Faculty of Geography
Geography at CSIA provides both staff and students with an excellent experience.
At A level, we have consistently achieved 100% pass rate over the years, with the 2016 cohort achieving 78% A* – C pass rate, which is above the national average.
Our track record with GCSE is also positive, with a consistent 100% pass rate. Our passionate and hardworking year 11 students achieved 74% A* – C, which is above the national average. 24% of the students completed the GCSE Geography course with an A or A* grade, which shows the hard work and dedication of both the staff and students towards this subject at CSIA.
WHY TAKE Geography?
There has never been a better or more important time to study Geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation, and social cohesion, Geography is one of the most relevant courses that you could choose to study. Geographers are all also highly employable due to the skills learned and high thinking skills acquired.
“Everything has to do with Geography” – Judy Martz
Geography is a forward-thinking department currently consisting of four full-time teachers and one part-time teacher, all committed to enabling students to reach their potential. Teachers in our department are passionate about the topics we deliver which include Map Skills, Weather and Climate, and Development in Key Stage 3; AQA syllabus in Key Stage 4 and AQA Geography in Key Stage 5 including fieldwork and topic evaluations.
KEY STAGE 3
Camborne Science and International Academy recognises the importance of Geography and because of this, our Key Stage 3 programme is compulsory for all Year 7 and Year 8 students and plays a vital part in the curriculum.
“Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin
Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum has been redesigned for 2017/18, to enable all students to fully access all aspects of the curriculum. Lessons are topic based, each lasting a semester with topics that include Rivers, Development, Population Change, Tectonics, Climate Change, Map Skills as well as a fieldwork investigation into the environmental sustainability of CSIA .
Each topic will allow students to “Master” a particular area of interest, as activities that will stretch and challenge students are planned into each lesson. We encourage students to be in control of their own learning, there are planned opportunities to extend strands to top GCSE level at Key Stage 3.
KEY STAGE 4
The Geography department follows the AQA syllabus of learning and we use all three Key Stage 4 years to prepare them for their final 3 examination papers at the end of Year 11. These papers include a Physical Geography paper, a Human Geography paper and an Issues and Evaluation paper that includes fieldwork questions.
The Physical Geography paper includes areas of study such as: The Challenge of Natural Hazards; The Living World; Physical Landscapes in the UK.
The Human Geography Paper includes areas of study such as: Urban Issues and Challenges; The Changing Economic World; The Challenge of Resource Management.
The final exam paper is split between an issues evaluation, where the students will be issued a topic prior to the exam and will be examined on how well they understand and use evidence that is provided for them; as well as a fieldwork question. Every Geography student at GCSE is required to complete two fieldwork days. These take place in the Autumn Term of year 11 and allow the students to master the skills of data collection, analysis and evaluation.
Throughout all these units of study, Geography students will be taught a range of skills; map, cartographic, numerical and literacy based to enable them access to the variety of questions that will be asked of them on their GCSE exam papers.
Although the key focus is preparing students for their GCSE examination throughout the Key Stage 4 years, the department is mindful of engaging the students in interesting and diverse topics of study that will help them to become better global citizens.
A Level Geography will cover both the Physical and Human environments and the complex interaction of processes that shape our world. It will also, importantly, show the applied side of the subject – how human intervention affects the environment and how people adapt and mitigate the effects of processes on their environment. This is complex and dynamic and varies from place to place depending on people’s resources, technology and culture. There is plenty of room for discussion and extended research which will help students become independent thinkers and learners. By the time students commence their exams, they will be able to show understanding of a range of opinions and be able to illustrate answers with case studies from local, national and international examples.
“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure” – David Attenborough
You will learn in a wide variety of ways such as by using maps, GIS skills, data analysis, photos, and videos. You will be encouraged to frame your own questions using higher level thinking skills and showing your grasp of complex issues through report and essay writing.
Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. You may already be thinking ahead to potential university and career choices so it is worth bearing in mind that Geography is a broad based subject that really fits well for your future progression. Fieldwork will be an essential part of your A Level course, which prepares you for your individual Geographical investigation that is worth 20% of your overall grade. For example at CSIA VI Form, we visit Cardinham woods to investigate infiltration rates, Marazion and Gwithian to compare and contrast the changes to our coast lines, and urban areas to investigate the changes and challenges that have affected these environments over time.
The Geography department is hugely supportive of the International Programme at CSIA and encourage students to take part in the programme as much as possible. We believe that this experience of travel and immersing themselves in the culture of various countries allows them to become better global citizens and gives them an awareness of how the topics that they are taught within the classroom apply to real life.
The Geography department also run international trips that support the learning that takes place in Key Stage 4 and 5. The team have successfully run trips to both Italy and Iceland for a number of years, and these educational visits have allowed the students to gain a much higher understanding of the content that we teach. The Italy trip focuses on the areas around Naples and Sorrento and takes place in bi-annually in July; the Iceland trip focuses on tectonics, sustainable energy and glacial geography and takes place bi-annually in February.
As a degree subject, Geography is highly respected by employers.
Geography graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths. Put simply, there is no such thing as a Geography job; rather there are multiple jobs that geographers do.
For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, Geography is an obvious choice.