The aim of the Geography Department is to prepare you to take an active and intelligent interest in the world in which you live. The Geography Department is a highly successful department and is staffed by experienced and enthusiastic subject specialists.
At A Level, as a Geographer you will follow the OCR ‘A’ specification, which enables you to develop and extend your study of thematic and place-orientated aspects of the subject. In Year 12, you will study aspects of Physical and Human Geography as preparation for the more detailed studies undertaken in Year 13. Cold environments, earth hazards, energy and urban settlements, rivers, coasts, glaciers, tectonic hazards, ecosystem under threat, tourism, energy, development, population and settlement are also part of the curriculum. A Level study involves a good deal of independent research in applying natural processes and concepts to real world examples.
There is a varied programme of field trips including trips to Exmoor, Dorset, Hampshire, the London Docklands and Northern Ireland as well as an international trip to an exciting destination such as Iceland or Italy to put your coursework into practical context.
Lessons are taught in three adjoining classrooms, each room having TV/video and networked computers. Geographers at Queen’s also regularly take part in the local round of the Geographical Association's national competition 'Worldwide Quiz' and have frequently won a place in the regional finals. In previous years Queen’s has won the National Trophy and one member of the team was selected to captain the UK team at the International Geographical Olympiad in Washington, USA.
Geography is one of the best subjects for employment and a fast growing subject for a career choice. Students have gone on to study subjects such as Geology, Oceanography, Environment and Development, Environmental Science, journalism and Urban Planning.