Geography is a fascinating subject which describes our Earth and asks us to question the world around us. It looks at the relationships that exist between the physical world and humanity.
Key Stage 3
In Junior school the emphasis is on developing a sense of place through the use of geographical skills and highlighting their importance within society. The main content for each year group is:
- What is Geography?
- Where do I live?
- Changing World of Work
- Food Miles
- Fieldtrip to Streamvale Farm
- Weather & Climate
- Atlas Skills
- Recycling event with Arc21 and ANDBC
- Tropical Rainforests
- OS Maps
- Geography & Careers
Key Stage 4
GCSE Geography is a popular choice of subject at Glenlola. Pupils follow the CCEA specification and are allocated three periods every week. Pupils participate in a residential field study at Magilligan Field Centre in preparation for GCSE Unit 3. The GCSE course consists of the following units:
- Population & Migration
- The Restless Earth
- Changing Urban Areas
- River Environments
- River study – Curly Burn River
- Coastal Environments
- Our Changing Weather & Climate
- Managing our Environment
- Contrasts in World Development
Our students sit their GCSE external examinations at the end of Year 12.
Key Stage 5
Team Teaching is used to deliver the CCEA Specification with three teachers specialising in the three areas of the course. The following topics are taught at AS and A2:
- Fluvial environments
- Biomes & small-scale ecosystems
- Atmospheric Processes
- Skills and Techniques
- Plate Tectonics
- Dynamic Coastal Environments
- Planning for Sustainable Settlements
- Decision Making
The skills and knowledge you gain from studying Geography at GCSE, and beyond, are relevant to almost all jobs and workplaces.
Geography can lead to a wide range of careers such as urban planning, cartography, GIS applications, teaching, climatology, hydrography, environmental management, weather forecasting, journalism, landscape architecture, surveying, aerial photography, travel & tourism, banking, commerce.
Of course many pupils use their school geography as a way of showing their general ability. In this way, it is a good qualification and can lead to employment in most types of job, and can help you to qualify for entrance to many further courses at school, college or university.