Within the geography department we aim to inspire students about the varied, exciting and constantly changing world we live in. Through the study of both physical and human topics, students develop a deep knowledge and understanding of places and environments from across the globe. A mix of enquiry based, decision-making and challenging activities provide the framework for students to expand their geographical, literacy and critical thinking skills whilst also encouraging a reflective approach to their learning. As a result, students leave us as well-informed, open minded, responsible citizens who can play a positive and active role in the 21st Century and flourish in life.
The Geography curriculum encourages students to fully understand their role in society by exploring some of the current issues facing the global community. The key ideas behind climate change, flooding, migration, development and sustainable resource use are introduced in Key Stage 3 before being explored in greater depth at GCSE and A Level. Equal importance is given to physical geography so that the varied landscapes of both the UK and the wider world are both appreciated and understood.
Fieldwork is an integral part of a geographical education so all key stages practise planning and collecting data in a range of environments. Key Stage 3 tend to carry out surveys within the school grounds; GCSE students visit both Gloucester City Centre and The Forest of Dean, whilst A Level students travel further afield to Dorset and Birmingham. The department also runs visits to Iceland. These visits consolidate the work completed in the classroom and allow practice of data presentation and analysis skills too.
Geography is a popular subject at The Crypt and continues to go from strength to strength. We are proud as a department of our outstanding record at both A Level and GCSE. At both A Level and GCSE, students regularly achieve over 70% of grades at A*-B and 7-9 respectively. These grades reflect the department’s reputation for excellent standards of teaching and learning within the class room and the support pupils can expect from their geography teachers. As a result, A Level students regularly pursue geography related courses at university with students gaining places at Durham, Birmingham, Warwick and Exeter universities in recent years.
Geography Programme of Study
GCSE - OCR
A Level - OCR
- GCSE Fieldwork in Gloucester city centre and the Forest of Dean
- A Level Fieldwork in Dorset, The Cotswolds and Birmingham
- Visits to Iceland