Geography

Geography is ideal for those keen to maintain a broad interest in, and an understanding of, the world in which we live. Pupils study both physical and human geography across the curriculum.

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Geography helps us to explore and understand space and place - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and exploring the links between them.

We introduce Geography to pupils in the Foundation Year course, focusing on learning new skills and challenging pupils to think.

Many pupils choose to study Geography into the Remove (Year 10) and Hundred (Year 11) for GCSE, where we cover topics including rivers, hazards, urban geography, economic activity and fragile environments.

During the GCSE years pupils take part in at least two days of fieldwork.

In the Sixth Form, pupils can study Geography at both A level and within the International Baccalaureate Programme. At A level we explore the nature and impact of cultural, social, economic, political and physical processes from the global to the local scale.

The IB course involves the study of the major environmental, political, cultural, and socio-economic issues facing the developed and developing world today. Topics covered include the core themes of Changing Populations, Global Climate Change and Global Resource Consumption, as well as Food and Health, Extreme Environments and Geophysical Hazards.

All Sixth Form Geographers attend a residential field trip to the Gower Peninsula, where we use the local environment to bring many parts of the course to life. The A Level cohort also take part in several field trips, including visits to Birmingham, Gloucester and local woodland.

Pupils also have the opportunity to go on an international expedition to Iceland and, in 2024 we teamed up with the Science department to visit Costa Rica.