Overview of Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Girls who choose to continue their geographical studies at GCSE have an issues-based syllabus to look forward to, which is future-focussed on changes that are likely to happen. The content of the course revolves around current issues and is designed to inspire and motivate girls in their study of Geography. It also encourages a variety of teaching styles and the contemporary nature of the subject is reflected in our choice of case study materials, from the coastal flooding in Dawlish in 2013 to the ageing population and pension crisis in the UK to sustainable living in 21st century cities. Girls develop not only a good knowledge of the world in which they live and the many challenges to face in the future, but also acquire a number of transferable learning skills. In addition to the course content students also develop decision making skills and map skills, both of which are examined.
What makes the department unique from those at other schools?
The Geography department at QM is a robust and active area of school. Across all school years, the department works diligently to maintain an active schedule of field work trips to locations both local and further afield to encourage the girls to further develop their understanding and skills sets related to the subject.
The department also maintains a twitter account, @QMGeography.