There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses you can study. Statistics show that compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable. This is presumably because geographers possess the abilities and skills that employers look for.
Whatever your passion for the world – fascination with landscapes or concerns about inequality – Geography will provide you with knowledge and transferable skills that will reward you personally and advance you professionally.
Geography has always had massive importance in the education of young people. Gaining knowledge of the world and understanding why differences occur within it is integral to a healthy and open mind. In the modern world; global warming, the destruction of the rainforests and global inequality, to name only a few, are issues that require understanding from the future generations.
It is for these reasons that the Geography department at Trinity Academy, through Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level, aim to provide students with this opportunity.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students develop a range of knowledge and skills across different areas of Geography. This aids a foundation for development at GCSE. Topics such as population, settlements, rivers, coasts, earthquakes and volcanoes alongside learning map skills are developed across year 7 and 8.
Key Stage 4
Students study the 9 to 1 GCSE Geography specification from AQA. Through this students enhance their understanding of both human and physical Geography. Studying topics such as ecosystems, natural hazards and UK landscapes. Plus explore issues with urban development, sustaining resources and climate change. Underpinning this is fieldwork, in which students explore contrasting locations to identify patterns and trends. Assessment is in the form of three examinations, which test the knowledge and skills developed over the course.
Key Stage 5
Students study the Geography specification from AQA. Through this they explore a range of human and physical issues, considering issues around how places change over time, the impacts of hazards on our landscape, the developments within a coastal zone and the changing nature of the globalised world. Through the course, students over 4 fieldwork days, explore a range of locations to both extend and support their learning. Through this data collection students build a fieldwork report which forms part of the A-level assessment. This linking with two examination to form the assessment at A-level.
Opportunities in Geography
The department runs a Geography club. This provides an opportunity to explore and investigate new areas of Geography; while deepening and broadening understanding developed in the classroom. The club aims to raise the profile of Geography across the Academy and educate others on areas such as Fair Trade and recycling.
The Geography department at Trinity also rewards its aspiring young geographers by sending post cards home half termly. Chosen geographers will have their names displayed on the noticeboard along the Geography corridor and on TV-screen displays throughout the Academy.