The study of geography aims to inspire in people a curiosity and fascination about the world, how it is changing and its people. The subject equips students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human environments.
As students progress, their knowledge about the world deepens their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and the formation of landscapes and environments people live in. This acquired knowledge and geographical understanding allows students to question the world we live in, its sustainability and what can happen to environments in the future.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, we embed the geographical skills students will need for geography at GCSE level and higher. We focus on key skills such as; locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork. We study a variety of different topics which enables students to gain a genuine interest in the subject and encourages students to question their location surroundings and the wider world.
- Wonderful World
- Water on the Land
- Map Work Skills
- A Local Geographical Investigation
- Geography of My Stuff
- Natural Hazards
- Energy and Climate Change
We start the GCSE geography course in Year 9 making it a 3-year GCSE to stretch and challenge students to reach their full potential. The topics we cover include;
- Urban and Rural Environments
- Population and Migration
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11, we follow the Welsh Eduqas Specification B course. The course focuses on a variety of different topics to enable students to think creatively, be independent learners and have the ability to make a concise geographical decision. In Year 10, the course investigates rivers and floods, desertification, weather and climate, ecosystems and migration. In Year 11, there is a greater emphasis on geographical skills and fieldwork. Students must complete two separate days of fieldwork in order for them to think mathematically and scientifically, by collecting and recording appropriate evidence from a range of sources. Students need to critically assess evidence and produce findings to reach conclusions. Students learn how to represent their fieldwork and to assess the validity of their research.
From September 2017, we are delighted to give students the opportunity to study geography at A Level at the Urswick School Sixth Form Academy.