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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Year 9 - 10
The AQA syllabus is followed for GCSE by year 9 and 10. 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.
The AQA syllabus B is followed for GCSE. Some of the issues that we cover include; hazards (such as earthquakes and volcanoes, hurricanes and wildfires), tourism (including how global tourism has grown) and coastal environments (exploring our attraction to the coast and how we can manage coastal locations).
Key Stage 5
Year 12 students are embarking on the new Edexcel A level specification. This course will enable students to be inspired by their geographical understanding, to engage critically with real world issues and places and to apply their geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them.
Paper 1: Physical Geography; Tectonic processes and hazards, The water cycle and water insecurity, The carbon cycle and energy security, Coastal landscapes and change, 4000 word independent project.
Paper 2: Human Geography; Globalisation, Superpowers, Rebranding places and diverse places, Health, Human rights and intervention, Migration, identity and sovereignty.
Paper 3: Synoptic Paper - An examination on three synoptic themes; Players, Attitudes and actions, Futures and uncertainties.
Year 13 students are studying the issues based EDEXCEL syllabus. This course is defined to allow geographers to explore key elements of physical, human and environmental aspects of the discipline.
Course Content - Year 2
Unit 3 - Contested Planet
1. Energy security
2. Water conflicts
3. Biodiversity under threat
4. Superpower geography
5. Bridging the development gap
6. The technological fix
Unit 4 - Geographical Research
In this topic students will study one research topic. They will conduct extensive research into this topic and understand how to interpret and analyse this information.
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.