Geography is a broad and diverse subject that explores the Earth’s physical, social and cultural systems. It is an interdisciplinary field that bridges the gap between natural sciences and social sciences, combining elements of physics, biology, ecology, economics, politics and history to provide a holistic understanding of the world around us.
We cover a wide range of topics, from the study of landforms, climate and natural resources to the examination of human settlements, migration patterns and cultural traditions. Geographers also investigate the impact of human activities on the environment and the reciprocal effects of environmental changes on human societies.
Geography is an essential subject to study as it provides us with a fundamental understanding of the world we live in. It helps us to comprehend the complex relationships between physical and human processes and to make informed decisions about environmental and social issues.
During lessons, students have the opportunity to use advanced technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and statistical analysis to collect and analyse data. They also conduct fieldwork, observations, and interviews to gain a deeper understanding of the physical and social phenomena they are studying.
9–7 at GCSE 2023
9–8 at GCSE 2023
A*–B at A level 2023
"For me, I love geography because of the way it relates to current issues in the world from an environmental, social, political and economic perspective; helping to bring those issues alive."
"I love the diversity of content we study in geography, everything from the formation of a hurricane to the workings of international organisations like the UN."
"What I enjoy most about geography is how relevant it is to our lives. I enjoy analysing the interaction between physical and human processes as I believe the understanding of these interactions is very important in order to make a change."
"I enjoy geography because it is so diverse and so relevant to our world today. It helps you appreciate and understand the world as a whole, making it both fun and interesting to learn about."
St Helen’s offers a comprehensive academic enrichment program for geographers that extends from Year 7 through to A level. The Geography Department is dedicated to fostering students’ curiosity about the world around them and their understanding of global issues.
Year 7 and 8 students participate in the RGS Young Geographer project, a national competition that challenges students to think critically and creatively about geographical topics. In Year 8, students engage in fieldwork at Lulworth Cove, applying the skills and knowledge they have gained in the classroom to real-world scenarios, and in Year 9 students take part in a ‘Risk Day’ where they explore the management of earthquakes.
Sixth Form students can participate in our weekly Senior Geography Society, where they discuss current issues ranging from Chinese investment in cities to ecosystem management in the Maldives. The society also plays a major role in organising events during the annual Climate Awareness Fortnight in November each year. These events include debates, guest speakers, and workshops to educate and engage students on the issue of climate change.
The School regularly invites speakers from Oxford University to give lectures to A level and GCSE students, further enriching their learning experiences. Field trips are an essential part of the GCSE and A level specifications and students visit a wide range of places from Shropshire to Studland Bay.
At GCSE level, students can join the Missing Maps Club and learn how to use GIS mapping software to create maps of under-researched an unmapped regions of the world. This club provides an opportunity for students to apply their geographical knowledge to real-world problems, helping aid agencies and communities in need.