Head of Department
Mr K Vane
Summer Work 2020
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography

Exam Board

Pearson (Edexcel)

Why Choose Geography?

Geography is an academically robust subject which spans the social and physical sciences and promotes a lifelong interest and fascination in how the world works. The Russell Group of universities has recognised A- level Geography as one of their preferred ‘facilitating subjects’, which supports an application into a wide range of undergraduate courses. At WKGS we have an excellent tradition of developing students who either go on to specialise in Geography or use it to support their future choices. Degrees and careers are many and varied with A-level geographers recently combining it with the sciences to study Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry or Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geology, Environmental Science or Oceanography. With Maths you could also consider Meteorology. In the arts, students have used A-level Geography to study Economics, Town and Country Planning, Landscape Architecture, Law, Product Design, Fashion, Business Administration, or Tourism. Completing a Geography degree keeps options open with the subject being available as both an Arts or Science degree, contributing to the reputation of Geography having very high graduate employment rates (Guardian newspaper). So choose this subject to keep your options well and truly open. The skills you gain fit well into many careers, plus our field trip experiences are unforgettable.

What is Involved?

Two main areas of study - Physical and Human Geography are well represented with a chance (Year 2) to undertake your own unique piece of field investigation. Skills are mastered from our extensive six days of fieldwork (including three days in the Lakes).

Year 1 - Tectonic Processes considers the causes of, impacts and responses to tectonic (earthquake, volcano and tsunami) hazards. Optional fieldwork includes London and Iceland. Landscape Systems studies glacial processes, landforms and landscapes. Fieldwork is in the Lakes. Globalisation considers impacts for different people and places. Our optional fieldwork in China really helps here. Shaping Places studies how places develop their own personal identities. This could be Liverpool (fieldwork) or the success in Shanghai’s redevelopment.

Year 2 - The Water Cycle and the Carbon Cycle consider impacts of these cycles and future consequences for water insecurity and the global energy debate.

Superpowers considers the reasons for shifting economic and political power and the impacts of countries such as Russia, China and the USA on the world. Topics include: Health, Human Rights, Migration and Identity.

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examination results

57%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

79%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

100%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-E

What we’ve been up to…

23Jul '22

The Summer Break may have started but our Gardening Club are still hard at work exhibiting at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Well done to all staff and students involved in this fantastic project #RHSSchoolGardening https://t.co/awJb3qvqUL

19Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 19: If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/oCg5JJHDS2

19Jul '22

We would like to wish our #WKGSCommunity a happy and restful Summer holiday. Thanks to all of our students and staff for their hard work and efforts this year. Friday 2nd September will be a Year 7 and Year 12 Induction Day with all year groups returning on Monday 5th September. https://t.co/WqMRNHx1aB

18Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 18: Let go of the small stuff and focus on what really matters. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/Cyukw8BSmu

17Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 17: Use one of your strengths to overcome a challenge today. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/VBjVexA2Lv

16Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 16: Find fun ways to distract yourself from unhelpful thoughts. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/BE7PeuQ4mO

16Jul '22

Year 10 Drama visit to London

Year 10 Drama students enjoyed a visit to London in a sweltering July heatwave; taking part in a practical workshop, led by professional practitioners, on performance skills and approaches to text. The same evening they watched 'Jack Absolute Flies Again’, a production at the National Theatre starring Caroline Quentin and Kelvin Fletcher. The following morning they took part in a guided tour of the National Theatre, seeing backstage, before travelling to the Fortune Theatre, near Drury Lane to see the matinee production of ‘Woman in Black’ - all were suitably scared!

15Jul '22

We are very excited that #WKGS band @its_theroom will be supporting @thisiszuzu with @astlesmusic this Saturday at @future_yard for the first New Noise Club <18 event. This is an Under 18s only event (dry bar). For tickets, please visit: linktr.ee/theroomofficial #zuzu #theroom https://t.co/K82p45heRe

15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022 https://t.co/wWD0lO2x6a

15Jul '22

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15Jul '22

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15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022...3/4 https://t.co/dOa2lp8kqh

15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022...2/4 https://t.co/c7BF7xw6OS

15Jul '22

This week we held our first Sports Day since 2019. Congratulations to all competitors for their amazing efforts and the supporters who cheered them along. Many thanks the PE Department and Sports Captains for organising such a fantastic event.. 1/4 #WKGS https://t.co/bDTmXju4MO

15Jul '22

#WKGS Gardening Club, with the help of Mrs Brown/ Mr Davies, are working on our contribution to the RHS School Allotment Show at next week’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The WKGS plot is a specially designed bee-friendly pollinator garden and is open to the public 21st-24th July. https://t.co/D28eCaoqPh