“Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living.”
Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of landscapes and the environment.
Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of place – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and exploring the links between them” (The Royal Geographical Society).
Students might one day find themselves managing large datasets and applying statistical techniques to solve flood management conundrums. Whilst on another occasion be perfecting the nuances of their arguments to persuade the reader of whose responsibility it is to tackle global inequality or climate breakdown.
Fieldwork is an essential and exciting aspect of learning Geography. Each year group will have at least one fieldwork opportunity throughout the year. From canoeing down the River Itchen, collecting data about changing channel characteristics and discussing flood management strategies with local business. To exploring the land use of the fantastic landscape of the South Downs National Park which surrounds the school.
International Fieldtrip for Forms 4 and 5 in planning for Easter holidays 2021
In Geography, curiosity is encouraged. Teaching and learning is enquiry based, creative and practical alongside all of the skills and knowledge students need. Forms 1 and 2 have one lesson of Geography a week. Forms 3, 4 and 5 have two lessons of Geography a week. The AQA Specification (8035) is taught at GCSE. This involves two compulsory days of fieldwork and three examinations at the end of the course. Geography is a popular GCSE option with a strong academic record, consistently achieving 100% A*-C (9-4).
To be a successful Geographer you should: