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Geography

KS3

“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

As a department, our mission is to develop students to become global citizens through the study the world we live in. We study a range of topics including the ever growing controversial topic of climate change, exploring whether the people of the Maldives will become the first climate refugees to more local geography such as the UK's 21st century challenges. Studying Geography prepares you for life, the universe and everything!

KS3 Geography


KS4

Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board :Edexcel B


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. Global Geographical Issues - 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. We will also explore development across the world and why there is a gap between the world’s richest and poorest countries before exploring the development and growth of cities.
  2. UK Geographical Issues – Explore the UK’s physical and human landscapes including rivers and coasts along with the UK’s dynamic changing cities. These topics are complimented with fieldwork skills. It will allow you to 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.
  3. People & Environment Issues - Spend time becoming an expert on the tropical rainforests of the world, understand how humans, animals and plants have adapted to this environment.

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 are 2 compulsory fieldwork trips (Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire and Birmingham) which will be assessed in exams.


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