Geography is about how your life is lived on your planet and why there are differences around the world. What could be more relevant to your future?

What will I learn?

Since the course is so wide-ranging it appeals to students with a wide variety of personal interests and there is the opportunity for students to develop these interests through the controlled assessment part of the examination. This takes the form of a geographical enquiry which earns 25% of the final marks. Data for the research may be collected individually or in groups; in the local area on an organised field study visit. In the past, field study days and weeks have taken place in the Lake District as well as our own locality.

Geography has much to offer the students in terms of environmental education, equal opportunities and economic and industrial understanding. It requires both scientific and humanistic skills and is welcomed by employers as a GCSE qualification since it is evidence that students can handle data in many different forms and interpret it to form valid conclusions.

As such it has wide ranging career implications but is particularly relevant in the fields of - distribution, marketing, business management, environmental management, travel and tourism, planning surveying, architecture, housing, local government, forestry, farm management, fuel and power industries, social work, civil engineering, meteorology and many more. The department strives for success for the students and interest and enjoyment for both students and teachers.

Why should I study this course?

Geography is offered as a three year course leading to the GCSE examination. Students will be accepted to take the subject as long as they have demonstrated an interest in the earth and our environment and that they have a willingness to study.

There is a new syllabus for 2009, under the umbrella heading of ‘Evolving Planets’. It will contain several major themes such as:

  • Population
  • Dynamics
  • Consuming Resources
  • Changing Countryside
  • Living Spaces
  • Making a Living
  • Coastal Change
  • Conflict, Restless Earth, Water World
  • Climate and Change

These are studied at local, national and global levels and much activity is based on problem solving. The case studies which we choose to illustrate these themes are as topical and relevant as possible. Our teaching resources are up-to-date and include not just a variety of modern text books but computers, maps, aerial photographs, and satellite images. All students will have access to these resources during their course.


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