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About learning at West Coventry Academy



Students study Geography once a week. Our mission is to inspire our students to questions the world around us, whether it’s why the rainforest is being destroyed or why wealthy countries have ageing populations.  Studying Geography prepares you for life, the universe and everything!

“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.”  Michael Palin


Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board :AQA

Is Geography for you?

Are you interested in developing the skills and qualities needed for today’s job market?

Are you interested in the earth and environmental concerns?

Do you have an interest in finding out about other countries?

Would you like to know more about your own city and country?

Do you enjoy taking part in field studies?

Do you take a pride in drawings such as posters, displays and diagrams?

Do you like using maps, computers and the internet?

What Will You Do?

Your course will split into three parts

  1. Human Geography: Understand patterns in cities such as how quality of life varies and why ghettos develop.  Explore our country’s changing population; how will we cope with a rapidly ageing population and discuss the migration issue.  Gain an understanding of the wider world, why are some countries significantly poorer than others.  Explore the different types of AID, understand how this can both help and hinder a country as it attempts to develop.  Understand why crippling poverty still exists in different parts of the world.
  2. Living with the Physical Environment: Understand the physical processes that shape our world and affect our lives.  We will explore the natural hazards that affect people in both rich and poor countries.  We will explore in detail deadly earthquakes such as the Haiti earthquake that claimed 230.000 lives and violent volcanic eruptions such as Pinatubo in the Philippines.  We will explore how these hazards can be predicted and managed.  Spend time becoming an expert on the tropical rainforests of the world, understand how humans, animals and plants have adapted to this environment.
  3. Fieldwork skills:  Develop transferrable skills that will be welcomed by many employers. Use questionnaires to explore issues in different environments.  Be able to make decisions based on original research.

Assessment Details:

There are three written examinations that will be sat at the end of year 11. There is no coursework at GCSE however there will be extensive fieldwork opportunities.

Possible Career Options:

  • Air traffic controller
  • Archaeologist
  • Architect
  • Civil Engineer
  • Volcanologist
  • Conservationist
  • Estate Agent
  • Environmentalist
  • Geologist
  • Armed Forces
  • Graphic Designer
  • Holiday Rep
  • Hotel Manager
  • Weather Reporter
  • Marine Biologist
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Social Worker
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Politics
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent
  • Charity Worker
  • and many more!

Further Education:

  • A/AS level in Geography
  • Level 3 BTEC Travel and Tourism