Geography offers a unique opportunity to synthesise the Arts and Sciences and as such, it provides a balanced background for studying global issues. The overriding aim of the Geography Department is to foster a passion for the subject, an appreciation of landscapes, an understanding of how they are formed and how people interact with the natural world.
Pupils are encouraged to build a comprehensive knowledge of people and places so that they can make sense of their physical and human surroundings. Fieldwork is also an integral part of the curriculum, with field courses arranged for each Year Group.
In February 2015, our Geographers travelled to Iceland to experience its unique landscape. They visited a wide variety of superb sites, including the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, the Skogafoss Waterfall and Solheimajokull Glacier. They even managed to spot the Northern Lights!
Many of our students choose to read Geography at university and qualifications in Geography can lead to a wide variety of careers. Past students are now working as landscape architects, tree preservation officers, tourism managers, surveyors and cartographers.
Pupils studying GCSE will build upon the knowledge gained in Key Stage 3. Topics explored in Years 7 to 9 such as weather, climate, rivers, population, environmental concerns and tourism are consolidated by the study of Physical and Human Geography at GCSE.
Study at AS and A2 Level strengthens students’ understanding by continuing the two main topics of Physical Geography and Human Geography. At this level, the topics are studied in greater detail and the depth of knowledge and understanding of students is significantly deepened, providing a sound foundation for the study of either of these strands at university.
It is also important that students are aware of current affairs, as these can inform global attitudes and developments
Students will be expected to read a quality newspaper on a regular basis to ensure that they stay up to date with topical items.