This September, the return to school is marked by the start of new geography GCSE and A Level courses
The new courses include welcome, yet substantial changes with both courses requiring a stronger command of geographical knowledge. At GCSE this includes greater coverage of the UK’s geography, while A Level now includes the carbon cycle, global governance and the study of place through the lens of cultural geography.
There are also more explicit requirements concerning data skills, mapping and GIS. In addition, geographical fieldwork has been strengthened with A Level students having to spend at least four days in the field.
To help teachers and schools with these changes, the Society has produced as series of online resources and is running training events about the new topics and skills, as well as continuing the focused programme which supports data skills in geography.
For more details see www.rgs.org/schools
Schools and Education
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