Geography as a subject enables us to understand the Earth we are living in from a spatial perspective. Students have the opportunity to explore and understand the relationship between the Earth and its peoples through the study of space, place and environment. These three elements form the core of geography in Brownlow Integrated College. Students completing the Key Stage 3 geography curriculum in Brownlow will have acquired basic enquiry and generic skills, and have had experience of making value judgements through investigating issues from a geographical perspective. The study of Geography at Key Stage 4 in the school is built on the knowledge and skills students will have acquired in the junior secondary curriculum. These include the concepts and knowledge embedded in the various strands of the Environment and Society Curriculum.
Mrs H Park - Leader of Geography
Junior School Geography
Geography at key stage 3 is structured in a format designed to allow students to build on the previous knowledge and skills acquired by them in each subsequent year. Topics are interconnected and embedded in each study area is a set of generic transferable skills which students take with them through each year of KS3 in geography on to GCSE studies and which can also be applied across other subjects both at KS3 and KS4.
Year 8: Map skills, The Active Earth, Rocks, Weather, Settlement
Year 9: Rivers, Extreme Climates, Energy, Economic Activity, Development, China
Year 10: Tourism, Ecosystems, Maps and GIS, Population, Food Miles, Plastic Planet
Pupils are assessed regularly throughout the year with the use of written and learning homeworks as well as more formal CAT tests.
Senior School Geography
UNIT 1 (studied in Year 11)
River and Coastal Environments (25%), Changing weather and climate (25%), Restless Earth (25%)
UNIT 2 (studied in Year 12)
Population and Migration (25%), Changing Urban Environments (25%), Contrasts in World Development (25%), Managing Our Environment (25%)
Pupils complete a field study of the River Shimna at the end of Year 11. Then in Year 12 they will analyse and interpret the results before completing an external exam on their findings.
Careers In Geography
Geography is ideally placed to equip students with a set of generic skills transferable to various career environments such as meteorology, engineering, environment and the tourism industry etc.