Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the World in which we live. The world in which we live is likely to change extensively in the next 50 years. Our role in that change is more important than ever. Geography aims to explain these changes to pupils, how and why they are happening. It is a subject about not only now, but the future too.
Pupils studying GCSE Geography will follow the AQA syllabus, made up of three main components; Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geographical Applications. These topics cover a widespread area of geographical knowledge; from natural hazards and disasters, to the challenge to feed our ever growing population.
Year 12 pupils have the option to further their study of Geography by pursuing it at A Level. Geography is a unique A Level, 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 found along the plate boundaries, rivers and coastlines together with the atmosphere, weather and climate.
In addition to normal classroom hours, pupils will have a minimum of four days out in the field, carrying out relevant Geographical investigations. In the past pupils have had the opportunity to take part in field work in the Pembrokeshire countryside, the Isle of Arran, Naples, and the volcanic landscapes of Iceland.
Being such a diverse subject, with elements of Science and Humanities, Geography offers endless opportunities for pupils wishing to enter higher education. With many pupils going on to read Agriculture, International Relations, International Business and Civil Engineering.