Geography is a popular option at Sedbergh, probably influenced not only by our facilities and teaching team but also our location amidst the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The Department has five members of staff and is housed in the Main School teaching block. There are four main teaching rooms, a well-stocked Geography Library and a storage annex. Each classroom has video and projection facilities with links to the School intranet and the Department is adjacent to the main ICT suite and the Geology Room.
Geography is a popular option subject at GCSE and candidates develop a wide range of skills, including those of collecting and processing data from different sources, interpreting maps, photographs and satellite images and the use of ICT. The local area offers a diverse range of coursework opportunities based on fieldwork. Subject topics embrace aspects of the physical environment, economic geography, population and settlement studies.
Geography is both a science and social science with close links to several other subjects at AS level. Syllabus topics include:
The Physical Environment: lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrological systems and ecosystems.
The Human Environment: population, urban and rural settlements.
Geographical Investigation: techniques, to plan, design and undertake geographical research projects.
Geography in Year 13 is concerned with the study of selected subject areas in depth and the development of essay skills. Topics include glacial and periglacial environments, tourism and recreation and the management of rural and urban environments. In addition, students complete an individual investigation study which can be based in the vicinity of Sedbergh or their home area.
Outside the classroom
Fieldwork is an integral part of geographical studies at all levels in the School. Sedbergh's situation gives easy access to a rich variety of contrasting environments including the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, the Cumbrian coast, the villages of the Lune Valley and the towns and cities along the axis of the M6. In addition, several Sixth Form students each year take advantage of School expeditions to overseas destinations, most recently Patagonia and Iceland.