Exploring Global Challenges: Geography Education at SGIS

Pupils learn about a range of local and global challenges to establish a solid foundation of geographical understanding and skills for future study. Understanding today’s global issues, from climate change to migration, requires a strong appreciation of temporal and locational change and an academic knowledge of the myriad sub-disciplines of Geography. The topics include tectonic hazards, global populations, the Arctic, globalisation, and energy production.

Pupils then learn about the challenges of human development and the issues and management of ecosystems including hot deserts and tropical rainforests. Geography enables pupils to explore people and their societies, economies, cultures and the environment. As the pace of global change accelerates and the world becomes ever more interconnected, Geography allows pupils the opportunity to develop transferable skills and ways of thinking that will help them make sense of the world’s ever increasing complexity.

GCSE Geography:

Geography Pupils will be encouraged to apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and other out of classroom learning opportunities using geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis. By developing their appreciation of the importance of the location of places and environments on a local and global scale they will become critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

The course is divided into three areas of assessment. The first, ‘Living with the physical environment’ considers the challenge of natural hazards, the living world and physical landscapes. The second, ‘Challenges in the human environment’ explores urban issues and challenges together with the changing economic world and the challenge of resource management. The final area looks at ‘Geographical applications’ through issue evaluation and fieldwork.