KS3 (Yr 7-9)
In Yr 7-9 students follow the revised National Curriculum for Wales. Topics include the ‘Violent Earth’, the ‘Rich and Poor World’ and ‘Tomorrow’s citizens . There is a heavy emphasis on Welsh case studies, but regions are looked at, at a local, national and global level. For example we use our strong link with Paje secondary school in Zanzibar to compare and contrast their culture with Wales throughout KS3. Picture 1 shows a Form IV class from Paje that our Geography staff visited in 2007.
The revised curriculum has a strong emphasis on key and thinking skills as well as fieldwork.

GCSE (Yr 10-11)
The department follows the WJEC (syllabus A) specification. It has achieved a high A*- C pass rate for several years (much higher than national averages), which has resulted in us being a highly subscribed to option. Again we have a heavy emphasis on fieldwork as this links to investigation projects (worth between 15-25% of a student's final grade).
Our data collection trip to Southerndown on the Glamorgan Heritage Coastline is shown in Picture 2, but we also visit working hill sheep farms, complete river channel work and evaluate flood managment techniques in the local area..

AS/A2 (Yr 12-13)
The department follows the WJEC specification. It has outstanding A level grades that are well above national averages (in 2009 100% of A2 students achieved an A or B grade). Numbers have been consistently strong and many students have opted to carry on their studies to degree level. Again the department incorporates many key skill opportunities within the course that can be used in the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification. Group work on the economic activities of SW Australia is shown below.

Residential fieldwork is an important part of the course and is required for a third of both the G1 and G2 exams at AS. To incorporate this, a three day trip is completed at AS level. This covers practical data collection and analysis of flood management in Hereford and the positive impacts of climate change in the Brecon Beacons. At A2 level students are required to plan, risk assess, collect data for and write up their own individual fieldwork investigations with increasing independence.


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