Pupils study Geoegraphy from Year 8 – 10 and at GCSE, AS and A2 level.   A wide range of topics are covered, with a strong emphasis on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), particularly in Year 8.  Pupils learn about the role they play in a wide range of environmental issues, such as Ethical Shopping; Energy and Water conservation; Waste & Recycling and Wildlife Conservation.

Links have been developed with other subjects such as Maths, History and RE.  Award winning projects through the Eco-Unesco and Eco-Schools programmes have also been incorporated in the teaching of Geography.  Strong emphasis is also put on mapping skills, atlas use, developing research skills and ICT.

Key Stage 4

Geography is a popular choice at GCSE level and comprises 2 units – Physical & Human.

  • Physical
  • The Restless Earth
  • Challenge of Weather & Climate
  • Water on the Land
  • Human
  • Population Change
  • Changing Rural Environments
  • Tourism

Pupils spend a day studying the River Shimna, Co. Down.  This gives them the opportunity to learn fieldwork techniques and investigative skills.  This makes up the remaining 25% in the Controlled Assessment element.

Pupils also have the option to study Geography at AS and A2 level.  The course is similar to GCSE, with Human and Physical Geography being studied.  Statistics, fieldwork techniques, and decision-making  skills which are also taught over the two years.