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.

At GCSE we follow the EDEXCEL A specification. In Key Stage 4 Year 10’s study UK landscapes, including rocks, rivers and coasts, as well as Changing Cities and Ecosystems. This is followed in Year 11 by studying International Development, Weather & Climate and Energy Resources. Two compulsory fieldwork days are completed during Year 10; one to Gatesgarthdale Beck and a second to Manchester.

In Key stage 5, our A-level students follow the EDEXCEL course, completing 8 units over two years – With topics ranging from Glaciation to Health, Human Rights and Interventions. Students complete an independent investigation on a Geographical topic of their choice, which is worth 20% of their final grade

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