Our inspiring Geography curriculum
The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it ever has done before. Geography explains why, and helps you prepare for these changes. Students enjoy the scope of material they cover in Geography, the insights it provides into understanding the world around us and the contemporary nature of the issues it tackles. Many students go on to study Geography or related subjects at university.
Geography has recently been described as “the must-have A Level”. It is inherently multidisciplinary in a world that increasingly values people who can work across the physical and social sciences. It encourages ways of seeing & thinking that make geographers eminently employable. Geography is a subject for our times.
Geography is the study of the complex interactions and processes on or near the earth’s surface and Man’s response to them. The AQA A-Level Geography course is a two year linear qualification which consists of three main areas of study: Physical geography, Human geography and Geographical investigation. Topics taught in the Lower Sixth will be examined at the end of that year in AS-Level examinations, although these results will not count towards the final A-Level qualification. Fieldwork is a requirement of the A Level course, and is completed during single day and residential field trips. A variety of fieldwork topics are undertaken, when students receive instruction in data collection and presentation techniques, statistical analysis and the interpretation and evaluation of results.
Lower Sixth: A combination of Physical geography, Human geography, Geographical skills and two days of fieldwork. Topics might include Coastal systems and landscapes, Hazards and Changing places.
Upper Sixth: A combination of Physical geography, Human geography, two days of fieldwork and a Geographical Investigation. Topics might include the Water and carbon cycles, Global systems and global governance and Population and the environment. During the Upper Sixth, students will complete an individual investigation which must include data collected in the field. The investigation must be based on part of the specification, should be between 3,000-4,000 words and is worth 20% of the A-Level. At the end of the year students will complete two final written papers.
Fieldwork remains central to our teaching throughout the school and is especially important at A Level. Residential field trips play a vital role in the preparation of A level students, giving the students essential hands-on experience of primary data collection. The Department also regularly travels further afield to experience different environments and cultures first hand. Recent destinations have included the south-west of Iceland, the Swiss Alps and Sorrento and Mount Vesuvius.
The Department currently occupies three specialist rooms, two of which contain interactive whiteboards. Each Geography room is equipped with a computer, printer, video/DVD player, amplifier, wall-mounted speakers and multi-media projector, with blackout blinds fitted to all windows. Specialist text books are issued to the A level students, and are used in conjunction with a wide-range of additional text books, ICT and audio-visual materials.