‘Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems’ (Michael Palin, 2011)
Geography brings together social sciences and natural sciences. It doesn’t involve learning long lists of names of rivers or capital cities but it does involve learning facts about the world and understanding how and why places differ. It covers some of the crucial issues facing the world today such as climate change, migration, economic development and social inequality.
Geography is a challenging academic subject which is highly valued by employers and universities. The critical thinking and analytical skills which geography students develop are sought after by many industries as well as those which require geographical knowledge such as Geophysicist, conservation officer or town planner.
Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. (Royal Geographical Society, 2014)
Paper 1 past question pack (Foundation)
Paper 1 past question pack (Higher)
Paper 2 past question pack (Foundation)
Paper 2 past question pack (Higher)
Paper 1 coastal zone
Paper 1 restless earth
Paper 1 water on the land
Paper 2 development gap
Paper 2 population change
Paper 2 tourism
As part of Opening Minds all students study geography within the Opening Minds themes. They cover topics like map skills, using an atlas, microclimates and geographical investigations in year 7, then, in year 8 students study Brazil, Environmental Issues, Antarctica and the European Union.
In year 9 some students will start working towards their GCSE. This gives them the opportunity to cover the topics in more detail and enables them to have more time on their fieldwork project. The topics covered in year 9 include Tourism, Rivers, Geographical Skills, Earthquakes and Volcanoes.
Students who choose Geography at key stage 4 study the AQA specification A syllabus. This specification has three units.
Unit 1: Physical Geography :
Unit 2: Human Geography
Unit 3:Local Fieldwork
This combination of units enables students to get a holistic view of the world and develop their geographical skills. Students practice examination questions from the start and have internal assessments on each unit so they are able to track their progress effectively. To collect the data for the fieldwork investigation students are required to attend a one day field work visit. There are also other opportunities for fieldwork including the possibility of a residential fieldwork course to a location such as North Wales.