Do you have a curiosity about the world in which you live? If you choose to study Geography, you will develop a sense of place and ‘awe and wonder’ which will allow you to fully appreciate and learn from the world around you.
There is arguably never a more important time for people to engage with this subject. You will develop your awareness of the way in which people and environments interact and appreciate the opportunities, challenges and constraints that face people in different places, encouraging your development as a citizen in the rapidly changing twenty first century.
Geography features many of the key issues and global challenges which face us all and which are reported in the newspapers every day. These include population growth and the problems associated with rapid urbanisation, dwindling environmental resources, energy issues and the impact of rapidly developing economies such as China and India. In addition, you will explore the complexities of physical systems such as river and coastal flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes and climate change. You will also acquire and apply the range of geographical skills needed to conduct geographical enquiry, including those of fieldwork, independent research, ICT and map work. Geography prepares you for the world of work; geographers, with their skills of analysis, are highly employable.
Geography is compulsory from Year 7 to Year 9. During these important years we aim to enthuse the pupils with exciting topics that incorporate the skills needed for GCSE and beyond. The units covered include:
We encourage a mix of modern teaching methods which regularly include independent enquiry, debate, group work and PowerPoint presentations given by the girls. These skills not only lend themselves well to the GCSE and A Level but to life in general.
At GCSE (AQA) the girls participate in a course which broadens and deepens their previous knowledge and skill base.
The course is divided into four sections. In Section A, ‘The Natural Environment and People’, coastal and hazardous environments will be studied. In Section B, ‘People and Their Environments’, urban environments, ecosystems and rural environments will be addressed. Section C is the Practical Geographical Enquiry section. In Section D, ‘Global Issues, there are three options, of which we will study one: Fragile Environments; Globalisation and Migration; Development and Human Welfare.
A 4 day residential fieldwork programme provides an exciting opportunity to explore real geographical issues and learn some important data collection and analytical techniques. In addition, there will be a day visit to locations within Birmingham.
If you want to learn about the complex, exciting and fascinating world that you live in, you need to study Geography. An A Level in Geography is recognised for its academic ‘robustness’ and, most importantly, it also helps young people into the world of work.
In today’s rapidly changing world, few subjects can boast the same breadth, relevance and importance as Geography. Unless we fully understand the physical world and the challenges that it poses societies in the 21st century, then we will be unable to find solutions – and you are going to have to find these. solutions. What are the challenges?
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