Geography at Weald of Kent Grammar School
Geography is a diverse and vibrant subject that is undergoing a change in its curriculum. The new curriculum aims to give the students understanding of the UK landscape as well as environments on the global scale. The students will gain both the relevant skills and content to be a success at A-level and in Higher education. Geography is about you, me and everyone else on the face of the earth. It is one of the most important subjects in the world; not only because of the content but that it trains students to be independent and critical thinkers. By encouraging this skill set students will deepen their abilities at A-level and become lifelong learners. No other subject provides you with the wide ranging and transferable skills or knowledge that include independent studying, structuring essays, communication skills, social skills and presentation skills. The subject offers a wide range in job opportunities with routes in law, finance, governmental work and working with charities. The subject can give you the opportunity to do Master’s degrees and PHDs abroad gaining a vast experience in fieldwork methodology, analysis and evaluation. During the two year course you will have 4 days of field studies that will go towards creating a geographical enquiry that makes up 20% of you’re A-level grade. This will involve you planning, collecting, analysing and concluding data to answer a hypothesis of your own making. It is an invaluable experience that provides you the opportunity to gain skill relevant for higher education. The department also offers a range of GA lectures of conceptually and contextually interesting information, that can be added to your learning in the classroom. The department strives for your success and will work with you providing support and engaging lessons so that you can fulfil your potential and have a successful two years.
· The course will run over two years with no AS offered in year 12.
· The course is split into a human and physical paper, both worth 40% each. The remaining 20% is made up of your geographical enquiry (3000-4000 words).
· The papers are both 2h 30m in length with a range of questions from multiple choice to larger 9 mark questions. Each paper will have a 30 mark extended writing question.
· The geographical enquiry includes 4 days fieldwork experience with 2 of the days collecting data for your hypothesis/aim.
- Global systems and governance
- Changing places
- Resource security
- Water and carbon cycles
- Coastal systems and landscapes
A Grade 6 or above in GCSE Geography is expected
Assessment will take the form of 2 papers each 2h 30mins in length. Questions will range from 1 mark multi choice to longer structured 9 mark questions. Each paper will contain 30 mark extended writing questions.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weald of Kent Grammar School directly.