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Geography

Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly grounded in the real world and focuses on the interactions between individuals, societies and the physical environment in both time and space. It seeks to identify trends and patterns in these interactions and examines the processes behind them. It also investigates the way that people adapt and respond to change and evaluates management strategies associated with such change. Geography describes and helps to explain the similarities and differences between spaces and places.

Student Statements


“Geography is one of my favourite subjects, I am achieving an A*.”

“Geography is fun.”

“Geography is awesome. I love the fieldtrips.”

“I really enjoy Mrs Pengelly’s style of lessons.”

“It’s really interesting. I love finding out about the world.”

Year 7


Students will study the following topics; Introducing Geography, Investigating Countries around the world, Map skills, Rivers, Exploring England and India. Key questions we will be answering in year 7 include; how can I be a successful learner in Geography? How do we read maps? Where do we live and what is the British Isles like? What are the processes and landforms associated with rivers? Where is India and what are its human and physical features? This will involve a variety of lesson techniques that will enable year 7 students to grasp an understanding of the key skills needed to succeed in Geography, knowledge of their local area and of the physical and human changes in the world.

Year 8


Students will study the following topics; Tectonics, Climate and Ecosystems.  Key questions we will be answering in year 8 include; How do we read maps?  What are the causes, effects and responses to tectonic events such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis?  What factors affect the climate of the world?  What are ecosystems and what factors affect their location?  How are tropical rainforests used and is this sustainable?   This will involve a variety of lesson techniques that will enable year 8 students to grasp an understanding of the key skills needed to succeed in Geography, knowledge and understanding of the physical and human changes in the world.

Year 9/10/11


Description of the course

All students study the AQA exam specification.  For Year 10 and 11 this is AQA A. During Year 9 students are introduced to key skills in Geography before embarking on the exam topics.  This includes a study of climate graphs as well as a short investigation to introduce students to the route to enquiry.  Exam topics studied in Year 9 include Rivers, Development and Climate Change. During Year 10 we study the following units in detail; tectonics, rivers and changing urban environments.  There will also be a fieldtrip linked to the completion of a controlled assessment.
In Year 11 the following units are studied in detail. Coasts, tourism and development.

The balanced core of human and physical Geography covers knowledge of places, decision making techniques, problem solving and an awareness of environmental issues.
The course will include field trips to local areas that link to the topics studied and the controlled assessment.

Assessment Procedure

Regular end of unit assessments will take place throughout the three year course.  Internal examinations will take place at the end of year 9 and 10.  Year 11 students will be examined in December and March via an internal mock examination.

In the summer of Year 11 students will take two external examinations.  Unit 1 Physical Geography and Unit 2 Human Geography.  Each are worth 37.5% of the final grade.  Both examinations are 1 ½ hours long.
The controlled assessment is worth 25% of the total marks. This is a local fieldwork enquiry whicj includes a short report with illustrative data based on fieldwork.

Progression

By taking part in this course you will develop your skills of enquiry; analysis and evaluation. You will gain knowledge of the world around you and an understanding of the dynamic place we live in.
You may be planning to go to university or the world of work, whichever option you choose, the study of Geography will equip you with invaluable skills for the future.

Meet the staff


  • Mrs J Pengelly – Head of Geography
  • Mrs C Burns – Teacher of Geography
  • Mr J Strachan – Teacher of Geography

Career Options


The nature of working lives is changing. It is less likely that someone will spend all of their working life in one organisation or even in the same sector. If your career path is to be varied, you will need transferable skills and flexibility.Geography provides you with these.

You can work in the following careers with a Geography qualification:

  • Tourism and Management: Expedition leader, Travel agent, Tourist information officer, Travel writer, holiday representative
  • Environment and sustainability: Civil servant for DEFRA, Conservation worker, Environmental health officer, Architect or urban planner for sustainable projects, Forestry manager
  • The business world: Environmental engineer, Landscape architecture, Pollution analyst, Environmental consultant
  • Development and global issues: Aid worker, Charity fundraiser, Armed forces, Human rights officer, Economic adviser and analyst, Diplomat
  • Settlement: Planner, Housing manager, Surveyor, Urban regeneration officer, Estate agent, Town planner, Conservation officer
  • Social: Teacher, Social worker, Exhibition designer and curator, Advertising executive, Market research analyst,
  • Physical Systems: Coastal engineer, Soil conservationist, Hydrologist, Earth scientist, Weather forecaster, Risk assessor
  • Geographical Techniques: Census data specialist, Location analyst, Cartographer, Surveyor, CAD technician, Aerial Surveyor