“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” as Michael Palin has claimed. We are committed to encouraging our students to engage with the physical and human challenges which face our world both today and in future. By its very definition, geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to global and local changes. It is dynamic and relevant. Whether it is food and energy security, causes and consequences of migration or geopolitical change, geographers can enhance our understanding of so many of the world’s current issues.
We follow the Edexcel B specification. This specification offers an issues-based approach, with content organised by UK and global geography. It also includes a decision-making paper, which allows students to investigate people-environment issues on a global scale.
Topics covered encompass a wide range of themes, but essentially fall into the following categories:
- Hazardous Earth
- Development Dynamics
- Challenges of an urbanising world
- The UK’s evolving physical and human environments
- People and the biosphere
- Forests under threat
- Consuming energy resources
Assessment is through three written examinations taken at the end of the course.
We follow the Edexcel A level specification. This again follows a contemporary issues-based approach. It enables students to engage critically with real world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them, and to help prepare them to succeed in their chosen pathway. We explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation, responses to hazards, water insecurity and climate change. It also includes an independent, fieldwork-based enquiry, which students plan and execute themselves.
The main topics are:
- Tectonic processes and hazards
- Coastal landscapes and change
- The carbon cycle and energy security
- Regenerating places
- Migration, identity and sovereignty
Assessment is through 3 written examinations and the fieldwork investigation.
Mr W Ellis BA (Hons)
Mr P Ticehurst BSc (Hons) MA (Ed)
Mrs A Nagamootoo B.Ed (Hons)
Mrs S Jago BSc (Hons)