Geography is about the world in which we live, with which we interact, and on which we depend. Few people would dispute that children should be taught about the character and diversity of the world’s environments, places and people; the processes that shape and change them; and how they interact. As responsible citizens we should all understand how the manner in which we chose to live our lives has implications for others and for the environment, both locally and globally. Likewise, our lives and environments are affected by decisions and people far removed. Geography teaches these important lessons about diversity, inequality, change and interdependence, at different scales from community to global.

The discipline is a spatial science, and it provides a unique bridge between the study of the physical environment, and the study of societies and cultures. The geography department undertakes several trips to local, national and international locations. Due to geography’s unique position in the curriculum, many of the trips are twinned with other departments, for example Kew Gardens with the Biology Department, Berlin with the History Department and Tilbury Power Station with the Science Department to name a few.

The geography programme is designed for study at both Higher and Standard Level. It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Geography or equivalent.

Compulsory topics:

  • Population in transition
  • Disparities in wealth and development
  • Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability
  • Patterns in resource consumption

Optional subjects:

  • Extreme environments
  • Hazards and disasters
  • Urban environments