Board: Edexcel (9GEO)
What’s in the course?
Well it builds on the understanding developed at GCSE and while extending the breadth and depth of some familiar topics, it also introduces new ones chosen from the wide, interesting and relevant world of Geography.
The approach is issues-
They are taught and examined in themed units with three 2 hour and 15 minute exam papers at the end of the 2 years.
Paper 1 contains the more physical topics and Paper 2 the human ones. Paper 3 is synoptic in that it takes one issue (for example the destruction of the tropical rain forest) and this is explored using the set of varied resources presented together with the knowledge and skills that you have built up over the 2 year course.
Geography would not be geography without fieldwork to back up and extend learning and experience. We offer more fieldwork than most because we know how important it is. Several days are spent in the local area and we organise two residential courses, one in Birmingham and the other in South Wales. These feed into our teaching and also provide experience for the 4th exam component, the Independent Investigation, coursework which is worth 20% of the total marks.
WHERE DOES GEOGRAPHY LEAD and HOW IS IT USEFUL?
Geography is a well respected subject – it is interesting, varied and relevant to the world today, as well as equipping you with a full range of skills for employment. A recent survey amongst prospective employers showed that Geography is rated as the 2nd most desirable and useful subject because of its range of skills and relevance…….
"Studying Geography arms students with a mix of skills employers want to see: Geography students generally do well in terms of their relatively low unemployment rates. You could attribute this to the fact that it helps develop a whole range of employability skills including numeracy, teamwork through regular field trips, analytical skills and a certain technical saviness through using various computing applications. Also, the subject area in itself cultivates a worldview and a certain cultural sensitivity. These all potentially help a Geographer to stand out in the labour market."
Geographers go into a wide variety of careers, including, planning, teaching, environmental and conservation work and tourism related jobs for example are more directly related to the subject. There are many, many others, for example in the areas of human resources, management, retail and politics, that also use the skills acquired.
What qualifications do I need?
We require a minimum of 5 C /grade 4s at GCSE, preferably with a B/5 or 6 for geography but you will gain most from the course if you have an enquiring mind, are willing to work as part of a team and are aware of the world around you.
Mrs Kain or Mr Eynon, Head of Geography.
“It has inspirational teachers who live for their subjects.”
"Why study Geography? Because everything has to do with Geography, from the countryside to the city, from volcanoes to sand dunes. Geography is all around us and changing every minute"
“The subject opens your mind to other countries and what’s actually going on in the world.”
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