Geography is a unique subject which unites humanities subjects (such as history, politics and economics) and sciences (such as physics, biology and chemistry). The importance of studying geography is of increasing importance in today’s world where globalisation impacts our goods, work and economy and issues such as deforestation and climate change have consequences worldwide.It teaches them to become global citizens by understanding their role and responsibility in local and global issues to other people and the environment.
Geographers have to gather knowledge from a range of topics from local to global locations to understand different features of the world and link these ideas between them in a more fluid way than the traditional geography of the past. This together with geographer’s ability to answer collect data in fieldwork and analyse this to answer questions means that Geography graduates are one of the most employable after leaving university.
Key Stage 4 students complete the International GCSE Geography qualification (Edexcel) which is a two year course culminating in 1 examination in the summer term of Year 11. Students build from their knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 3 and reflect on the recent changes in the world and to give them a solid base of knowledge, understanding and skills to support progress to A Level in Geography (and linking subjects such as Geology, Tourism or Environmental Studies).
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum gives a broad and balanced introduction to many key geographical topics such as rivers and coasts, globalisation, tectonics and urban studies. Students in Year 7 start by building on their place knowledge key geographical skills such as map reading, sketching and graphical skills and these are then carried through topics in year 8 and 9.
Throughout key stage 3 students will have opportunities to undertake geographical enquiry through fieldwork opportunities in and around BISAK school and through an international visit in Year 9. By doing this they will be able to ask geographical questions about the local area, collect independent data and secondary research and present this data in a variety of ways to help with their analysis and conclusions before evaluating their work.
The International Advanced Level Geography qualification (Edexcel) can be studied as a one year at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level or carried on into a second year to receive a full A Levelqualification. This course reflects today’s global world, building on from GCSE and offers students an analytical approach to studying topical, current affairs as well as a thorough understanding of the concepts and processes at work shaping our natural world.
At least 2 full days of fieldwork is required off the school site is needed to gather data in geographical investigations to prepare students for the examination.
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