"Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future"
Geography is all around us. Have you ever looked out of a window and thought about how that landscape got to be there? If so, then you are a geographer!
Geography literally means to study the earth, and it attempts to explain how natural processes and the impact of people have shaped the world around us. As a subject, geography sees the bigger picture and is unique in bridging the social and natural sciences. Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them.
As you study geography you will gain an appreciation of the forces that have shaped our planet and understand the complex interaction of factors that are continuing to shape both the human and physical environment. With the world’s population at seven billion people, and more than half of us now living in cities, what will our future hold? How can a physically active, dynamic planet and a population that is ever growing, developing and consuming be reconciled? Geography may not have all the answers, but it will certainly help you to appreciate the issues that affect us now, and it will continue to affect our future generations.
At St Swithun’s, we firmly believe that geography cannot be studied without getting out into the real world, and fieldwork is an essential part of its study. In the lower school, there are excursions every year, and at GCSE and A level there is the opportunity to undertake residential fieldwork. The geography department has also been at the heart of organising several major oversees excursions, and we are always planning new adventures.
We see ourselves as a passionate department with a diverse range of specialisms. Hopefully, our enthusiasm will inspire you to look at the planet in a different way. The skills and knowledge that you gain will be very useful in putting together the pieces between the other subjects that you study, and will be highly desired by future employers.