Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.
Geography informs us about:
- The places and communities in which we live and work
- Our natural environments and the pressures they face
- The interconnectedness of the world and our communities within it
- How and why the world is changing, globally and locally
- How our individual and societal actions contribute to those changes
- The choices that exist in managing our world for the future
- The importance of location in business and decision-making
For further information about the role of Geography please go to – Royal Geography Society – http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm
Young geographers follow a varied curriculum, introducing pupils to a variety of local and global issues. At all times we encourage pupils to identify and learn from the geography all around them. We have a key focus on developing geographic skills in preparation of both the potential of GCSE Geographers and as global citizens.
This syllabus will be in place until 2017. A new syllabus will begin in 2016 with first exams in 2018.
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Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.
Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions, recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography.
Why this subject is important?
Geography is the ‘what of where’. It is vitally important for understanding the world around us. Geographers question the world and seek to understand it, they explain why things are where they are. No other subject at school links so many factors together as one. Geographers learn vital skills like map reading, problem solving, decision making. They learn to link scientific factors alongside sociological, psychological and historical reasons for why the world is as it is.
Geography is on the news every day, from war in Africa, to closing of factories in the Midlands, to farming subsidy arguments in the European Union, to global climate change the list is endless.
What skills will students use?
There are so many ways of learning in geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques.
You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.
What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?
The topics change each year but currently Year 10 students study River Management on a 3 day residential trip to south Wales. This accounts for 25% of their final grade. All students studying Geography are expected to attend the Residential Fieldwork trip.
How is the final grade awarded?
Students undertake 2 GCSE Exam Papers at the end of Year 11.
Any extra-curricular activities?
Students are able to access the Geography Departments after school clubs. There are also Educational Visits organised throughout the year to enhance learning.
Progression – careers and further study
Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, managing the effects of hazards and climate change geography is an obvious choice. For careers in the world of business an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography.
If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as how do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies? If you are aiming at a future course in Medicine or Vet Med then geography is a good choice to give your A Level options the breadth that universities like as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.
If you need further advice, who should students speak to?
Your Geography teacher