“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.”
- David Attenborough
Why Study Geography?
Geography at King’s College is taught using contemporary methods of instruction and delivery. The department has adopted the EDEXCEL B specification to GCSE and the EDEXCEL specification at A level. Both adopt an enquiry approach to the teaching of geography and this approach equips pupils with the knowledge and skills of investigation, critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication. As a result, pupils are equipped to foster attitudes that will assist them to participate as active and informed citizens in our global society, and to appreciate and apply the concept of sustainability.
Pupils studying geography at King’s are encouraged whenever possible to apply their classroom knowledge to the real-world. Recently pupils have visited Iceland, studied coastal features and management in Sidmouth and Padstow, and looked at regeneration and urban change in Taunton and Exeter.
Russell Group universities have recognised A level geography as one of their preferred ‘facilitating subjects’ which supports an application into a wide range of undergraduate courses.
A Level Geography Course Content
Head of Geography, Andrew Edwards, discusses A level geography at King's.
The Wegener Society is the geography society and is named after the famous German meteorologist and geophysicist, Alfred Wegener. During his lifetime he was primarily known for his achievements in meteorology and as a pioneer of polar research, but today he is most remembered as the originator of the theory of continental drift.
The newly founded society held its inaugural meeting in 2015 and meetings consist of guest university lecturers and representatives from the Royal Geographical Society, quiz evenings and film nights. The society also fundraises for charities such as 'Toilet Twinning' and is run by the Sixth Form President and Vice President. Next year we are lucky to have senior lecturer Dr James Dyke from the University of Exeter talk to the group about whether humanity can meet the challenge of climate change.
There is no escaping that geography is the subject of our times and with its relevance to a wide variety of subjects, it has long been a popular choice at King’s.
Pupils are encouraged to enter a variety of national competitions, not just in geography, but all number of subject areas.
The Young Geographer of the Year is the Royal Geographical Society’s annual competition which has been running for over 20 years. It recognises the outstanding work of the next generation of geographers. With its age ranges spanning the primary years to A level, the competition encourages thoughtful and creative answers to the competition’s theme which is set each year.
In 2020 over 10,000 young people took part, and Fifth Form pupil Tresha K was one of the Highly Commended winners in the 14-16 years, Key Stage 4 category.
Andrew graduated with a BSc (Hons) in geography from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 2000 and joined King's in 2015. Particular interests include: geopolitics and hazard management and he admits to having a soft spot for a classic scree slope and oxbow lake! When not in the classroom or out on field trips, Andrew coaches rugby, competes in triathlons and enjoys cycling around the Somerset countryside.
Jonty graduated with a BA and PGCE from Birmingham University in 1996. He has taught at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand, Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, and most recently at The Cheltenham Ladies College.
Abi has an MA from the University of Cambridge and a PGCE from Bristol University. Her areas of interest include world development and cultural geography, and enjoys teaching about natural hazards.
Jodie joins us in her first teaching role after studying geography at Royal Holloway London, and a PGCE at the University of Oxford.