Geography teaches pupils about the world in which they live, helping them to develop a valuable understanding of the physical and human processes which shape our planet. It is the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in those places and how those places are changing.

Studying Geography gives pupils the chance to get to grips with some of the modern questions which affect our world, encouraging an understanding the social, cultural, economic and physical forces that change our world.

IGSCE Geography

This qualification puts Pupils on the path to becoming geography specialists by furnishing them skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age. The course covers two key themes of geography: Physical Geography and Human Geography. Whilst investigating the key themes, pupils will use a variety of different skills including fieldwork, data analysis and interpretation, pattern identification, predicting trends and explaining relationships.

Pupils will begin to appreciate the differences and similarities between diverse peoples’ views on the world and its environment, societies and cultures as they strive to develop their responsibilities as global citizens.

Fieldwork and working outside the classroom are also a vital part of the Geography curriculum at Maida Vale School. Wherever possible, opportunities are sought to get out there, to see things differently and to put the theoretical components of the course to the test!

Paper 1: Physical Geography (40%) Hazardous Environments – studies of tropical storms and tectonic hazards. Coastal Environments – study of coastal processes and environments. Fieldwork Investigation – Coastal: questions set in a familiar and unfamiliar fieldwork context.
Paper 2: Human Geography (60%) Economic Activity and Energy – studies of the growth and decline of different economic sectors in developed and developing countries. Urban Environments – A study of rapid urban population growth and issues. Fieldwork Investigations – Urban: questions set in a familiar and unfamiliar fieldwork context Globalisation and Migration. A study of the impacts of globalisation and responses to increased migration.


A-Level Geography

Deepening and developing knowledge of social, economic and physical processes and learning to plan, research, develop and test hypotheses and write extended reports. Geographers need to be numerate, literate and good team players. Taught to think analytically, critically and develop useful computer skills. Fieldwork both nationally and internationally is an integral part of the A-Level – a sample range of trips includes: Greece, Iceland, the Azores, Italy and Croatia.


Physical Geography Human Geography Independent Investigation

-Water and carbon cycles

-Coastal systems and landscapes

-Ecosystems and processes

– Global systems and global governance

– Changing places

– Population and the environment

– Physical and human fieldwork

– 4 days There will be an additional charge for this trip but it will be in the UK so costs will be kept to a minimum

– Independent investigation which may be human or physical or a combination of both.

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