Geography

Geography prepares young people for the challenges of the future, by studying the environment and how people interact with it. 

This gives an understanding of the issues which confront society today and that are likely to create challenges for the future; these are through three main elements to geography: physical, human and environmental. Topic areas incorporate elements of each, which are taught either as studies of places or issues.

At Key Stage 3, Geography is taught in topics. Year 7 study topics covering a passport to geography and map skills.  Year 8 study topics covering areas of the world, including South America and Brazil, China, Africa and Tanzania, alongside units on plate tectonics, glaciation and coasts.  Year 9 study topics on the geography of crime, the UK today, me and the planet, rivers and geology, concluding KS3 with a personal geography project.

In Key Stage 4 Year 10’s will study rivers, settlement and tourism, this is followed in Year 11 by studying earthquakes and volcanoes, population and coasts. A small coursework module is conducted on the effects of tourism in Keswick at the end of Year 10.

In Key stage 5, Year 12 look at rivers and population in more detail as well as introducing the geography of health and cold environments. In Year 13 topics are plate tectonics, a study of the issues affecting world cities and ecosystems. Year 13 Geography students can opt to study an additional AS in Environmental Management.

Success in the subject can lead to jobs in a wide range of areas from police and armed forces to project management, environmental engineering and urban planning.

Departmental Head – Mrs J Lee

Programmes of Study