Subject Intent: Why Geography?

The Geography curriculum ensures that our students are able to understand the world in which they live and inspire them to tackle the issues we face. In making sense of the world we live in, the interactions between human and physical process and exploring sustainable futures our students will develop a range of skills that prepare them for work or further study. Our geographers become proficient at researching and exploring geographical issues, they develop problem solving and decision making skills whilst handling and collecting data in the field. Our Geography students leave enriched with skills, become intellectually aware of what is happening in the world and ready to understand, study or work in a changing world.

What will I study?

Component 1: Physical Geography - 40%

  • Hazards.
  • Coastal systems and landscapes.
  • Water and carbon.

Component 2: Human Geography - 40%

  • Changing places.
  • Resource security.
  • Global systems and governance.

Component 3: NEA – 20%

  • An Independent investigation conducted by the student.


Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

Lessons in Geography are engaging and interactive. We use IT, media, and a range of academic materials to explore and research geographical issues, like climate change. There are four days of required fieldwork where students conduct data collection tasks, visiting the Holderness coast, exploring the local geography and Drax Power Station. There may be opportunities for voluntary overseas fieldtrips too.

What our


Geography at New College is engaging, refreshing and interesting. The lessons are interactive and very relevant to current events in the world, and there is loads of support within the department. I’d highly recommend this course for its overall reach in many future career opportunities and interests.

Lola Barnecott, Wakefield Girls’ High School

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