The study of Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people to make sense of a complex and dramatically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact and how the world is interconnected. Because ‘change happens’ our curriculum is always evolving to encompass students’ responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
In KS3, students study the local area, including a field-study of the impact of traffic in Uxbridge, as well as learning essential map skills, studying a range of countries across the world and looking and the impacts of crime and tourism.
In KS4, we use the AQA ‘A’ specification for both long and short course GCSE Geography. This course studies both Physical and Human geography, again at a range of scales. 25% of this course involves a controlled assessment, which is based around fieldwork.
In KS5, we study the WJEC specification, which incorporates Changing Physical and Human Environments, as well as the importance of Emerging Asia and Glacial landscapes. Students are encouraged to undertake an individual research project, based around fieldtrips.
Within the Geography department we have four dedicated geography teaching rooms, each with interactive whiteboards. There is also a computer suite within one of the rooms, which can be used for research and coursework.