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Geography

Whilst applicants must be capable of undertaking the whole programme, the Geography element is straightforward and is comparable in standard to the A-level; grades were excellent last year. Candidates can opt to take the subject at Standard Level or Higher Level. The difference between the two Levels is the time spent on the subject and the amount of work undertaken. The higher level option does have an extension paper designed to stretch your abilities.

Current Year 11 students who opt for Geography will have the opportunity of undertaking residential fieldwork in either the UK or abroad.

Pupils who study Geography will be offered the following field trip opportunities:

  • Day trip to the River Darent
  • A four day residential trip to Dorset to study the Geography of the area. We will be staying in the Townsend Centre. This trip includes studies of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the River Swanbrook; rural settlements and diversification. Staff and pupils work together to collect data throughout the day and enjoy a range of activities in the evening.
  • Those pupils of a slightly more adventurous nature can opt to take part in overseas residential fieldwork. The past two years we have visited Iceland and studied glaciers, geysers, black basalt beaches. Visited Reykjavik seen the Northern Lights, Geothermal power stations and the Blue Lagoon.

In addition in Year 13 we carry out a London fieldwork day looking at gentrification, ethnic enclaves and urban sustainability.

Structure of the course

Part 1: Core theme – patterns and change

  1. Populations in transition
  2. Disparities in wealth and development
  3. Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability
  4. Patterns in resource consumption

Part 2:

  1. Freshwater – issues and conflicts
  2. Hazards and disasters
  3. Urban environments

Part 3:

Higher level extension paper

Coursework:

  • One fieldwork report of 2,500 words