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Departments: Geography

Geography is the study of the environment and humans' interactions with it. In geography the students study a wide range of topics.

Year 7

Students are introduced to Geography through the Geography of My Stuff topic where they learn map skills. Students then continue to study both traditional and current geographical topics including Wild and Wonderful Weather, The UK and EU, Ecosystems, Rivers and Africa.

Year 8

This year of study focuses on Tourism, Glaciers, The Geography of Crime, Oceans and The Geography of Sport.

Year 9

Students study AQA A GCSE geography. The course is split into two sections; 'Living with the Physical Environment' and 'Challenges in the Human Environment'. 'Living with the Physical Environment' will consist of Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK and The Living World. 'Challenges in the Human Environment' includes; The Changing Economic World, Urban Issues and Challenges and The Challenge of Resource Management. Students are also expected to complete fieldwork and evaluate geographical issues.

Year 10 & 11

Students study AQA A GCSE geography. The course is split into two sections; 'Living with the Physical Environment' and 'Challenges in the Human Environment'. 'Living with the Physical Environment' will consist of Natural Hazards, Physical Landscapes in the UK and The Living World. 'Challenges in the Human Environment' includes; The Changing Economic World, Urban Issues and Challenges and The Challenge of Resource Management. Students are also expected to complete fieldwork and evaluate geographical issues.

Year 12

The AQA A AS level geography course is split into two sections; 'Physical Geography and People and the Environment' and 'Human Geography and Geography Fieldwork Investigation'. The topics studied in this year include; Coastal Systems and Landscapes, Hazards and Changing Places. In addition, students will complete 2 days of fieldwork and learn to apply geographical skills.

Year 13

The AQA A A2 level geography course is split into Human and Physical Geography. Human Geography includes; Global Systems and Global Governance, Changing Places, and Contemporary Urban Environments. Physical Geography includes; Water and Carbon Cycles, Coastal Systems and landscapes and Hazards. Students will also complete a 3,000 to 4,000 world Geographical Fieldwork Investigation.

Throughout key stages 3, 4 and 5 the students study a mixture of physical geography (learning how and why the world and landscapes are the shape they are) and human geography (learning how and why people have impacts on the people and places around them). At all stages this can involve debating some challenging issues such as:

  • the right of governments to dictate how many children people can have;
  • what sacrifices we have to make in order to reduce our own personal carbon footprints; and
  • how generations of aboriginal people in Australia were lost from their communities.

  • In Year 7 the students study a range of topics including their own families, major world religions, map work, the origins of people in the UK and Coventry and many, many more current and thought provoking topics. The focus is on improving their learning skills through study with a range of exciting new creative ideas. Please see the humanities page for more detailed information.

    In Years 8 and 9 the students use models as a great way to learn; they make river, volcano and earthquake proof building models. The volcano models are always a big hit as we actually get the volcanoes to erupt!

    Almost daily geographical topics are in the news and discussed in the media. We encourage all our students to take an interest in what current geography is happening in the world. A few excellent websites include: the BBC, National Geographic and Global Eye which is specifically geared towards key stage 4 level and is an excellent source for case studies and other detailed information.

    We have a 'Geography in the News' notice board where students can bring in information they are interested in. We are very keen to bring about a wider appreciation of the world around us; to encourage this we have run whole school model making and photography competitions. These have been very well supported and we have received some fantastic entries. Some of the photograph entries including the winning photos can be seen in the geography corridor and model entries can be seen in the library.

    Outdoor learning is a passion of all the geography staff and we are lucky enough to be able to take both the GCSE and A-level students on a field trip to Coventry City Council's own field study centre 'Dol-y-Moch' in North Wales. This is an extremely well run and equipped centre and we are very lucky to be able to use it. The students spend time out in the environment studying topics such as natural coastal processes, human management schemes, rural settlements, flooding and sand dune ecosystems. This fieldwork is vital to enhancing the learning opportunities of the students.

    Learning in the field is a brilliant way to learn and remember complex new techniques and concepts and in addition to this the students have a lot of fun. We are also lucky enough, on our stay at Dol-y-Moch, to be able to spend a day getting involved in some kind of outdoor pursuits. The students have a choice of what activities to get involved in which range from kayaking, abseiling and climbing, orienteering and raft building (always a good opportunity for getting your friends, or perhaps even your teacher wet!).

    Faculty Leader: Ms Madden
    Mrs Brake
    Mr Clarke
    Mrs Ellis
    Mrs Gosling
    Ms McIntosh