Head of Faculty: Mr O.J. Russell
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Currently the Geography Faculty has 6 members of staff, over 80 Pre-U students in the Sixth Form, 150+ IGCSE students, and the whole of the first year intake (Third Form). We have recently moved buildings, and are now enjoying the luxury of the brand new Hodgson Hall. We pride ourselves on high academic standards throughout the age range, but we welcome enthusiastic students of all abilities in the Faculty.
All pupils who enter the School at the age of 13 study Geography. We take this opportunity of beginning straight away with the CIE IGCSE course. The first half of the Michaelmas term is based around basic geographical skills – map work, atlas work, simple physical geography. Then in November we begin the CIE themes, starting with plate tectonics, and moving on to food, and energy. We don’t like to make this year too prescriptive as we think it important to ‘smell the roses’ along the way. The Third Formers make their choice whether to continue with Geography at the end of the Lent term. Usually about two-thirds of the year opt to continue.
Fourth and Fifth Forms
In the Fourth and the Fifth Forms we continue with the Cambridge International GCSE course (CIE IGCSE), in the following order:
Industry/weather, climate and vegetation
Revision - in particular: Plate tectonics/energy/food
Throughout the course we emphasise the importance of geographical skills – map-work, geographical Information systems, interpretation of graphs, tables and photographs.
There are three elements to the course which are tested in the following way: a geographical themes paper (as above) which is worth 45% of the total mark; a geographical skills paper, worth 27.5%; and a teacher-led project, also worth 27.5%. For further details, see http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-geography-0460/
From September 2016, students have been following the Cambridge Pre-U Geography course. For more details, see Geography in the Sixth Form.
A Level Results - Geography
GCSE Results - Geography