Geography is an engaging and highly relevant subject involving the study of place, people and the environment. It bridges the gap between the arts and sciences and equips pupils with valuable skills that are attractive to employers.

The department comprises five dedicated teaching rooms each equipped with a PC, data projector and interactive whiteboard. A well-resourced Sixth Form study area is popular with geography students providing excellent access to relevant texts, journals, online subscriptions and a suite of sixteen computers with printing facilities.

Fieldwork is integrated into all levels of the department's teaching, ranging from school site studies to field centre visits and a week in the French Alps. Effective use of ICT is made at all levels including dedicated geographical software, such as Memory Map and Geographical Information Systems.

Geography is taught in mixed ability sets throughout the School. In their first three years (Years Seven to Nine) all pupils acquire skills and knowledge broadly based on the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. The subject is a very popular choice both at GCSE and A Level. A good number of our Sixth Form geographers leave King's to read Geography related courses.

Geography is highly valued by universities as an A Level choice. The Russell Group report published in 2011 names geography as one of the eight facilitating subjects. This is a subject most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and choosing facilitating subjects will keep more options open to you at university.

If you are aiming at a future course in Medicine or Veterinary Medicine then geography is a good choice to give your A Level options the breadth that universities like as you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health and survival of people, animals and ecosystems as well as enhancing your skills of writing essays and extended reports.

Royal Geographical Society with IBG.

Highlights

  • More than ninety students per year at GCSE
  • More than forty students per year at A Level
  • Residential fieldwork
  • High proportion of students study Geography in Higher Education