A taste of Gegraphy at Beechen Cliff
By Dominic Doring, Alex Adams and Jack Book
The Geography Department at Beechen Cliff is one of the most popular and dynamic in the school. We deliver engaging and up to date lessons bringing practical and media elements in where possible. Very large numbers now opt for the subject in KS4 with currently 80 pupils in year 11 and 100 pupils in year 10. Numbers in the sixth form have also doubled in recent years. We currently have 60 students in the lower sixth and 45 in the Upper Sixth. A Fast track GCSE in Humanities is also available as an extra option for Year 9 pupils. Fieldwork lies at the heart of the study of Geography at Beechen Cliff with trips running for each year group.
The majority of homework at all Key Stages will be set through this website. Use the tab at the top of the page to navigate to the appropriate year group and then click the unit currently being studied.
Why Choose Geography as a GCSE option?
'Geography is one of those richly comprehensive subjects whose relevance is all around us' (Michael Palin).
Geography is the study of the physical (natural hazards, rivers, coasts) and human world (population change, development, cities). It links these in space and time, helping us to understand how and why the world is changing and to respond more intelligently to what is happening around us. In a globalised world, geography is a relevant, challenging and topical subject to study. A GCSE geographer will develop many key skills which are useful in the wider world and for employers, for example: decision-making, evaluating, understanding different people's points of view, carrying out enquiries, working in groups, collecting, processing and handling data, using maps, graphs and charts.
Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and there will be an opportunity to attend a field trip to either Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsular, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door on the South coast of Dorset or Lyme Regis, also in Dorset.
At GCSE we follow the OCR B course.
Why choose Geography at A-Level?
The Geography team at Beechen Cliff have many years experience and a proven track record of strong results. We are committed to not only delivering up to date lessons in an engaging manner but also encouraging our students to become independent learners. We aim to retain the teaching and learning styles delivered lower down the school while at the same time preparing students for University level Geography.
At AS-Level we take a residential trip to Dartmoor, staying at the luxurious Colehayes Field Study Centre and carrying out fieldwork at various locations in South Devon. At A2 we run a 5 day trip to Iceland to compliment the Tectonic Hazards unit.
At A-Level we follow the AQA A Course.
Who are the Geography Department?
Mr R Anstey (Head of Geography)
Mr D Brewer (Head of Humanities Faculty)
Mr T Moat
Mr D Roper
Remember full payments are needed for the Iceland 2014 trip by Monday 7th July.
Geography gets a makeover thanks to GCSE photography students
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