Geography at CCHSG should prepare young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales.

Geography Students at CCHSG will:

  • Develop subject mastery within Geography that will enable them to be prepared with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
  • Embrace the opportunities to build their cultural capital in order to face the challenges that are shaping our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales, creating resilient leaders of tomorrow.

Key Stage 3 is taught across years 7 and 8, with Year 9 starting the GCSE specification content to enable in depth subject mastery, to prepare students for the academic rigour of grade 8 and 9, A-Level studies and beyond. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to ensure that students cover a wide breadth of content and embedded skills. The curriculum aims to give students access to active and creative approaches to subject.

At GCSE (AQA) Students will travel the world from their classroom, exploring case studies in the United Kingdom (UK), higher income countries (HICs), newly emerging economies (NEEs) and lower income countries (LICs). Topics of study include climate change, landscapes, hazards, poverty, deprivation, global shifts in economic power and the challenge of sustainable resource use. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. At A-Level, we study AQA Geography, enabling natural progression from GCSE to GCE, ensuring that there is development  of breadth and depth of content. Students are given the opportunity to develop fieldwork skills and study geographical issues and impacts.

As well as providing excellent academic Geography tuition, the department also offers a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities. These activities help students make sense of, and take responsibility for, their own learning and instil transferable interpersonal skills such as team working, time-management and organisational skills. Some of these groups and activities include:

  • Mastery Tasks for all year groups
  • Year 9 – History/Geography Matrix Day
  • GeogDocs for all Years
  • GeogSoc for Years 9-13
  • EcoSchools
  • Years 7 to 13 – the Geographical Association and the Minds Underground essay writing competitions
  • Year 10/11 – student mentoring run by Year 12 subject prefects

As a degree subject, geography is highly respected by employers. Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths. It’s often said that there is no such thing as a geography job; rather there are multiple jobs that geographers do. A geography degree opens up careers in a range of fields, including those in the education, commerce, industry, transport, tourism and public sectors. You’ll also have many transferable skills, attracting employers from the business, law and finance sectors. Many of our students go on to do Geography, or Geography related disciplines such as Ecology, Planning or Geoscience.

Employers include:

  • the Armed Forces
  • Charities
  • the Civil Service
  • Environmental Consultancies
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Information Systems Organisations
  • Local Government
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Police Service
  • Private Companies
  • Utility companies

The department is housed in Geography specific classrooms, each with projectors and visualiser as well as a Geography Study room, including its own reference library, exclusively for the use of Sixth Form students. The department has a wide range of fieldwork equipment to enable a broad range of independent investigations as part of the A-Level NEA.