Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. Throughout the subject you will study a good mix of topics such as urban issues, tourism, coastal environments, extreme environments, rivers and hazards to name but a few. The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions, which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes, which shape and change our world. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping, map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques.
You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs.
Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom is a really important part of Geography. You will have the opportunity to go on a range of fieldtrips both locally and further afield. This gives you a brilliant opportunity to experience some of the things you have learnt about in class, see things differently and importantly have fun. Geography is a solid academic subject that will allow you to develop skills from across the curriculum. It is well respected by universities and employers alike and will offer you a range of opportunities in the future.
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A Level Geography covers both the physical and human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It also, importantly, shows the applied side of the subject – how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture.
There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research, which will help students become independent thinkers and learners. By exam time, students will be able to show an understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate their answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.
Students have the opportunity to take part in a fieldtrip to the Lake District, Malham Tarn.
The Geography team support students studies by offering GCSE Revision classes and a Homework club.
In our Afterschool clubs students can get involved in Orienteering and Model making.
Mr K. Croniken
Subject Leader of Geography | BSc Geography – Edge Hill University
Mr B. Mears
Teacher of Geography
Of course, I love all the topics in Geography, however I have always been biased towards Physical Geography. I have always had a love for the outdoors and our planet ever since childhood! I try to convey this enthusiasm over in my teaching in an attempt to not only cover the important physical aspects of the subject such as rivers and coastlines but also that it is vital we look after this earth of ours! Human Geography topic would have to be Tourism. I love travelling and love learning about new places in the world and the culture that is there. I like to inspire students using examples in my lessons from the places I have visited, hoping that one day my students will travel across the globe discovering exciting new places and experiencing a whole new culture. In my lessons I always try to incorporate different learning styles to enable each child to access the curriculum. I also feel it is crucial to give students and GCSE students in particular the tools and knowledge to answer GCSE questions. This then gives the control to the students and ultimately leads to a greater level of confidence with the question and lead to a positive grade achieved.
Miss R. Taylor
Teacher of Geography
My passion for geography was developed quite late on, it was only through the Duke of Edinburgh Award that I became intrigued with the world around me. I find it difficult to choose between physical and human geography. For me, the most fascinating part of the subject is when both interact, for example, learning how humans prepare and respond to natural disasters or how indigenous people use natural resources of the forest to live, despite threats from the modern world. Traveling is my favourite hobby, I enjoy meeting new people, discovering parts of the world and learning about new cultures. A place where I did all of this was Asia, I loved my time in Thailand and Hong Kong- just not the part where I ran from a crocodile!As a teacher I want students to be inspired to travel to new places, I want them to be curious about the world and constantly ask... why? Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending my time outdoors, climbing Snowdon was a particular highlight of last year! Next stop…three peaks! I am also a keen netballer and play regularly.
Achieving grades A* - C at GCSE (2015)
Results from this course are excellent!
Geography is easily my favourite subject. I enjoy learning about the world around us and being able to put the skills I have learnt in class to practise during fieldwork.Ben Dewale