Geography underpins a lifelong “conversation” about the earth as the home of humankind’ (Geography Association). It is this “conversation” that will enable students to make sense of the world around them by understanding the processes that create the features they observe and how the human and natural worlds interact and influence these features.
Miss K Blissett - Head of Geography
Mr G Muttock – Head of Sixth Form & Geography Teacher
Mr D Morgan – Geography Teacher
Mr C Hey - Geography Teacher
The geography curriculum is designed to inspire students’ curiosity of the world around them. Students are exposed to wide range of place based examples which will provide them with insight into contrasting societies and environments from around the world. Students will develop an understanding of the continuity and change within human and physical environments by studying the processes that operate in these environments and exploring the features that they create. Through a deeper understanding of the workings of the world around them students will become more aware of their world and specifically their impact upon it. Students are given opportunities to discover the importance of conservation and sustainability to help them to become respectful of the world that they are part of, in turn supporting their development as global citizens. Students are encouraged to think critically to help them to develop decision making skills so that they are able to articulate solutions to problems at range of scales from local and global. Fieldwork opportunities allow students to experience geography through the collection of data and the analysis of results and in turn draw their own conclusions. Whilst classroom based study aims through the sequencing of the curriculum and the design of lessons to enable students acquisition of knowledge and skills to lead them into the next stage of their geography journey.
GCSE & A Level
GCSE – AQA Geography (8035)
Paper 1 – ‘Living with the Physical Environment’, written exam (1 hour and 30 minutes), 35% of GCSE.
Paper 2 – ‘Challenges in the Human Environment’, written exam (1 hour and 30 minutes), 35% of GCSE.
Paper 3 – ‘Geographical Applications’, written exam (1 hour and 15 minutes), 30% of GCSE.
A Level – AQA Geography (7037)
Component 1 – ‘Physical Geography’, written exam (2 hours and 30 minutes), 40% of A-Level
Water and carbon cycles
Component 2 – ‘Human Geography’, written exam (2 hours and 30 minutes), 40% of A-Level
Component 3 – Geography fieldwork investigation
20% of A-level
Three teaching rooms.
The geography department has been pleased to run successful residential trips to Iceland where students get to visit waterfalls, geothermal pools, geysers, glaciers and experience the sites of the capital city; Reykjavik. Trips are also run in the UK and in the past we have visited Wales where students stay in Snowdonia National Park and have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork at a range of locations including a river site, a coastal site and the quaint village of Betws-y-Coed.
Useful Subject Links
A Level Geography AQA – Seneca (login required) - https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/blog/free-aqa-a-level-geography-revision/
BBC Bitesize – GCSE - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc
GCSE Geography AQA – Seneca (login required) - https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/seneca-certified-resources/geography-gcse-aqa/
Royal Geographic Society – Podcasts - https://www.rgs.org/schools/teaching-resources/ask-the-expert-podcasts/
National Geographic Society - https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/geography/