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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.

journey-geographyYour Child’s Journey in Geography

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In Key Stage 3 Geography students are encouraged to ask why, to not settle for the supposedly simple answers but to explore further. Why does crime exist in different areas? Why do volcanoes erupt? Why is the Earth warming up?  Why do some people not have access to a basic education?
We then challenge the students to develop these ideas and explore the long term impacts they have on people and the environment in the future.  Students have to be aware of the world that they are growing up into and how they can be involved in the shaping of it.
Through enquiry based learning students research and learn about the key topics within Geography.
Students can opt to study GCSE Geography and will have three lessons a week.
GCSE Geography is an increasingly popular option at Accrington Academy. Students undertake a range of Physical and Human Geography topics to encourage them to challenge preconceived ideas about the world around them.
In Physical Geography students are currently studying the Geography of our Coasts, Rivers and the Restless Earth beneath our feet that produces volcanoes and earthquakes.  In Human Geography students study the world’s changing population, the developing patterns of tourism, and how our towns and cities are ever changing.
At GCSE students are encouraged to work more independently, specifically in their Controlled Assessment, which is a fieldwork based activity.  Last year students visited the Lake District to help them complete this task.  Although students may find this challenging at first, the reward of achievement makes it all worthwhile.  To help them prepare for this some of our GCSE students take part in the annual YMCA Lakeside Challenge in the Lake District to help develop their skills.  As a result of this the breadth of skills that are developed in Geography make it a well regarded option subject by future employers.

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.

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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


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