Geography looks at land, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of Earth. It is a study which seeks to understand the Earth and all of its human and natural complexities—not merely where objects are, but how they have changed and come to be.
Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.
Geography is unique in offering a detailed study of these connections, increasing learners’ spatial awareness and sense of place while developing an awareness of the environmental, demographic, political and economic challenges facing the world today. It is a very broad subject, keeping further study options open, and develops very useful skills for life, further learning and work.
The processes at work to build our landscapes: volcanoes, earthquakes, ice, rivers: and the opportunities/risks these present to humans.
Our divided world, population growth, cities, changes in work and economies: how do these issues affect us and how can we manage this change in the modern world?
The impact of natural disasters – volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, extreme weather; and how development and health varies throughout the world. How are these issues related, what causes them and how can we manage them?
Learners will receive regular homework and undertake regular assessments to consolidate their work and monitor their progress.
Skills for life and learning
Learners will enjoy a variety of learning experiences (including outside the classroom) helping them to become more successful learners. They will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to unfamiliar situations, equipping them for the challenges to be faced in the workplace, further study or higher education. Geography challenges received wisdom so learners develop as effective contributors through debating world issues that affect them. They develop as responsible global citizens as they learn about other cultures, while building confidence through working with others.
Links to the world of work
Due to its breadth and variety, Geography is unique in building up-to-date skills for entry to a number of careers. Learners who have experienced Geography are very literate and numerate due to the nature of the variety of verbal, written and analytical tasks experienced. Geographers enter a large number of different careers, ranging from IT to care and conservation to financial services due to their wide-ranging skills. The mastery of decision-making and spatial skills enables Geography students to assess risk and manage change effectively. Geography is a well-respected academic subject which is sought after by graduate employers in a range of industries, in both public and private sectors.