There are many reasons why Geography is one of the most popular subject choices at St George’s College from GCSE to A Level.
Geography is both an art and a science subject and is recognised by Universities with either a BSc or a BA degree. It provides an excellent balance for many other subjects and Geography graduates have one of the highest employment ratios once they have earned their degrees. Many of our A Level Geographers go on to read Geography or Geography related courses at University.
The new AQA A Level course in the Lower Sixth has proved to be very popular and seeks to build on foundations laid at GCSE Level. The exam style includes short answer questions, in which students need to develop their understanding of processes and also longer essay questions that encourages evaluative thinking and reasoning to build on their case study knowledge. An individual piece of coursework is required and students are given the opportunity to collect data or simply to learn possible fieldwork techniques on a residential field course to Wales.
The AQA A2 course is a very exciting syllabus which studies plate tectonics, ecosystems and global conflicts or development. The material covered includes both physical and human geography. Students will also cover several issues of current affairs such as terrorism, the energy crisis and global warming.
The Geography Department is made up of six full time teaching staff. Two members of staff teach each group and lessons will include a variety of modern teaching strategies. Students may be asked to prepare presentations to give to the rest of the class, or they could be involved with group work, debates or global summits. We are situated in the Henderson Centre, with five new purpose built class rooms, including two with ICT provision. We pride ourselves on maintaining a friendly relationship with all our students, whilst always ensuring we challenge them to work to the very best of their ability.