Geography is a fairly unique subject because it looks at both the physical structure of the planet and the social structure (i.e. how we affect our environment and how it affects us) in the past, present and future.
Geography can be divided into two main branches:
Physical Geography: is a branch of earth science, which looks at the natural elements of the world, including the atmosphere, land and oceans. Physical geographers study things like climate, soil, how the earth was formed and how it is changing over time.
Human Geography: is a social science that studies how humans interact with the planet and covers things like population growth, migration, how urban and rural settlements develop, how we work with animals and even how our economies are effected by the environment we live in.
Because geographers deal with the natural world and how we behave in it, their jobs can take them everywhere, from taking soil samples on the edge of a volcano to mapping a new town, charting the changes to a glacier in the arctic, or even teaching you in a comfortable classroom.
Geographers have done some pretty important things for the human race, including charting new territory, developing maps (cartography) and measuring distances to help us get from A to B long before we could simply take a picture of an area from space. We wouldn’t have Google maps without them. Imagine…
Geography will help you develop your communication and teamwork skills, as you’ll often work on group projects. You’ll also develop your research and analysis skills including in IT, lab and fieldwork, which means you will be able to collect and look for patterns in data.
Employers love the mix of technical and social skills people get from studying geography, which they see as very transferable, i.e. useful for a whole range of jobs.
Year 7 Topics
Introduction to Geography
The Physical Geography of the USA
Year 8 Topics
UK and Brexit
Rivers and Coasts
Extreme Planet/ Middle East
Year 9 Topics
Population ad Migration
Development in Brazil
Tropical Rainforests GCSE
Hot Deserts GCSE
GCSE Year 10 and 11
AQA Course 2016 Onwards
Three Exam papers: Physical Geography, Human Geography and Fieldwork/Decision Making Pre Release.
Changing Economic World
Tectonics, Weather and Climate
Urban Issues and Challenges
Resource Management and water
Fieldwork and DME
Year 12 and 13
Edexcel Course 2016 Onwards.
Three Exam Papers – Physical Geography, Human Geography and Synoptic (Unseen). There is also an Independent Investigation element of the course.
Paper 3 Synoptic
Mr Elliott- Head of Geography