Skills For Life
Faculty of Humanities
Head of Faculty
Miss M Clark
Head of Geography Department
Mrs A Haynes
Geography is a unique subject because it looks at both the physical structure of the planet and the social structure (how we affect our environment and how it affects us) in the past, present and future.
What skills will you gain from studying geography?
Geography will help you develop your communication and teamwork skills, as you’ll often work in pairs and groups. You’ll also develop your research, analysis and presentation skills, including in IT and fieldwork. Employers love the mix of technical and social skills people get from studying geography, which they see as very transferable – useful for a whole range of jobs.
Geography at WGS
Key Stage 3
Students will study a range of topics through Years 7, 8 and 9 including:
- Geography rocks
- Our restless Earth
- Population pressures
- Antarctica: An extreme wilderness
- A tourist’s world
- Map skills
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Students will study a mixture of physical and human topics at GCSE:
- The challenge of natural hazards
- The living world
- Physical landscapes in the UK
- Urban issues and challenges
- The changing economic world
- The challenge of resource management
- Geographical applications
Key Stage 5 (A Level)
Students will continue to study a variety of physical and human topics at A Level. All require a deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics studied at GCSE. A Level students are expected to read around the subject independently as well as keep up to date with current geographical ideas and case studies that may be in the news. Students require a Grade 6 at GCSE to be accepted on to the A Level course.
The topics studied include:
- Water and carbon cycle
- Coastal systems and landscapes
- Global systems and global governance
- Changing places
- Resource security
Fieldwork is a requirement of the AQA exam board at both GCSE and A Level
GCSE students are required to complete a one day human investigation and a one day physical investigation. Both fieldwork days will take place in the summer term of Years 9 and 10 respectively.
A Level students are required to undertake a minimum of four days fieldwork. The data collected and analysed during these days allows students to complete their NEA (non-examined assessment) part of the course. This is worth 20% of their final grade. In September 2017 Year 13 visited Nettlecombe Court, a centre run by the Field Studies Council in Somerset to complete their NEA.