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Departmental Staff
 
Geography Subject Leaders:-       Mr M Broad
   
Teachers:-                                     Mr R Sutton
                                                        
                                                                                                        
   
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What will a student learn in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5?
 
Students in Year 7 study Geography, Religious Studies and History through the Humanities Curriculum.
 
All KS3 students study Geography for 4 x 1 hours in Year 8, 3 x 1 hours in Year 9; lessons are over a two week period. Students will explore a variety of physical and human geography as well as developing the necessary functional skills to cope with GCSE Geography.
 
At A-Level the department follows the AQA Specification and studies a range of topics including Coasts, Population, World Cities and Plate Tectonics. 
 
GCSE Geography is a course that:

  • Studies people and place through an issues-based approach encouraging students to provide their own views and opinions
  • Explores global sustainability investigating economic, social and environmental issues that affect all our futures
  • Emphasises decision-making (focussing opinions, debate and understanding different points of view)
  • Is motivating, relevant and up-to-date
  • Develops your ICT and other core skills

 
The GCSE course is taught through 6 themes:
 
Theme 1: Rivers
Theme 2: Coasts 
Theme 3: Tectonic Processes
Theme 4: Globalisation
Theme 5: Population
Theme 6: Tourism
  
What is Geography and why is it important?
 
Geography is a continuously evolving subject that involves us all - it looks at the key global issues that are happening today, that will affect our future. Geography helps give a greater awareness of how we behave, emphasising the importance of the relationship between people in different countries and their impact on the environment. Geographers understand that we now live in a global world where collective local actions can have both positive and negative global effects on people, the environment, cultures and economies.
 
What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?
 
The Geography Department is characterised by a ‘can do attitude’ for all students studying the subject at all levels. The department seeks to build respectful and positive relationships with all students, raise self-confidence, and improve students’ own expectations and learning. In order to reach these goals, staff provide a positive, inclusive and supportive platform both inside and outside the classroom.
 
Where could the subject lead – career wise?
 
Geography will help students be more aware of everyday life and the problems of people who live around them, in other parts of the UK and across the world. Geography is a highly topical subject, ever changing as world events unfold.  When you see newspaper items or television reports about a controversial new runway for an airport in Manchester for example, then your geography course will help make more sense of what is going on.  Geography should make better and more aware citizens.  Choosing Geography with other subjects which interest them, could lead to future careers in:-
 
Advertising, Architecture, Cartography, Landscape Design, Agriculture, Environmental Health, Estate Management, Nature Conservation, Archaeology, Law, Libraries, Museums, Publishing, Business, Bilingual Secretary, Overseas Marketing, Leisure and Tourism, Civil Engineering, Meteorology, Mining, Navigation, Photography, Leisure Services, Sport and Recreation Management, Social and Youth Work, Surveying, Transport Services, Banks, Building Societies, Business, Civil Service, Secretary/PA, Police, Army, Health Service
 
Homework
 
All Key Stage 3 students are set homework on a twice weekly basis and it should take 30 minutes to complete. In Key Stage 4 students are set more challenging pieces of homework to support their GCSE studies; at least one hour per week is set.
 
In Key Stage 5 students are expected to complete approximately 5 hours of homework per week.