Geography, due to its enjoyment in school and its increasing relevance to our lives in the outside world, is a very popular GCSE and A-Level option.
Areas studied span all scales from local problems to worldwide topics. The courses chosen are designed to be highly relevant and include contemporary human issues such as population growth, ageing populations, migration flows, global urban issues. We also study physical topics including the landscape of the UK, glaciation, tropical rainforests and the geology of the UK. Geography provides young people with greater awareness of day to day lives and contributes to their employability.
In the 3rd Form, we study the physical landscape of the UK, hazards and a case study looking at the regeneration of the city of Bristol.
We run a biannual trip to Italy to see Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri etc. to study tectonics and tourism, and every four years we attempt to run a major international trip (for example, Costa Rica, Galapagos). In addition, there will be local fieldwork opportunities to support the various courses.
We also run the termly “Geography Forum” where we invite 6th Formers to lecture visiting students and staff.
At GCSE we study the AQA GCSE Geography Specification which includes the topics: Urban Challenges, Living World, Physical Landscapes of the UK, Natural Hazards, Resource Management and Changing Economic World.
At A-Level we study the Cambridge International AS and A-Level Syllabus which includes the topics: Hydrology and Fluvial Geomorphology, Atmosphere and Weather, Rocks and Weathering, Population, Migration, and Settlement Dynamics at AS Level. At A2 we will be looking at Coastal Environments, Hazardous Environments, Global Interdependence and Economic Transition. This course is designed to allow non-GCSE geography students to join the department at A-Level at no disadvantage.