Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum
At A Level, girls learn the value of geography both in its own right and as an excellent subject to bridge Arts & Sciences, as a number of universities accept Geography A level as a science subject.
The A Level course aims to develop an understanding and knowledge of physical, human and environmental processes and how these change over time. Both at AS and A2 Level students explore the meaning, causes and impacts of a number of headline global issues.
The AS course covers the themes of globalisation and the world at risk; additionally, there is a strong theoretical field work component which nurtures project planning skills.
At A2 level a broad range of topics are covered, including the energy crisis, water conflict, biodiversity loss, development gap, superpowers and technofix. These are all studied at a global scale with a strong synoptic overview of issues, players and solutions. This allows the girls to understand issues across the physical and human world, the importance of scale and connectedness and how to appreciate variety and difference.
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.