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Geography is the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in those places and how places are.
In geography we teach all the 'essential skills wales' throughout our topics. Pupils learn a vast number of different skills that can be used within gcse and a'level studies as well as future employment.

statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable!

Royal Geographical Society

In KS3 we offer a range of topics which prepare pupils for the demands of the GCSE course.
In Year 7 we teach Map Skills, Settlements and Wales & Cardiff Bay Development.
In Year 8 we teach Hazards (Heatwaves, Flooding and Hurricanes), Landscapes (Rivers, Coasts and Glacial) and the Global Fashion Industry.
In Year 9 we teach Rainforests, Tectonic Activity (Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis) and Population.

At GCSE we follow the WJEC GCSE 'A' specification where pupils sit two external examinations - one at the end of Year 10 (worth 40%) and another at the end of Year 11 (35%) There is also a coursework element broken into two parts - a controlled assessment based on fieldwork (10%) and a Decision Making Exercise (15%).

At A'Level we follow the Edexcel 'A' specification. This allows students to broaden their knowledge of key global geographical issues as well as developing informed decisions about our planet and the a sustainable future.

Why should I study geography?

You are constantly exposed to geographical issues in everyday life, including: environmental concerns; natural disasters; world weather; local developments; urban and rural change; population movements; maps and travel. It is not surprising then that Geography is a very popular subject at GCSE. Geography will provide you with an opportunity to develop your awareness and understanding of the patterns, processes and relationships that characterise human and physical environments and the interactions between them.

What will I gain from studying geography?

Geography will help you to develop your awareness and understanding of the world in which you live. Geography will allow you to:

  • Broaden your global outlook, promoting good citizenship;
  • Develop a cultural and environmental awareness;
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of people and places;
  • Develop key geographical skills (including map making and interpretation).
  • Develop a sound general knowledge and awareness of current affairs;
  • Experience teamwork;
  • Study the physical and human environment at first hand through guided fieldwork;
  • Analyse and evaluate geographical data
  • Undertake enquiries and make informed decisions

What career opportunities can geography give me?

As well as counting as a qualification for acceptance on further and higher education courses, GCSE Geography is particularly relevant to a number of specific careers including:

  • Surveying
  • Land/Estate Management
  • Conservation
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental Management
  • Teaching
  • Civil Engineering
  • Travel Industry
  • Architecture
  • Leisure and recreation management.

As a geographer by the end of your GCSE you will have received training in and developed a level of proficiency in a variety of transferable key skills (including literacy, numeracy, graphicacy, ICT, independent research, decision making, problem solving and teamwork) all of which are highly valued by most employers. These skills are essential in many careers.

What fieldwork experience will I be offered?

You will have a range of opportunities to experience fieldwork during the course, as a department we believe fieldwork is an essential part of the course, helping to bring theory to life.

Year 7 - Cardiff Bay and Welsh Assembly
Year 8 - River Afon fieldwork
Year 9 - Bristol Zoo Rainforest experience
GCSE - Coastal Fieldwork at Southerndown
- Coastal Fieldwork and activities at Osmington Bay, Dorset.
- Iceland
A'Level - Coastal Fieldwork and Urban Change Fieldwork in preparation for the AS exam.

How can I find out more?

Please feel free to talk to your geography teacher about any questions you may have or any advice you need. We realise that these decisions when making choices regarding your GCSE and A' Level subjects are very important - so please, ask for advice if you are unsure.