and higher than average salaries of geography graduates reflects the knowledge value-added in the course of their higher education, together with their strong transferable skills base (Quarterly Labour Force Survey 2010).
 
People with qualifications in geography go on to work in a wide field of employment, e.g. business and commerce, urban planning, government, international development, resource management, geology, law, oceanography, environmental consultancy, meteorology and catastrophe modelling to name a few.
 

Who to contact for more advice?

Miss Keers,
whose favourite Geography quote is:
“Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems.” “Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today.”
Michael Palin CBE, President of the Royal Geographical Society