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Why study this subject?

  • Geography is a huge part of our lives. It is a constant source of amazement and is ever changing. It is vital for managing our environment and is only going to become more important as the challenges facing our planet grow.
  • Geography is all around us. From choosing our summer holidays, to informing our shopping habits, to understanding dramatic and heart breaking natural disasters. No other subject is as regular a visitor in the news. Geography allows us to understand more about other cultures and issues and encourages us to be better ‘global citizens.’

Aims of the course

  • In year 10 students will start a two year GCSE course following the AQA specification. This builds on and extends knowledge gained throughout KS3. The course covers a range of physical and human Geography modules and contains a variety of case studies from all over the world and within the UK.
  • GCSE Geography places great emphasis on the idea of sustainability which is a central focus of governments around the world. It also develops skills, such as the ability to organise, problem solve, interpret data, text, maps and images. Geography also focuses on being able to justify or explain decisions. All of these skills are highly valued by employers and in further education.

What can this course lead to?

  • GCSE Geography is as excellent foundation for progression to further education, whether that is studying Geography or a variety of academic subjects. Geography develops many transferable skills which means a variety of degree options are available both in humanities and subjects such as architecture and law.
  • Geographers experience some of the lowest rates of unemployment compared to other subjects and are well suited to a variety of careers. There is no such thing as a ‘Geography job’ as there are such a wide range of jobs that would love to employ a Geographer.

Expectations of subject

  • A positive attitude in lessons showing an enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Good organisational skills and independence to complete regular homework and revision.
  • Ability to produce extended writing and revise detailed case studies.
  • A willingness to keep up to date with Geographical news events and geography documentaries.

Support and provisions

  • All Geography pupils are required to buy a revision guide and homework book. These are available at a very small cost and are used throughout the two years.
  • BBC Bitesize is a superb online revision page.
  • Extra intervention sessions are provided after school to help pupils during year 11.




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