Geography

Geography at St. Ignatius allows our students to delve into captivating landscapes, diverse cultures, and environmental issues.

Welcome to Geography

Geography at St. Ignatius allows our students to delve into captivating landscapes, diverse cultures, and environmental issues. Our dynamic curriculum equips students with essential knowledge and skills to understand and safeguard our planet.

Key Stage 3 & 4

Key Stage Three Curriculum:

Throughout Key Stage 3 students explore a range of topics and skills. They will develop their understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale, and will explore the characteristics, distribution and processes affecting contrasting physical and human environments. Students will consider the ways in which people interact with each other and with their environment and explore an appreciation of and concern for the environment. Overall, we cultivate an appreciation of the earth including its people, places, landscapes, natural processes and phenomena. This is further enriched during fieldwork opportunities.

IGCSE Geography

Building upon the Key Stage 3 curriculum, our students learn 3 main geographical themes at IGCSE:

  1. Population and settlement such as ageing populations and improving slums.
  2. The natural environment such as Coasts and Earthquakes and Volcanoes.
  3. Economic development such as Development and Water.

Combined the curriculum enables our students to develop lifelong skills, including:

  • understanding the processes which affect physical and human environments
  • understanding place on a local, regional and global scale
  • the ability to use and understand geographical data and information
  • understanding how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.

We also maximise the opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom through local trips.

Extra Curricular

REVISION

Students in Year 11-13 have bespoke revision sessions which help students stay on top of their studies. These clubs meet weekly and are hosted by the relevant subject teacher. It provides an opportunity for students to revise core subject material, practice geographical skills, and stay motivated. It also helps students to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, socialise with peers, build confidence, and develop a strong study routine.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Students ages 14 years old and above can complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This club meets weekly in Term 1. DofE is a life-changing program for young people, helping them build skills, confidence and edge when applying for further education or employment. It also provides a great way to demonstrate ‘soft skills’ like communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Participants also benefit from being healthier and making memories that last a lifetime.

Fieldtrips

We aim to provide the opportunity for every year group to participate in one local fieldtrip per year to show geography in the workplace, see geography in action or to collect data for a geographical investigation. We also strive to develop links with the community and have outside speakers come and present to our students, particularly in KS4 and KS5.

Sixth Form Geography

Our students learn a range of physical and human geography topics such as Migration and Rivers at AS Level to Hazardous Environments and Global Interdependence at A Level. Throughout A Level Geography, our students will develop an:

  • understanding of the principal processes operating within physical geography and human geography
  • understanding of the causes and effects of change on natural and human environments
  • awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solve contemporary human and environmental problems
  • evaluate different types and sources of information
  • skills to think logically and present a coherent argument.


We also maximise the opportunities for students to learn about outside the classroom during local and international fieldtrips.

Future Careers

A degree in Geography can lead to diverse and impactful careers. From environmental consultancy and urban planning to climate science and international aid work, the opportunities are vast. Geographers are equipped to address global challenges, shape policies, and contribute to sustainable development. With skills in data analysis, mapping, and a deep understanding of the world, they are in demand across sectors from environmental protection to market research. A Geography degree opens doors to a world of possibilities.