Geography helps us understand the world around us and our place in it. Geography is about how people affect environments; how environments affect people and the places these interactions happen. Geography is issues-based. It investigates geographical problems and how we can respond to these challenges. These issues are always changing and Geography changes with them, making Geography one of the most dynamic and relevant subjects you can study.
Geographical issues include:
- How will climate change affect our future?
- Can Britain cope with more migration?
- How is my weekly shopping damaging the oceans?
- Why are coasts and place of conflict?
- Can we survive without the rainforests?
- How do we protect people from earthquakes and volcanos
- Do some countries have to remain poor for Britain to stay rich?
In addition to knowledge, universities and employers seek people with good transferable-skills (skills that can be used for a variety of tasks and activities). Geography develops a range of important transferable skills, including:
- How to observe, record, display and analyse data.
- How to extract information from a variety of different sources (maps, graphs, diagrams).
- How to interpret and analyse information to reach substantiated conclusions.
- How to problem-solve and make decisions about issues.
- How work effectively with other people.
- How to communicate ideas effectively using a range of techniques, including ICT.
Geography is taught as part of the REAL integrated curriculum in Years Seven and Eight. At GCSE, students study the OCR A Geographical Themes course, which prepares students for the same specification at Advanced Level. Geography was named by 2011 Russell Group report as one of the eight subjects which are preferred for entry to a degree course and as one of the facilitating subjects most likely to keep more options open at university.
GCSE (OCR A Geographical Themes)
Landscapes of the UK:
- The UK’s landscape and geology.
- Coastal landscapes, landforms and processes.
- River landscapes, landforms and processes.
People of the UK:
- Population and migration.
- Economic change and its impacts on people
- Diversity in the UK
UK Environmental Challenges:
- The UK’s weather and climate.
- Flooding in the UK.
- The UK’s energy mix.
Ecosystems of the Planet:
- Why are world ecosystems like and why they are important?
- How are ecosystems under threat?
- How can the management of ecosystems be more sustainable?
People of the Planet:
- Why are some places more developed than others?
- How do trade and aid help and hinder development?
- The impacts of migration and urbanisation.
Environmental Threats to Our Planet:
- How and why is our climate changing?
- How do extreme weather events affect places and people?
- How do people adapt and cope to extreme weather events?
Advanced Level (OCR)
- Glaciated Landscapes
Earth’s Life Support Systems
- Tropical Rainforests
Changing Spaces; Making Places:
- The demographic, socio-economic and cultural contrasts of places.
- Human Rights
Geographical Debates (two of the following):
- Climate Change
- Disease Dilemmas
- Exploring Oceans
- Future of Food
- Hazardous Earth
- An independent field work investigation and report worth 20% of the examination.
Is this the right subject for me?
If you enjoy:
- learning more about the world in which we live
- developing skills that will help you in other areas, such as IT and research
- completing some of your own practical work away from the classroom
- working in a team with other students
- learning through investigating and doing, as well as listening and reading
Then yes it is.
What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
Employers and universities value the broad range of transferable skills that Geography delivers. Geography fits neatly with sciences, arts and humanities and geographers also tend to have very good IT skills. Geography was named by the 2011 Russell Group report as one of the eight subjects which are preferred for entry to a degree course and as one of the facilitating subjects most likely to keep more options open at university.
Director of Learning: Mr J Sheppard
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