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Curriculum Intent

We aim to enable learners to think ‘like a geographer'. Students will understand their place in the world and participate fully in a sustainable future.

Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and fun. In our diverse society, students need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures. We believe that geographical knowledge, concepts and skills are essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum. Geography makes a major contribution to students’ physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. In short, Geography matters! Our key aims in Geography are to:

  • develop an awareness and understanding of distant places and environments

  • recognise how people from all over the world are linked through travel and trade

  • build a framework of place knowledge

  • investigate major rivers, mountains and cities

  • develop an appreciation of other people’s cultures

  • recognise the need for a just and equitable society.

 Geography Curriculum Intent

1. Locational knowledge

Extend students locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Russia, Asia (including China and India), and the Middle East, focusing on their environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.

2. Place Knowledge

Understand geographical similarities, differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of a region within Africa, and of a region within Asia.

3. Human and physical geography

Understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in:

Physical geography relating to: geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils; weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciation, hydrology and coasts.
Human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources.

Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.

4. Geographical skills and fieldwork

Build on their knowledge of globes, maps and atlases and apply and develop this knowledge routinely in the classroom and in the field. Interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs. Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data. Use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data, using multiple sources of increasingly complex information.

What career/future courses might geography prepare me for?

Many jobs are directly related Geography such as Cartographer, Commercial/residential surveyor, Environmental consultant, Geographical information systems officer, Planning and development surveyor, Secondary school teacher, Social researcher and Town planner

And is useful for jobs such as Astronomer, International aid/development worker, Landscape architect, Logistics and distribution manager, Market researcher, Nature conservation officer, Political risk analyst,  Sustainability consultant, Tourism officer and Transport planner

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Exam Boards

GCSE - WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography B

A level - Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography.