Geography

“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together” – Barack Obama

‘Fit for Life’ through Geography

Geography both provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds; promoting different scales of inquiry to view these from different perspectives. Geography builds essential knowledge of places and environments throughout the world whilst developing a range of investigative and problem solving skills. Geography forces us to ask important questions about the environment and sustainable development and establishes links between the natural and social sciences. As pupils study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures – this helps them realize how nations rely on each other and can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities as a member of the world.

Skills and Knowledge

Geography is a subject which builds on young people’s own experiences; helping them to formulate questions, develop their intellectual skills and find answers to issues affecting their lives. Students in Key Stage 3 will learn about the world around them. Our curriculum is designed to make students consider the local, regional, national, international and global scales within each module. Key Stage 3 allows students to investigate their personal geographies by studying a variety of modules including: Making Connections, Rivers, Coasts, Weather and Climate, Population, Plate Tectonics, Biomes and The Geography of Sport.  We also look indepth to countries such as Brazil and Russia. Students will also develop important map and graph skills to investigate how they are connected to the wider world. They also undertake fieldwork enquiries. 

Students in Key Stage 4 build on their knowledge of how places and landscapes are formed and link this to the diverse range of cultures and societies that exist and interconnect on a deeper level. The Key Stage 4 curriculum interleaves these themes into the human modules of Resource Management, the Changing Economic World, and Urban Issues and Challenges; moulded with the Physical modules of Natural Hazards, the Living World, and UK Physical Landscapes. The fieldwork element of the course reintroduces students to distinctive investigative tools such as maps, fieldwork and the use of data to formulate conclusions.

Communication and Community

A range of skills are required to be developed and honed in the Geography classroom. These include cartography, graphicacy, explanation and arguing a case. Homework will often require revision and recall, whilst encouraging creativity and widening their range of skills. As well as opening their eyes to the beauty and wonder around them, Geography acts as a source of inspiration and creativity whilst ensuring an appreciation for the attitudes and values which shape the way we use and misuse the world around us.

Assessment

Description Length Percentage Comment
Paper 1 1 hour 30 mins 35
Paper 2 1 hour 30 mins 35
Paper 3 1 hour 15 mins 30

Destinations

Geography is useful for a wide range of jobs and careers. Here are just some job ideas using Geography with an idea of the qualification levels usually expected. There are many more where the skills you have developed will be important.

REMEMBER:
• Research any ideas you may be interested in
• Check out different entry routes
• You may need other subjects (e.g. sciences) for some of the jobs
• Employers have different entry requirements, which may be higher
• Widen your horizons – don’t just stick with what you know

FOUNDATION LEVEL – (e.g. GCSEs grades 1-4, Foundation Diploma, Foundation Learning)
• Park Warden
• Coastguard Watch
• Coach/Lorry Driver
• Forest worker
• Emergency Services Control Room Operator
• Gamekeeper
• Deckhand
• Travel Courier

LEVEL 2 – (e.g. GCSEs grade 9-5, Higher Diploma, Apprenticeship)
• Freight Forwarder
• Holiday Representative
• Surveying Technician
• Merchant Navy Rating
• Town Planning Support Staff
• Estate Agent
• Tourist Information Centre Assistant
• Travel Agent
• Air Cabin Crew
• Civil Service Administrative Assistant/Officer (e.g. Depts. of Energy and Climate Change/ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs/ Immigration)
• Countryside Ranger

LEVEL 3 and above (e.g. A levels, Advanced/Progression Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship and often Higher Education qualifications)
• Logistics Manager
• GIS Specialist
• Estate Manager
• Town Planner
• Environmental Consultant
• Air Traffic Controller
• Teacher/Lecturer
• Mapping Software Designer
• Countryside/Conservation Manager
• Transport and Logistics Planner
• Cartographer