‘Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future’
- Michael Palin
In accordance with the school mission statement St Genevieve’s Geography department realises that all members of the school community are important and each has a contribution to make. We value skills, achievement, and the desire for knowledge along with application and effort.
The following aims relate directly to the aims of St Genevieve’s High school and show our contribution towards their achievement.
To maintain and stimulate pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Geography and to acquire knowledge and understanding of the terminology, skills and techniques specific to Geography.
To encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Geography in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary.
To cultivate in pupils a sense of place, knowledge of place, respect for different culture and empathy with people in our own and other societies.
To develop in pupils an understanding and appreciation of the human and physical environments at a local and global scale.
To develop in pupils an understanding of the significance of the actions and different attitudes of individuals and groups who manage and make decisions about the physical and human environments and how these environments interact and affect the landscape.
Geography provides opportunities through fieldwork for first hand investigation of places, environments and human behaviour
Geography builds a knowledge and understanding of current events
Geography develops skills for the future
Are Geographers employable?
Geographers can work in almost any field of employment and this is reflected in the variety of jobs in which many of our past pupils now find themselves.
Those who continue to study Geography into KS4 and KS5 will have the following advantages:
Knowledge of local, national, global issues
Skills such as using maps, photographs, diagrams, explaining your ideas to other people
Awareness of events around you and an appreciation that people have different views and solutions to problems
Ability to use maps and data
Ability to make decisions about location
Typical work areas for geographers include:
Working with people
St Genevieve’s Geography department is committed to incorporating educational visits and fieldwork into all key stages providing that these experiences will enhance pupils’ relevant understanding and knowledge. All students complete the Microclimate project in Year 9 around the school grounds and visit the Giant’s Causeway in year 10. Year 11/12 pupils conduct a river study in the Yellow Water River in Rostrevor, Co. Down for their controlled assessment task.
Key Stage 3
Pupils have an enjoyable experience of Geography from Years 8-10 and have 3 hour lessons over a 10 day timetable. They study a range of topics which is shown below.
Year 8: What is Geography, Where do I live, Mapskills, Weather and Climate and Settlement.
Year 9: Rocks, Natural disasters- volcanoes and earthquakes, Microclimate, Population.
Year 10: ICT accreditation- European countries, Tourism, Coasts, Development.
Key Stage 4
Pupils in St. Genevieve’s study the CCEA GCSE specification. Students complete 3 units throughout the two year course with an opportunity for fieldwork.
Unit 1 - Understanding Our Natural World (37.5%)
Unit 2 - Living in Our World (37.5%)
Unit 3 - Fieldwork report (25%)
More information can be found on the CCEA website
What qualification will I gain from this subject?
A level Geography is taught in DLSC as part of the consortium arrangements. You will gain an AS level in Year 13 or a full A level if you continue your studies to Year14. The subject content follows an issue and impacts approach throughout. It has a developmental structure designed to facilitate progression through the course and beyond to link to the demands of higher level study. Some concepts covered at GCSE will be revisited at A level.
What is the content of the course?
Physical and Human Geography
Contemporary Geographical Issues
Geography Fieldwork Investigation or Geographical issue evaluation
How will I be assessed in this subject?
You will be assessed by written examination.
Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences with the natural sciences. A strong commitment to studying Geography and good time management skills are essential. Geography students are well organised and can work independently.
Where can I find out additional information about this subject?
You should speak to your Geography teacher and Year 13 and 14 pupils who already study A level Geography. The following websites will also have useful advice:
The geography department are currently running an afterschool geography club providing pupils with opportunities to explore more geography topics in depth. Pupils are encouraged to be creative, improve their map reading skills and ICT skills through the medium of geography. The club runs on a Thursday from 3.15-4pm.