Welcome to the Geography Department

'Geography prepares 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'.

Dr Rita Gardner, RGS 2009

Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.

Michael Palin

Key Stage 3

New Year 7 Curriculum

The new humanities curriculum focuses on the 4 curriculum purposes as part of the new Curriculum for Wales. Once pupils have completed a core skills unit they will then study the development of Whitland and Christmas before moving onto units such as invaders and migrants into Wales, climate and rainfall in Wales, life after death and evolution. This is an exciting, challenging, creative and rewarding curriculum and will also encompass the core school values of “we can, we care”.

At KS3 we aim to deliver a curriculum that develops a thirst for knowledge, a sense of awe about the World and understanding of our role as citizens of the World. We deliver a broad curriculum that gives students a grounding in, and develops their enquiry skills in addition to broadening their thinking and evaluative capability so as to equip them for a future in an ever evolving and changing World.

Key Stage 4

We follow the WJEC GCSE Geography Specification. WJEC GCSE Geography adopts an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts. It is based on the principle that geographical education should enable learners to become critical and reflective thinkers by engaging them actively in the enquiry process.

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Key Stage 5

We follow the WJEC GCE AS/A Level Geography Specification. The WJEC GCE AS and A level in Geography encourages learners to apply geographical knowledge, theory and skills to the world around them. In turn this will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the world’s people, places and environments in the 21st Century. Learners should be able to develop both knowledge and understanding of contemporary geographical concepts together with transferable skills that will enable them to progress to higher education and a range of employment opportunities.

The focus of the specification is to develop an enthusiasm for and competence in geography by using contemporary real-world contexts, from a range of specified spatial scales, and through engagement with and practical application of geographical skills and techniques in the field. This specification draws on both physical and human geography, explores people-environment interactions and encourages development of fieldwork at the local level to enable learners to pose enquiry questions.

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Extra Curricular and Fieldwork

As a department we provide the following opportunities to further pupils progress outside the classroom:

  • KS3 Local studies around Whitland and the school grounds

  • GCSE River Syfynwy Study

  • GCSE Aberstwyth Urban & Tourism Studies

  • AS Level Urban Studies at Llanelli

  • AS Level Sand Dune Ecosystem Studies at Freshwater West

  • A2 Level Residential Fieldwork Dorset

  • Iceland Study Visit

  • International linking – Erasmus+ & Lesotho

  • Fairtrade Steering Committee