St Peter's School
The world is changing. From global climate change to local planning issues, a knowledge of how different parts of the environment are related is fundamental to understanding life in the world today.
Pupils begin to appreciate the relevance of Geography through the use of practical field work, the introduction of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and project based activity, as well as more traditional classroom-based learning with a strong emphasis on ICT.
The OCR(B) syllabus followed at GCSE level covers four main areas: Rivers and Coasts, Economic Systems and Development, Population and Settlement, and Natural Hazards. The course is assessed by a combination of final examination and classroom-based controlled assessment, which is based upon practical field work. Pupils develop a number of transferable skills including data collection, analysis and interpretation, and especially an ability to make informed decisions on wider issues covered by the subject.
At AS and A2 level, pupils hone skills learned at GCSE. At AS level two distinct modules are studied: Changes in the Physical Environment and Changes in the Human Environment whilst at A2 physical and human topics are combined in the Global Issues module.
Field work forms a key part of the overall scheme of work: a number of single day trips in the AS year covering urban and rural land use around York, and an extended field trip to the Isle of Arran at the end of the summer term, which encompasses a variety of data collection methods. This goes on to form the basis of the second A2 module, the Geographical Skills paper, which examines the use of both traditional fieldwork methods as well as more high-tech techniques such as GIS and remote sensing.
The course allows pupils to develop critical minds and to argue and express their own opinions more clearly; skills which are attractive to future employers.
Here at St Peter's we have our own weather station, which constantly collects data on meteorological conditions. Have a look at our weather.
After St Peter’s
The study of Geography is multi-disciplinary and offers a firm grounding in subjects ranging from Geoscience and Earth Science to environmental management and pollution and waste control, encompassing sociology and ecology. Geography can also play an instrumental role in the study of politics, law, archaeology, anthropology and business.
Skills in data collection and data analysis as well as GIS are increasingly sought after by employers in the environmental sector.