I've found the concepts I learnt in geography highly relevant to me both inside and outside academia. The ability to comprehend and synthesise concepts, from theoretical and past sources, is nurtured by the many detailed case studies
Geography will help you develop your communication and teamwork skills, as you’ll often work on group projects. You will also develop your research and analysis skills across areas such as lab-work, fieldwork and in IT, developing critical skills for collecting and identifying patterns in data.
Employers value the mix of technical and social skills developed from studying geography, which they see as highly transferable, useful for a whole range of jobs.
Geography is applicable to any kind of career that involves the environment, planning, or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers for people with geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism, and weather forecasting.
Geography is a subject that really compliments other subjects. Our pupils go on to take a variety of courses at university and enter a wide range of careers such as Law, Journalism, Teaching, Languages, Dentistry, Business, Design, Engineering, Earth Science, Art, Sculpture and Geography.
During Key Stage 3 pupils cover a range of topics which will engage and stretch them and provide an opportunity to learn about our amazing world. We aim to promote curious and inspired minds. The geography team encourages the pupils to get involved in project work and use the ICT resources to develop their independent learning skills.
In Year 7, the topics pupils cover include: What is geography? Map skills, settlement and the United Kingdom. They also study weather and climate in the context of the UK. Through these topics, pupils will develop key geographical skills and broaden their understanding of a range of human and physical issues.
In Year 8, pupils start with rivers, resources and the environment, industry and finally population.
In Year 9, pupils learn new skills and develop an enquiring mind. They will study earthquakes and volcanoes, development, ecosystems and Japan.
GCSE Edexcel A Geography
What will pupils be studying?
Pupils will be studying a range of topics from both the Human and Physical sides of Geography. Pupils will also have the opportunity to take part in exciting fieldtrips in preparation for their exams. Pupils have 3 lessons of Geography per week.
Component 1: The Physical Environment • Topic 1: The changing landscapes of the UK – including optional sub-topics from which pupils choose two from three: • 1A: Coastal landscapes and processes,1B: River landscapes and processes or 1C: Glaciated upland landscapes and processes • Topic 2: Weather hazards and climate change • Topic 3: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management.
Component 2: The Human Environment • Topic 4: Changing cities • Topic 5: Global development • Topic 6: Resource management – including optional sub-topics from which pupils choose one from two: • 6A: Energy resource management or 6B: Water resource management
Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges • Topic 7: Geographical investigations − fieldwork • Topic 8: Geographical investigations − UK challenges
How do pupils learn?
Pupils will acquire a range of skills through field work, map and atlas work, using IT, graphic and presentational work, discussion and group work using a number of different resources. We use a variety of teaching styles including interactive lessons to access all pupils learning styles.
How pupils are assessed?
Physical Environment exam paper: 1 hr 30 mins worth 37.5% of grade
Human Environment exam paper: 1 hr 30 mins worth 37.5% of grade
Geographical investigations: 1hr 30 mins worth 25% of grade
AQA A Level Geography
According to the Royal Geography Society 13% more pupils took the subject at A Level this year than last, up to 37,100 - the biggest jump of any of the major subjects. A Level Geography is a subject in a unique position in that it can keep degree course choice open as it is regarded as both a science and a humanities subject. This can help you to keep your option choices open and not restrict your future career choices. Methods of teaching and learning are important to pupils. At Tettenhall College, in the Geography Department, we aim to provide our pupils with the skills necessary to further their studies as independent learners in higher education. Pupils will also develop their thinking and analysis skills as well as developing a wider understanding of contemporary issues. We use a variety of interesting and interactive teaching and learning techniques and provide pupils with a range of opportunities to enhance their experience. Pupils have 5 lessons of Geography at A Level and are usually taught by 2 members of the Geography Department.
Component 1: Physical geography
What is assessed?
• Section A: Water and carbon cycles • Section B: either Hot desert systems and landscapes or Coastal systems and landscapes or Glacial systems and landscapes • Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress
How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 120 marks • 40% of A-level Questions • Section A: answer all questions (36 marks) • Section B: answer either question 2 or question 3 or question 4 (36 marks) • Section C: answer either question 5 or question 6 (48 marks) • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose
Component 2: Human geography
What is assessed?
• Section A: Global systems and global governance • Section B: Changing places • Section C: either Contemporary urban environments or Population and the environment or Resource security
How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 120 marks • 40% of A-level Questions • Section A: answer all questions (36 marks) • Section B: answer all questions (36 marks) • Section C: answer either question 3 or question 4 or question 5 (48 marks) • Question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response, extended prose
Component 3: Geography fieldwork investigation
What is assessed?
• Pupils complete an individual investigation, which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the pupil relating to any part of the specification content.
How is it assessed?
• 3,000–4,000 words • 60 marks • 20% of A-level • marked by teachers then moderated by AQA.
The Geography department organises a series of field trips, both in the UK and further afield, for Geography pupils which seek to enrich and extend their understanding of the geographical diversity around us.
There are day-trips to places such as Cardingmill Valley and a trip to Shrewsbury to explore the issues of flooding.
For our KS3 pupils, we organise trips to Naples, visiting many geographical locations including climbing Mt Vesuvius, exploring the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and taking a tour of the scenic Amalfi coast.
All pupils are also given the opportunity to attend our bi-annual trip to the West Coast of America. Spectacular canyons, volcanic activity, diverse ecosystems, dynamic rivers and sprawling coastal urbanisation allow pupils to see geography in action.
For our Sixth Form pupils, there are trips to the Norfolk coastline to examine the impacts of coastal erosion and to Birmingham to examine the impacts of regeneration.