Geography is a dynamic, challenging and exciting subject at Formby High School. The aim of the Geography Department is to allow pupils to develop a well-rounded knowledge and understanding of the world that they live in. The pupils will become aware of the links between physical and human environments and the impact they can have on these. This is becoming increasingly important in today’s globally interconnected society.
As a department we seek to encourage every pupil to have pride in their work and take responsibility for their own learning and broaden both their geographical knowledge and understanding by providing an interesting and engaging course. We promote the development of transferable skills which will be valued way beyond their school years.
Orienteering, the Global Eyes Club and the Geographical Association Quiz Event are our core extracurricular activities.
Students’ learning is supported by a range of fieldwork opportunities in every year group. These fieldwork experiences develop students’ understanding and foster a love of the natural and human environment. Snowdonia, The Lake District and Liverpool are our traditional study locations and the Department offers an Iceland residential during the academic year.
Geography at Key Stage Four
We follow the new AQA GCSE Geography course. The assessment for the course is linear and students sit three examinations at the end of Year 11. Fieldwork is an integral part of the course and 2 days of fieldwork are completed.
Topics studied at GCSE include: Coastal Environments, River Systems, Ecosystems, Tectonic Hazards, Resource Development, Globalisation and Urban Development.
Geography at Sixth Form
We deliver the new AQA GCE A Level Geography course. Year 12 follows the Physical Options of study and Year 13 follows the Human Options of Study. Students are examined at the end of the course in the summer of Year 13. Two examinations and a Fieldwork Investigation are completed. 4 days of fieldwork are completed at A Level.
Topics studied at A Level include: Carbon & Water Cycles, Population, Coastal Environments, Changing Places and Hazards.