Head of Faculty: Mr O.J. Russell
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Currently the Geography Faculty has six members of staff, over 80 Pre-U students in the Sixth Form, 150+ IGCSE students, and the whole of the first year intake (Third Form).
We pride ourselves on high academic standards throughout the age range, but we welcome enthusiastic students of all abilities in the Faculty.
All pupils who enter the School at the age of 13 study Geography. We take this opportunity of beginning straight away with the CIE IGCSE course. The first half of the Michaelmas Term is based around basic geographical skills. Then in November we begin the CIE themes, starting with plate tectonics, and moving on to food, and energy. The Third Formers make their choice whether to continue with Geography at the end of the Lent term. Usually about two-thirds of the year opt to continue.
From September 2017, pupils started following the Shrewsbury School Geography Skills Certificate. This provides an additional platform for pupils to develop their skills and ensure taht they are adequately prepared for the rigours of the CIE Pre-U Course.
Fourth and Fifth Forms
In the Fourth and the Fifth Forms we continue with the Cambridge International GCSE course (CIE IGCSE), in the following order:
Industry/weather, climate and vegetation
Revision - in particular: Plate tectonics/energy/food
Throughout the course we emphasise the importance of geographical skills – map-work, geographical Information systems, interpretation of graphs, tables and photographs.
There are three elements to the course which are tested in the following way: a geographical themes paper (as above) which is worth 45% of the total mark; a geographical skills paper, worth 27.5%; and an alternative to coursework project, also worth 27.5%. For further details, see http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-geography-0460/
In the Sixth Form, we follow the rigorous CIE Pre-U Geography course. This provides students with an opportunity to pursue superb Physical Geography, and contemporary Human Geography in a manner which stretches and challenges our brightest students.
Residential Fieldwork is an integral part of the course. All students attend a compulsory four-day field trip in June of the Lower Sixth year. In addition to this, two single day fieldtrips to the local environment exist.