Geography helps prepare students for the future by giving them the opportunity to develop the transferable skills of enquiry, data analysis, GIS, research, problem solving, decision making as well as oral and written communication. Some professions make direct use of geographical knowledge, such as Tourism, Business Management, Teaching, Social Work, Town Planning and Environmental Management whilst others such as Medicine, Law, Banking, Accountancy and Architecture value the subject’s synoptic insight and analytical rigour.
Geography is a dynamic and diverse subject which bridges the gap between the Arts and the Sciences. In examining the complex nature of people’s interaction with the environment it encompasses political, economic and demographic studies with an understanding of physical and environmental processes. Geography develops the ability to combine scientific principles with economic and political awareness, environmental concern and an appreciation of people’s attitudes and values. This gives students a more balanced and holistic approach to understanding the concerns of the world today from a local to a global scale and they become adept in the use of skills and new technologies both inside and outside the classroom.
The normal entry requirement is a grade 6 in Geography at GCSE standard but candidates who have not studied the subject before or have failed to attain this grade may be considered on an individual basis.
It is important that those students considering this subject have an enquiring mind and are willing to explore new ideas through individual research and discussion. Reading widely and keeping abreast of current developments applicable to the specification is also desirable.
It is also important to note that the course has a compulsory field element which allows students to complete coursework worth 20% of the overall grade. There are four compulsory fieldwork days which students must undertake which will incur a cost. Students must also note additional fieldwork may be required which they will undertake on an individual basis outside of School time.