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Aims & Objectives

Geography teaches us to investigate the human and physical processes that shape our dynamic world, our aim is to stimulate awe and wonder about the world to inspire students within our lessons. We believe that studying geography enables students to develop a range of skills which provide a strong basis for life long study.

In geography students will become:

Independent learners who can communicate effectively and respect different countries and cultures.

Successful learners, who are motivated to investigate, challenge and debate their opinions effectively with others.

Problem solvers who are enterprising and can problem solve suggesting appropriate routes for enquiry.
 

Future Opportunities

Geography could take you anywhere! The range of skills which geographers acquire is much sought after by employers and geographers have access to a wide variety of careers. Geography provides experience of a range of general skills including written and oral presentation, teamwork, problem solving, numeracy, computing, graphics, mapping, survey methods and research skills. Geographers are recognised as adaptable people who can be easily trained, while their broad understanding and range of approaches to the world and its problems are relevant to many different jobs.

 

Assessment

This tests the pupils’ understanding and skills level, as well as their ability to remember factual information. The work is assessed regularly, giving all pupils specific, individual targets that are used to inform future teaching. This enables all pupils to reach their full potential.

Curriculum

About the Courses…

At Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level the department delivers exciting issues-based courses that investigate the relationships between people and their environments. The courses are based on the use of a range of enquiry questions that provide the foundation for differentiation.

 

Fieldwork

There are numerous fieldwork opportunities throughout the courses. These include: exploring the impacts of tourism in Brighton, researching Rochester, a residential trip to North Yorkshire and many more!

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 pupils explore the world around them, including global interdependence and the incredible places that make up our planet and weather and climate. Year 8 investigate the more complex issues of development around the world and then move onto the physical processes in geography studying volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers and rainforests. They also consider the human implications that these physical processes have upon the people at a range of different scales.

Key Stage 4

Key stage 4

The AQA syllabus is followed for GCSE, students will explore the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom, higher income countries, newly emerging economies and lower income countries.  Topics of study include climate change, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use.

 

Key Stage 5

Key stage 5

We study Edexcel Geography for A level. This course has been designed to allow geographers the flexibility to explore key elements of physical, human and environmental aspects of the discipline. Fieldwork and research skills are a key feature of the course and will be undertaken at both year 1 and year 2. The study of Geography, through enquiry based learning, can develop an informed concern about the quality of natural and human conditions on the earth's surface. This approach helps students to develop their problem solving and decision making skills whilst fostering an understanding of human and physical processes that shape our earth. An increased awareness is developed of the geographer's contribution to understanding and attempting to resolve geographical issues and problems at varying scales. 

Units

Year 1 (Standalone AS qualification) Year 2
Paper 1 Dynamic landcapes
Tectonic processes and hazards
Coastal landscapes and change
Paper 1 Physical paper
Tectonic processes and hazards
Coastal landscapes and change
The water cycle and water insecurity
Paper 2 Dynamic places
Globalisation
Regenerating places
Paper 2 Human paper
Globalisation
Superpowers
Regenerating places
Health, Human rights and intervention
  Paper 3 Synoptic paper
All questions in the examination draw
synoptically on knowledge and understanding
from compulsory content drawn from different
parts of the course.
  Coursework
The investigation report will evidence
independent analysis and evaluation of data, 
presentation of data findings and extended
writing.

 

Where do all the Geographers go?

Due to the nature of the course pupils will have the opportunity to gain academic qualifications that are well respected. Employers regard Geography as evidence that potential employees are aware of their surroundings and possess the higher level skills of decision-making, problem solving, analysis and enquiry.

The traditional careers for geographers, in teaching, surveying and town planning still exist but there are many new opportunities in both public and private sectors. In particular there are new openings in industry and commerce, and this sector is now the main employment destination of graduates. Environment and 'green issues' are high on the political and social agenda and geographers who have a qualification in another subject, be it biology, economics, environmental management, a language or computer science, will be well-placed to take advantage of new career opportunities. In addition, techniques of GIS (Geographical Information Systems), which combine the geographer's traditional skills with computing techniques, are finding increasing application in such fields as natural resource evaluation, transport and planning, and public sector resource management.

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