Head of Department
Mr K Vane
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…

01Apr '20

Let's look for positive ways to look after ourselves and each other as we face this crisis together 🌎💞 Use this calendar to find ways to keep calm, stay wise & be kind. @actionhappiness @WestKirbyGS actionforhappiness.org/active-coping-… #ActiveCopingApril https://t.co/tBhtVfU5fQ

27Mar '20

Happy Friday. Have you completed your 5 @thebodycoach sessions this week? Never underestimate the power of exercise to boost your mental wellbeing. #wellbeing #positivity 🙌💪 m.youtube.com/user/thebodyco…

27Mar '20

Good morning everyone! I've posted a link below to Chester Zoo. They are doing a live, virtual tour of the zoo today, starting at 10am. 🐯🦓🦌🐒🦁🐍🐘 https://t.co/GhXwoererG @WestKirbyGS #wellbeing twitter.com/chesterzoo/sta…

27Mar '20

Hi everyone, I hope we’re all doing good and #stayingsafe I’d like you all to welcome @wkgs.wellbeing to Instagram! The page has been set up by our Wellbeing Manager Debbie. The page is for you the students of #WKGS to get information, guidance and support, if and when you need it during these troubled times. Please be sure to follow the page and get in touch with @wkgs.wellbeing if there is anything specific you would like support with! #WKGSCommunity #Wellbeing #WKGSGotThis #BeSafe

27Mar '20

The weather is beautiful today, stay positive folks! #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PGD5nDTUaD

26Mar '20

If you love animals you may wish to use this link to access various zoos where you can live stream and watch animals. countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/co…

26Mar '20

Disruption to our normal everyday routines can cause feelings of increased anxiety, worry, and stress. Here are some tips to help manage your stress levels. #HeadsTogether #Wellbeing https://t.co/NdtXNccHgM

25Mar '20

Lunch has become instantly more constructive thanks to Miss Higham’s socially distanced rounders! ⁦@WKGS_PE⁩ https://t.co/b7XUQphI3o

24Mar '20

If you are in need of additional support and guidance with your mental health and wellbeing these sites are full of online resources. #mentalhealth #wellbeing https://t.co/iaC5CAfPwL

24Mar '20

🙃We are all adjusting to a new, rather strange, way of life. This can be a risk to our mental wellbeing. As tempting as it might be to stay in pyjamas all day, regular routines are essential for our identity, self-confidence and purpose: #wellbeing mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/st…

23Mar '20

More programmes, books & websites for you all! Some great recommendations 🤩🌍 twitter.com/mrvisgeography…

23Mar '20

▶️Message re buses for students of key workers◀️ A joint message from @WestKirbyGS & @CGGSNews regarding the buses for students of key workers is available to view in full on our Facebook page. facebook.com/30406140686526… @WKGS_6thForm @WKGS_Pastoral

23Mar '20

▶️Examinations Update◀️ #WKGS is now able to provide an update on the government’s current proposals for the awarding of GCSE and A-level grades this summer. To download the letter from the school website, please click on the link below ⬇️ wkgs.org/files/download… @WKGS_6thForm

23Mar '20

Some geography related TV for this week 📺🌍 twitter.com/geoglaw/status…

20Mar '20

On #InternationalDayofHappiness😀 here are 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this situation together! For more info go to actionforhappiness.org @WKGS_Wellbeing @WKGS_Pastoral #WKGSCommunity #InThisTogether