Grade 6 in GCSE Geography
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.
of A-level students achieved grades A*-B
of A-level students achieved grades A*-C
of A-level students achieved grades A*-E
What we’ve been up to…
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Trial Expedition 2023
86 WKGS students spent the weekend in Wales completing their trial expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. With such beautiful weather a good time was had by all learning essential skills for survival in the open air!
The Spanish Department resumed 2019’s successful student exchange with our partner secondary school, IES Garcilaso de la Vega a mixed secondary school located in Torrelavega, a town in Cantabria in northern Spain: The Spanish Exchange presents students with a unique opportunity to improve their spoken Spanish and see Spanish daily life at first hand. Students from Calday Grammar School collaborated with us and students were accompanied by teaching staff from West Kirby Grammar School and Calday Grange Grammar School. The Spanish students hosted their English partners and a programme of events was organised during the school day for the visiting students. The students visited Santander, experienced a day at the Altamira Museum, an exact replica of the Altamira Caves with Palaeolithic cave paintings. They took part in a workshop in which they learned how to make and throw spears to hunt deer and bison. This was followed by a visit to Santillana del Mar. During their visit they also visited El Soplao, a site of great geographical importance, and the beautiful Santillana del Mar and the Parque Naturaleza de Carbaceno.
Year 12 North West Regional Forum European Youth Parliament at L
The North West European Forum 2023 is one of the fourteen regional EYP forums which take place in the UK, with many more taking place in other countries. There were a number of debates throughout the day. The forum gave students an opportunity to debate a range of topics affecting young people across Europe. Two schools were selected at this regional forum and to also send a team of eight students over the age of sixteen to either the Summer or Autumn National Selection Conference, held at Liverpool Hope University for a long weekend in July 2023. Big well done to both of our EYP teams who performed at a consistently high standard throughout the debates. Special congratulations to our 2nd team who made it through to the national finals in July!
With one more week to go, we are really looking forward to our first #WKGS PTA Quiz / Fish & Chips Night. Tickets are still available from: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/bsxLFRr7Ko
We are very proud of Mia, Grace, Peggy and Hannah (#WKGSY12) who have made the finals of the Samsung 'Solve for Tomorrow' competition. They have made the last 5 in their age group. We wish them the best of luck for their final pitch which takes place next month. https://t.co/LIrkB9eLik
We are very proud of Mia, Grace, Peggy and Hannah (#WKGSY12) who have made the finals of the Samsung 'Solve for Tomorrow' competition. They have made the last 5 in their age group. We wish them the best of luck for their final pitch which takes place next month. https://t.co/5OJXnqatwU
A photo stop on the Great Wall of China, July 2015 for this week's #ThrowbackThursday https://t.co/Wp4YLzTHlA
We are delighted to announce the release of the second episode of our WKGS Student Podcast. Episode 2 will be live on Friday 28th April and will feature local artist (and former #WKGS student) Michael Aldag. Subscribe to our Student Podcast now at: spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/ogLOQbBw7yb https://t.co/u2O0Brp90O
Congratulations to Mia (#WKGSY12) and her horse MS Mastro who competed in the National Schools Equestrian Association dressage at Kelsall Hill. Mia won her Novice class and has qualified for the National Championships at Hickstead in May. We wish Mia every success. https://t.co/qiK2vL2FmG
Congratulations to Mia (#WKGSY12) and her horse MS Mastro who competed in the National Schools Equestrian Association dressage at Kelsall Hill. Mia won her Novice class and has qualified for the National Championships at Hickstead in May. We wish Mia every success. https://t.co/r3ADJ8ZnP4
A walk to Hilbre Island with German Exchange partners (around 1994) for this week's #ThrowbackThursday https://t.co/dYjHAwt6TU
It's back to 2018 for this week's #ThrowbackThursday for a Student Fashion Show.... https://t.co/uiNwudPObr
Great day revising our fieldwork and revising with yr11 today #revision #makeitstick #WKGSY11 https://t.co/lxGGD1Nyfz
Drama visit to Paris
Students from our GCSE Drama group visited Paris to see a theatre production and take part in a Drama workshop. They also had the fantastic opportunity to experience a guided backstage tour of the Opera Garnier, the inspiration for Phantom of the Oprea. The visit included a guided tour of Paris exploring the sights and shops; they saw a production of the Lion King – The Musical at Théâtre Mogador and enjoyed a day in Disneyland Paris.
Wishing our students and staff a happy Easter break. All year groups will return on Monday 17th April which will be a Week A. https://t.co/IbnomcGX4a