Geography is a rigorous and multi-disciplinary subject which encourages intellectual curiosity and engagement in real-world issues. Departmental staff are highly experienced and well-travelled, and lessons are creatively presented with a range of visits and trips to reinforce classroom learning. All students study Geography in Years 7 to 9. Thereafter, students may opt to study the subject at a higher level for IGCSE and, A Level (following the Edexcel syllabus) and IB.
The department is well resourced with access to Smart Boards and computers as well as a comprehensive range of DVDs, texts and fieldwork equipment. There is also a wealth of online resources available in the Library and our online subscriptions which support background research. There are extensive revision materials written by the department for the external exam courses for students in Years 10-13 on the school’s VLE (virtual learning environment) accessible through the school’s web page via the links ‘button’ on Moodle. The department has written its own resources to help develop students’ knowledge and ways of thinking including puzzles such as crosswords and grids known as ‘walls’ inspired by the TV program Only Connect.
Years 7 to 9
During the first three years at Worth students study physical geography topics of rivers, coasts, weather, ecosystems, tectonics and natural hazards. Human geography topics covered include energy, population, migration, globalisation and development. We look at global warming and the strategies undertaken to cope with natural disasters where physical and human aspects of the course come together. There is also an early opportunity to use IGCSE style questions and students study techniques for success at answering these types of questions.
Years 10 & 11
The IGCSE course is assessed with one final end of course exam. Topics covered include coastal environments, hazardous environments, economic activity and energy, urban environments, globalisation and migration. There are also several field trips to practise coursework techniques which are tested in the exam.
The AS contains a balanced mix of physical and human contemporary topics such as natural hazards, global warming, globalisation, population and migration. A2 topics include energy, superpower geographies, the development gap, the technological fix, water, biodiversity and tectonic hazards. With regard to the optional subjects on the Paper 2 for AS the topics of crowded coasts and rebranding are taught.
There are also field trips to practise coursework techniques which are tested in the exam.
The Core Paper 1 topics for both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) include population, disparities in wealth and development, patterns in environmental quality, and sustainability and resource consumption.
Further options are chosen from are oceans, hazards and disasters and urban environments. HL students then have an additional paper featuring seven topics all concerned with globalisation.
A two-day trip to South Wales is a requirement for all IB students taking geography in order to collect the data necessary for their coursework investigation of a psammosere succession at Oxwich Bay.
Every three years there is an optional eight-day expedition to Iceland available to students in Years 10-12.