Geographers are adaptable, creative and analytical and through the topics covered are well versed in global issues that affect the planet. Geographers are able to draw and interpret graphs, analyse data, explore case studies in depth, present information to others and engage in thought-provoking discussions.
Pupils start the year studying what Geography is and the key skills needed to become a good geographer. They learn the three types of Geography, to read and understand a range of maps, and the skills needed to be able to use these maps effectively, including four and six figure grid references, measuring distances, understanding and recognising symbols and interpreting the landscape by studying contour lines. This is all done in practical lessons that try to simulate real life situations where they might be asked to use those skills outside of school and in the workplace.
Pupils studying Geography on both GCSE courses are entered for the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Geography (4GE1). The specification allows pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world. Pupils learn to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments at a range of scales and that people have different views of, and attitudes to, the world, its environments and its issues. Pupils will undertake geographical investigations that include both primary and secondary data collection, presentation and analysis, drawing conclusions, and evaluating the whole geographical investigation this allows them to develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork.