GCSE Geography

A Level Geography

Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.

Geography is an academically robust subject which spans the social and physical sciences and promotes a lifelong interest and fascination in how the world works. It is part of the academic group of GCSE subjects and the Russell Group of universities has recognised geography as one of their preferred ‘facilitating subjects’; which supports an application into a wide range of undergraduate courses.

Studying geography also helps us to understand many of the issues we face in Britain and globally, such as how we might respond to the impact of climate change or be better prepared for natural hazards. It is the new research undertaken by geographers that is informing the debate about these challenges and helping us to navigate through the world’s geographically complex people, places and environments.

Geography should stimulate curiosity and a fascination for the world in which we live. At every opportunity we use our local environment for fieldwork enabling pupils to gain vital practical experience.

In Year 9 our bespoke scheme of work previews topics covered at GCSE and the essential skills geographers need in their tool box. Every year our pupils have entered the Shape the Future Competition which looks at ways we can move forward with the Sustainable Development Goals. In recent years the Government Department for International Development has praised the ideas of our pupils.

At GCSE, we follow the EDUQAS Geography Syllabus A which, through its selection of topics allows pupils to develop a view on, and make sense of the rapidly changing world in which they live. Focusing on the interdependence of physical environments and how human activity affects the environment and vice versa, it encourages an understanding of the need for sustainable management of both human and physical environments. Furthermore, pupils will learn to appreciate similarities and differences between places and people.

At A Level, we also follow EDUQAS Syllabus whose focus is to develop an enthusiasm for and competence in geography by using contemporary real-world contexts. The specification draws on both physical and human geography, explores people–environment interactions and encourages field work.

Pupils attend geographical relevant events organised by local universities, The Royal Geographical Society and The Geography Association. The department organises fieldwork excursions to Iceland to illustrate elements of the GCSE and A Level syllabus and to show pupils the sheer power of our planet.