Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant; it is one of the most valuable subjects to study today, in terms of both knowledge and skills. So many of the world's current problems boil down to geography, and we need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. The climate crisis, sustainable food production, natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the spread of disease, the reasons for migration and the future of energy resources are just some of the great challenges facing us in the future.
At St Cenydd, our geography classrooms have an engaging learning environment where we foster an atmosphere of inquiry. Pupils are motivated to discover more and there are many opportunities to learn outside the classroom with field trips and guest speakers. Skills are heavily embedded in the curriculum and pupils are also required to write extensively to improve literacy, use graphs and statistics, create maps and use interactive digital resources.
All pupils study geography at Key Stage 3 and will learn about a wide range of topics such as plate tectonics, weather and climate, changing coastlines, global development, China, population change and ecosystems. At all levels pupils are required to analyse, evaluate and compare. They need to be able to write logically and refer to a range of resources. This gives pupils a fantastic grounding in the subject, should they wish make it one of their subject choices and study further.
GCSE and A Level geography are recognised for being academically robust and an A level in geography is valued by all universities as an accredited subject. Most importantly, geography also helps young people into the world of work. We know this is true because so many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide, be it knowing how the world works, planning research and report writing, working in a team, using new technologies and communication skills – and much more. You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working in the environment to travel and tourism, or in international charities or retail. Studying geography can help young people achieve careers that are professionally and financially rewarding and also enjoyable.