The subject Geography develops a wide range of skills as well as subject knowledge. Geographical skills include fieldwork and observation, map work and cartography, sampling data and presentation as well as analytical skills. Geography also helps you refine your transferable skills such as team work, decision making, problem solving, forming and expressing opinions, appreciating different points of view, data analysis, graphical skills, time management, ICT, presentation, independent research, organisation, numeracy and literacy. This is why Geography is so transferable and desirable when entering employment or higher education.
Years 7 and 8 will begin studying Geography from September 2019. Year 7 will have one lesson a week and Year 8 two lessons a week. In year 7 the students will study Map skills, Settlements, Weather/Climate, Water Cycle, Rivers, Flooding, Rainforests and Ecosystems. In year 8 the students will be studying population and migration, Climate Change, Watersupply, Coast and Coastal Processes, Extreme Weather, Tectonics. The year eights will also be doing a field trip during the summer term looking at coasts and coastal processes.
Geography is a popular Option choice at key stage 4 (GCSE). At Oaks Park we will be following the Edexcel syllabus for the current year 9 and 10 year students. This has been changed from September 2019 this year from the WJEC (EDUQAS) syllabus, which the current year 11’s will follow until the end of the 2019/20 academic year. The Edexcel GCSE Geography course is a wide-ranging course, including topics such as urbanisation, global development issues, river and coastal processes, tectonics, weather and climate, climate change, water supply and ecosystems.
Geography is also a popular Option at key stage 5 (A-level), where we follow the OCR syllabus and study topics ranging from coastal erosion and management to poverty, development issues, climate change and tectonic hazards. Both of these courses are highly contemporary, and provide the opportunity to study current national and world issues. The breadth of the courses means that there is something of interest for all students, and that will provide many opportunities for both further, advanced, study and for a variety of career paths e.g. cartographer,
environmental consultant, town planner, geographical information systems officer, conservation officer, recycling officer, landscape architect, teacher/lecturer.