Geography

“Geography is important; it makes people what they are” Jeremy Paxman

Geography is a continually evolving subject that involves us all.  It helps to give a greater awareness of day-to-day life at local, regional, national and world levels, emphasising the relationship between people and their environment.  It encourages students to become active citizens.  That is why we run a geography course that:

studies people, places and themes through an issues-based enquiry approach;

covers content relevant to modern geography and students’ lives;

develops decision-making and problem-solving skills;

is motivating, relevant and up-to-date;

develops ICT and all other key skills.

Outline of Course

The outline of the course is taught through a range of common content which includes:

Geography of the UK

Geomorphology processes and landscape

Changing weather and climate

Global ecosystems and biodiversity

Resources and their management

Cities and urban society

Global economic development issues

All topics are chosen for their current relevance to students’ lives.  The course also includes a one day field trip to the North Norfolk Coast to study the impact of coastal erosion.  We also offer an optional field trip to Barcelona to a number of students to further enhance their geographical knowledge.

Assessment Method

The geography course builds on the students’ experiences at Key Stage 3.  The course assessment is comprised of 3 papers:

Paper 1: Physical Environment

Paper 2: Human Environment

Paper 3: Applied Geographical Skills

Click here for year 7 KS3 assessment criteria.

Click here for year 8 KS3 assessment criteria.

Click here for year 9 KS3 assessment criteria.

What can I do with a Geography Qualification?

A GCSE in geography is a stepping stone to a whole range of future opportunities.  The skills you develop will help you in education and employment.

A good grade at GCSE will help you move on to any AS, A level or vocational A level course.  If you enjoy your geography GCSE, you might want to continue with this subject, or study a related subject. Biology, geology, environmental science, government & politics, economics, history, sociology, travel & tourism and leisure & recreation all have close links with some of the material you study for this GCSE.

Careers directly related to geography include: government worker, surveyors, land and water management, hazard specialists, property development, tourism and conservation.

Careers that use geographers’ skills include: information technology, financial sector, advertising, engineering, construction, marketing, manufacturing, current affairs, journalism, teaching and law.

Geographers have great enquiry skills. 

They can ask and answer difficult questions.

Geographers are good at observing changes in the environment and looking forward into the future to assess the impact of what we are doing today. 

Geographers are knowledgeable about places near and far. 

Geographers are able to explain complex ideas and present them in creative ways.

Geographers understand sustainable development. Most companies and organisations have policies on sustainability.

Geographers can also do wonderful things with maps, not just atlases and paper maps, but also digital maps that are used by many businesses today.

Geographers are flexible. They recognise that the world is changing rapidly and can adapt to new ideas and new situations.

For further information please contact

Mr A Lovesey alovesey@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk