Geography at Key Stage 4

GCSE Geography remains one of the most popular academic option subjects. The course is loosely split in half: Physical Geography and Human Geography. Have you ever wondered how the environment and landscape around you was created? You will study three exciting and fascinating areas of Physical Geography:

Water on the Land covers the ever-popular topic of river processes, including a field trip to the wonderful Cardingmill Valley in Year 10. Given that our community is criss-crossed by rivers which often flood, it is vitally important that we learn how they function and how we need to manage the threat of fresh disruption, should we experience another wet summer like the one in 2008!

The Coastal Zone is just as important, given that we live on an island which is under constant attack by the forces of the ocean. From waves to tides, coastal erosion to deposition, students will become experts in order to help their parents to choose suitable locations for seaside retirement homes one day!

The Restless Earth never fails to inspire and instil a sense of awe and wonder. From volcanoes to earthquakes, students will learn that millions of fellow humans live with the daily threat of imminent tectonic activity. Crucially, students will learn how we cope when the bad news comes in…

Have you ever wondered how humans influence the planet? You will study three interesting topics including:

The Development Gap. How did we end up in a situation where so much of the planet’s wealth is controlled by so few? How might poorer citizens and nations close the gap in order to enjoy the higher standards of living that we so often take for granted? Students will discover these answers and more.

Population. Students will peer behind the ever-sensational news headlines to uncover the facts about the global population explosion, immigration, the ageing population and what it means to have fewer workers supporting greater numbers of pensioners, and plenty more besides.

Changing Urban Environments. Have you ever visited big cities and marvelled at the splendid views of the skyscrapers and shiny office buildings? Have you ever considered what was there before and how these towers of concrete and steel were built and why? Are you concerned about the loss of countryside in favour of sprawling housing estates? Students will discover why our urban environments change and find out how we manage their exponential growth across the globe.

In all, the GCSE in Geography offers a wonderful foundation for the highly engaging and thought-provoking A-level. Indeed, you do not need to have studied GCSE Geography to study the subject at A-level (although it certainly helps). Let’s start at the beginning. Choose GCSE Geography and see the world differently.