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There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant subjects you could choose to study. Geographers are also highly employable.
By studying Geography, you should have knowledge and understanding of:
- Why our human and physical environments and landscapes appear as they are, how they form and operate, and how they inter-relate at various scales
- How and why patterns of human and physical features differ from place to place across the earth
- Differences and inequality within the human world; especially the economic, social and political causes of inequality and economic development
- The importance of different spatial scales – global to local –and time scales for physical and human processes, together with their interactions and interdependence.
By studying Geography, you will gain valuable skills:
- Intellectual skills, such as critically evaluating theories and judging evidence in order to make informed decisions and to develop reasoned arguments
- Research skills, such as using a range of technical methods for the collection and analysis of spatial and environmental data, and undertaking fieldwork
- Transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem solving, IT skills, communication skills (presentation, writing, debating)
- Personal attributes, such as time-management, development of responsibility, coping with uncertainty, self-reflection, motivation, flexibility, and creativity
The Geography department at Colston’s Girls’ School Academy looks forward to introducing you to the many and varied aspects of our subject.
We use a large variety of resources such as web sites, video clips, maps, satellite photos, atlases, newspaper reports, DVDs and interactive whiteboards.
For GCSE we use textbooks written specifically for the course We also encourage the students to subscribe to ‘Wide World’ a geographical magazine written specifically for GCSE students.
Years 7 - 9
- What is Geography?
- Map skills
- Rivers and flooding
- Independent country study
- Biomes – Tropical Rainforests, Savanna and deserts.
- Economic activity
- Climate change
- Tectonic hazards
- The geography of war
- Weather and Climate
- Geographical skills
Years 10 - 11
At GCSE we study AQA syllabus. This course is a combination of physical and human geography and is summarised in the table below:
1. LIVING WITH THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
- Ecosystems: Tropical rainforests and Hot deserts
- Natural Hazards: Tectonic hazards, weather hazards, climate change
- UK Physical Landscapes: Coastal and river landscapes in the UK
2. CHALLENGES IN THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT
- The Changing Economic World: Economic development
- The Development gap, economy of the UK
- Urban Issues and Challenges: Urban growth, urban change in UK
- Management of Resources: Food, water and energy and human development, demand and resources in UK
3. GEOGRAPHICAL APPLICATIONS
- Section A: Issue Evaluation
- Critical thinking and decision making element based on contemporary geographical issues
- Section B: Fieldwork
During the duration of the GCSE course the students will carry out two fieldtrips, one in year 10 and one in year 11.
Why Study Geography?
Geography is a contemporary, exciting and engaging subject that provides students with an understanding of past and present processes that have shaped our modern physical and human environment. Through a two year course students can gain an insight into global, regional and local issues within these environments. At Colston’s Girls’ School we have a fantastic Geography Department, with both human and physical Geography specialists.
Geography is a skill based subject and is well respected by employers. Those that study Geography at University have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. A few examples of possible careers are Environmental engineer, refugee and asylum advisor, planner and flood protection manager to name a few.
Recent Exam Success
We were extremely delighted with our A Level results in 2015: 86% A/A*