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.
Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning or experientially through travel, fieldwork and expeditions – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens and employees.
Key Stage 3
Young geographers follow a varied curriculum, introducing students to a variety of local and global issues. At all times we encourage students 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.
Key Stage 4
Geography is a popular subject at GCSE and many of our students choose to continue this subject in their further education. In 2012 we had the highest set of A-C grades, with 60% of the group achieving this.
At KS4 they study the AQA AGCSE geography qualification. This syllabus provides a balanced view of physical (natural), environmental and human aspects of Geography. We use case studies (examples from real life) from local areas to global examples.
The course divides itself into three areas:
• Unit 1 Physical Geography
• Unit 2 Human Geography
• Unit 3 Controlled Assessment
Students take all their exams for this subject at the end of year 11. In addition, students complete a controlled assessment and get the opportunity to go on fieldwork in Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park looking at the impacts of tourism.