Geography develops our students into responsible future leaders; it is the medium through which young people emerge with a full range of essential life skills. These include enhanced literacy, immaculate numeracy and an analytical mind. It breeds tolerance of people and cultures, a perspective of time and space, an appreciation of the environment, a respect for the past, the ability to evaluate the present, confidence in decision-making, planning and predicting the future. Geography provides a coherent body of thought provoking knowledge. It rewards those most willing to learn.
In the Upper Sixth Form pupils study, AQA specification A:
Unit 4:Challenge and Change in the Natural Environment
• Coasts - Processes and Problems
• Geomorphological Processes and Hazards or Cold Environments
Unit 5: Challenge and Change in the Human Environment
• Population Pressure and Resource Management
• Recreation and Tourism
Unit 6: Fieldwork Investigation
This involves a personal investigation of approximately 4000 words assessed and marked by the exam board. This can be on any aspect of the specification, containing a spatial element and preferably in the local area. This is completed by the January of the final year.
In the Lower SIxth Form pupils study AS Geography, AQA specification A, assessed via 3 one hour exams:
Unit 1: Core Concepts in Physical Geography
• Water on the Land
• Climatic Hazards and Change
• Energy and Life.
Unit 2: Core Concepts in Human Geography
• Population Dynamics
• Settlement Processes and Patterns
• Economic Activity
Unit 3: Geographical Skills
Pupils follow the AQA Syllabus A.
This is examined by two written examinations at the end of the second year course, which test knowledge, understanding and skills. Pupils also undertake a fieldwork component, which should not exceed 3000 words and carries 25% of the total marks.
The main topics covered are Rivers, Coasts, Tectonics, Population, Industry and Managing Resources. The coursework topic has for the last few years, been an evaluation of a stretch of coastline between Herne Bay and Reculver.
Head of Department:
Andrew Bee BSc
Mary Hall BEd
Adrian Wyles BSc, MEd
David Sansom BSc
Phil Smith BA