S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Geography at S. Anselm's College

"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future"  Michael Palin

Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. Geography is a great adventure with a purpose. So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.

Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. It is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment. Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning or experientially through travel, fieldwork and expeditions – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens.

Year 9 Geography

At S. Anselm's College the Year 9 Geography course has evolved from the ethos of pupil-centred enquiry. This means the course in the College focuses the pupils' minds on the geographical issues that are relevant to their generation: fundamentally, how and why the world is changing, globally and locally and how - with planning - the future may be more sustainable.  We explore geographical issues such as climate change, deforestation, water as a resource, population issues and sustainable management in cities and a number of environments.

In Geography, pupils are encouraged to be scholarly in their approach and ask thoughtful key questions rather than simply learn facts for facts' sake. Pupils have the opportunity to consider a variety of stakeholder views on a variety of geographical issues and, in doing so, become knowledgeable yet critical geographers.

We also explore the diverse wealth of landscape in the local area - and beyond - through a wide programme of visits and practical fieldwork, which includes a river study in the Peak District National Park as well as a review of urban management.


GCSE Geography at S. Anselm's College

At S.Anselm’s College we will follow the Edexcel Syllabus ‘A’ Specification. This is a two year course although some of the themes will have been explored in Year 9.

Qualification aims and objectives

Geography gives students the opportunity to understand more about the world, the challenges it faces and their place within it. This GCSE course will deepen understanding of geographical processes, illuminate the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions, highlight the dynamic links and interrelationships between places and environments at different scales, and develop students’ competence in using a wide range of geographical investigative skills and approaches. Geography enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

The aims and objectives of this course are to enable students to build on their knowledge and skills to:

  • develop and extend their knowledge of locations, places, environments and processes, and of different scales, including global; and of social, political and cultural contexts
  • gain understanding of the interactions between people and environments, change in places and processes over space and time, and the interrelationship between geographical phenomena at different scales and in different contexts (think like a geographer)
  • develop and extend their competence in a range of skills, including those used in fieldwork, in using maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and in researching secondary evidence, including digital sources; and develop their competence in applying sound enquiry and investigative approaches to questions and hypotheses (study like a geographer)
  • apply geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real-world contexts, including fieldwork, and to contemporary situations and issues; and develop well-evidenced arguments, drawing on their geographical knowledge and understanding (applying geography).




GCSE content and assessment information

Component 1: The Physical Environment

Section A: The changing landscapes of the UK

Section B: Weather hazards and climate change

Section C: Ecosystems, biodiversity and management


Component 2: The Human Environment

Section A: Changing cities

Section B: Global development

Section C: Resource management


Component 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges

Section A: Geographical investigations – physical environments

Students choose one from two optional questions (Rivers or Coasts).

Section B: Geographical investigations – human environments

Students choose one from two optional questions (Central/Inner Urban Area or Rural Settlements).

Section C: UK challenges