The Geography Department aims to develop students' understanding about the world around them. It aims to help students consider their future world. By considering key issues, landforms and world changes, students are able to develop a range of key skills. This development of skills provides them with great opportunities for future development and employability.

We want to create successful learners who progress and achieve, considerate individuals who lead safe and healthy lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Geography is a crucial subject for students to learn, to understand about the formation of our world, how people impact and change our world and how it can be preserved for the future.

Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.

Ethos & Values

We aim:

  • To enhance children's quality of learning through the effective delivery of the Geography syllabus.
  • To raise attainment by creating a target-orientated culture based on the enhancement of self-esteem.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students.
  • To manage resources to ensure maximum benefit.

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, its consequences for other humans and the world they inhabit are important to all students in understanding the world in which we live.

Geography allows you to develop key world information and to develop a variety of skills. A successful Geographer will be able to:

  • Understand what motivates people, what they think and feel.
  • Gather and read different kinds of information.
  • Read maps, graphs and other diagrams.
  • Communicate clearly and learn to express yourself verbally and on paper.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, displaying a good standard of written English.
  • Present arguments and consider viewpoints.
  • Work safely in different locations whilst undertaking fieldwork.
  • Use specialised fieldwork equipment to gather information about the locations your visit.
  • Develop the use of subject specialist equipment and ICT.

Resources & Facilities

At Somercotes Academy we have a dedicated and professional Geography teacher, who is passionate about teaching the subject.

We offer dedicated, well equipped and comfortable classrooms, with interactive facilities; we also offer a wide range of quality resources and subject specific software.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

All students study Geography at Key Stage 3 in line with the National Curriculum.

At Key Stage 3 students investigate areas such as Where is Britain?, Settlement Changes, Crime, Coasts, Earthquakes and Volcanoes plus Brazil and its rainforest.

Key Stage 4

In GCSE Geography, for Years 10 and 11, OCR examination Syllabus 'B' is followed. It involves studies of the following topics:

  1. Rivers and Coasts
  2. Population and Settlement
  3. Natural hazards
  4. Economic Development

As part of the course students need to undertake fieldwork, investigating key features of a local coastline. The data collected will be used to write a Controlled Assessment report forming 25% of the GCSE grade. In addition students will sit a 'key themes' examination paper worth 50% of the GCSE and a Sustainable Decision Making Exercise examination paper worth a further 25%. The Controlled Assessment will be sat when students are in Year 10 and the additional examination papers will be sat in the Summer of Year 11.

Year 9 students: Students in Year 9 will be following the new GCSE syllabus from the AQA examination board which will be graded from 1-9. Students will study a variety of topics including:

  • Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • The Challenge of Resource Management

Students studying this GCSE will also undertake fieldwork, practicing different methods of data collection for both Human and Physical Geography; these skills along with all additional content will be tested in examination papers at the end of Year 11.

Learning Outside The Classroom

At Key Stage 4 Geography GCSE students will undertake a one day visit to the coast to complete their Geography GCSE field investigation which is worth 25% of their GCSE grade. Pupils will develop their skills in collecting data including field sketches, profiling and analysing beach gradients. The focus of the investigation will change annually based on the exam board criteria which can range from looking at the structure of the coastline to management and sustainability.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

The study of Geography lets you develop skills which could lead to many different career choices. Many people who have studied Geography have gone into the following fields:

Accountancy, Administration, Archaeology, Architecture, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Drama Theatre and the Performing Arts, Education, Environment and Conservation, Finance, Information Management, Media, Teaching, Public Relations, Journalist, Legal Executive, Police, Politics, Publishing, Sales and Marketing, Solicitor, Tourism, Town Planning, TV Researchers, Lawyers

Geography is highly regarded by many employers and universities due to the wide range of skills and knowledge that students acquire.

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson