"The outstanding range of interesting and stimulating extra curricular activities provide excellent opportunities for pupils to take initiative and extend their capabilities. Throughout the school the personal development of pupils is exceptional."

Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, 2010 (Girls’ Division)

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Geography

Aims

To develop an understanding of our ever-changing world; its societies and environments.
To promote better informed decision-making.
To encourage lively and reasoned enquiry.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

In A level Geography you will learn how today’s world was shaped and investigate some of the most challenging issues facing natural and human environments in the world today. As global population increases, how do we cope with the growing pressure on resources, landscapes, natural systems and people’s quality of life? How can we build resilience into our coping strategies when faced with a range of natural hazards? What are the challenges and opportunities afforded by globalisation? 

How will I be assessed?

AS Level:
Paper 1: 50% - Coastal systems and landscapes and Hazards 
Paper 2: 50% - Changing places and Geography fieldwork investigation and geographical skills

A Level:
Paper 1: 40% - Water and carbon cycles, Coastal systems and Hazards
Paper 2: 40% - Global Systems and Global Governance, Changing Places, Population and the Environment 
Individual Investigation: 20%

Desirable requirements

The most essential requirement is an interest in the world about you.  The pace of change can be rapid – volcanic eruptions, refugee movements, urban riots – or gradual – continental drift and climatic change.

How will I study?

The course involves both independent study and group work.  You will participate in a number of day and residential field trips and also have the opportunity to join a foreign field trip:  Manchester, the Lake District, USA, Sicily, Cuba, Iceland, Lanzarote – Geography has no limits!

What skills will I learn?

Alongside the subject content, you will also learn: how to recognise the different sides in debates and make decisions based on sound argument; how to undertake a fieldwork enquiry developing transferable skills in research, data collection, analysis and evaluation; written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and data presentation; independent learning and team work skills; how to analyse a range of information, often using cartographic, graphical and statistical skills.

Where will it lead?

Geography bridges the Arts and Sciences, giving flexibility for Higher Education courses.  Many of our A Level Geographers go on to study Geography and related subjects.  Others go on to study a wide range of degrees, including Law, Medicine and Engineering, to name but a few.

 

“Choosing to study Geography was a fantastic decision as it has encouraged me to think independently, through researching case studies and wider reading, whilst furthering my understanding of the world around us. Geography has enabled me to explore the social and economic impacts of events which shape our society. This year, I found studying the different stages of development between countries and their influence on the devastation caused by disease, fascinating. I think one of the biggest differences from GCSEs is smaller class sizes, which I have found extremely beneficial throughout the course as I can talk to my teachers freely. I have formed a close bond with my group, especially during the residential trip to Slapton, which makes the subject even more enjoyable.”