Updated: Wed 28 Nov 2012
The study of Geography at KS3 aims to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. The course helps students make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
The course aims to develop students Geographical Enquiry skills. Students are encouraged to question, investigate and critically think about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future. Fieldwork and out of class learning is an essential element of this. Students learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography intends to inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
As a department the key to successful teaching, and more importantly, learning by our students is through first hand practical opportunities… hence we feel that studying the Olympic Village as well as the role of the Thames Barrier and 'Iceland:- The land of Fire + Ice' offer essential experiences...full of insights which support the delivery of our geography curriculum at KS3’’ Geography Department 2011.
The study of Geography at KS4 aims to actively engage students in the process of Geography, developing them as effective independent learners as well as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Students develop a knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and an appreciation of the relevance of these concepts to our changing world. The course fosters an appreciation of the differences and similarities between people’s environments, societies and cultures. Students will develop an understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens and of the ways in which they can contribute to a future that is sustainable and inclusive. All students will apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning opportunities which will include day and residential trips to field study centres in the UK as required by the course. The IGCSE is taught over 2 years allowing for the required 5 out of 9 topics to be studied.
The ‘life skills’ that the Geography department develops through the IGCSE are applicable to nearly all other academic subjects whether students decide on an Art or Science route in their A-Levels. Our aim is to improve each individual student’s key functional skills in literacy, numeracy, ICT as well as their personal enquiry skills. The subject’s required multidiscipline approach is further enhanced by our range of out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities, making Geography an attractive subject to study at GCSE as well as highly rated by universities, and future employers.
Geography represents a highly respected academic subject at A-Level, complementing both the science and art backgrounds. The Geography course develops a wide-range of prized skills for being successful as an undergraduate at university. Employers value the comprehensive computer, research, and analytical skills that Geography graduates bring to work as employees. There are many options and potential careers for Geography graduates in Law, Business and Management, International Marketing, Surveying, Environmental Science, Climatology, Oceanography and Emergency Management.