What is Geography?

Geography class at Christleton High School

Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. At Christleton we aim to develop student’s interest and curiosity in the world around them by using stimulating resources and allowing students to participate in fieldwork at all levels.

Why choose Geography?

Geography class at Christleton High School

We live at a time when events and changes in one part of the world can rapidly affect people and environments in other parts of the world. As never before economies, environments and cultures are linked across the world. Geography provides knowledge and understanding of such connections and interdependence.

When can I study Geography?

Geography not only develops subject knowledge but allows students to develop skills, make informed decisions about a range of issues and consider sustainable options for the future.

In Key Stage 3 students have 3 hours of Geography per fortnight and study an assortment of physical, human and environmental topics ranging from investigating Super Volcanoes and Raging Rivers through to Extreme Weather events, Tourism in Thailand and becoming Adventure Geographers. All Year groups are able to experience Field Work outside the classroom with trips ranging from investigating Tourism at Blackpool Pleasure Beach through to discovering how Cwm Idwal was formed by a Glacier.

Geography class at Christleton High School

Students can choose to study Geography at GCSE level in Years 10 and 11. The specification followed is AQA, which covers both human and physical geography and geographical skills. Fieldwork is an essential element of this course and students will experience a range of both human and physical fieldwork across the two years.

In Years 12 and 13 students follow Edexcel’s specification. The course includes modules in Globalisation, Diverse Places, Glaciation and Tectonics in the first year. World Super Powers, Global Development, Water insecurity and the future of Energy in the second year. Fieldwork is a fundamental element of the course with students able to create their own focus lead investigation with compulsory field work trips.

Geography has proven to be a very popular subject across all key stages and many students continue to study Geography at university.

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