Year 9 Course Description

In Year 9 students will learn about both physical and human topics as well as developing the skills required to succeed at GCSE level. Students will study the topics of Water Works; Future Floods; One World, Our World; One World, Our Food and Wonderful World. Students are assessed during each topic through a range of class based assessments, end of topic tests, presentations and extended projects.

GCSE course description

In year 10 students study a range of physical geography topics including tectonic hazards, rivers and coasts. The focus of study is on patterns and processes associated with each topic and the impact the physical environment can have on people and settlements. During the summer term students focus their attentions on the controlled assessment which is based on the coastal environment. Students apply their knowledge from their coasts topic on a field trip and then write up their investigation under controlled conditions. In year 11, the students focus on human geography topics including population change, tourism and globalisation. The common theme here is the connections between different countries through migration, transnational corporations and tourism in different areas of the world. 

A-Level course description

In year 12, students study two human geography topics (population change and food supply) and two physical geography topics (rivers and coasts). We also teach a variety of geographical skills including map skills, graphical skills, ICT skills and investigative skills which are mostly applied in their unit 2 exam. We take them to Leeson House on a residential field trip to conduct two investigations relating to rivers and rural settlements. We also take them to Swanage to study flood management and Barton-on-sea to look at coastal erosion and management. In year 13 we cover four topics: Weather and Climate, Tectonic hazards, Development and Globalisation and World Cities. Here, the breadth and depth of knowledge is much more detailed and the emphasis is on longer style exam questions and a 40 mark essay. Then there is an issue evaluation exam which is based on pre-released material on a particular area or country

BTEC Travel and Tourism

In year 12 the students complete three units. Unit 1: Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector involves the study of a variety of travel and tourism industries and how these industries have changed overtime. Unit 3: The UK as a destination involves the study of a variety of UK destinations including Bournemouth, Wimborne and the New Forest. To improve their understanding of the features and facilities that attract visitors we conduct two trips for this unit. Students are investigate the needs of visitors in the UK and the factors affecting inbound and domestic tourism Unit 4: Customer Service involves studying the importance of providing excellent customer service in the Travel and Tourism sector. The students also study how customer service is adapted to meet the needs of different visitors. The students also have to demonstrate customer service skills in a variety of settings. Again there are several trips within this unit including a trip to a hotel in Poole and a service in Wimborne.