"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, The Azores – Geography has no limits!  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.

 

“Geography at AS Level is extremely diverse and covers a number of issues at both a local and a global scale, such as that of climate change. This year I have particularly enjoyed the 'Hazards' unit as it considers the relationship between both physical and human Geography and how these may impact each other. The course has enabled for lots of independent thought through wider reading which has enhanced my knowledge of the world around me.  

“In addition to Geography, I also study Chemistry, English Literature and Mathematics. In spite of the differences between these subjects, I have found that each of my subjects overlap with Geography as it is so varied.  

“The staff in the Geography department are always willing to offer help outside of lessons and the small size of my class has meant that we have developed a close bond, particularly during a field trip to the Lake District.”
Anu