Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Academic Year 2017/2018

Head of Department:
Mrs M McGreevy (Acting)

Teaching Staff:
Mr L Shaw
Miss H Morren

Geography is the subject that holds the key to all our futures” Michael Palin.

We aim to ensure that every pupil has an opportunity to explore, enjoy and engage in the World Around Them. We wish to instil a sense of wonder and adventure, develop an understanding of different cultures and encourage our pupils to interact with the Natural World. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their map and ICT skills, including using Interactive workbooks and GIS.  Fieldwork is an important element of the Geography curriculum and our pupils are provided with opportunities to explore our local environment as well as participate on International Cultural Trips.

The Department consists of 3 Large, modern and well equip classrooms each with Interactive Whiteboards, Online Textbooks and Student Workbooks.  We also hold National Trust Membership.

Educational Visits and Trips
We recognise the importance and value of providing pupils with opportunities for learning outside the classroom. With the spectacular North Coast on our doorstep, we are in a privileged position to offer our students many opportunities to study Geography in the field. Pupils enjoy visits to the Giant’s Causeway, Portstewart Strand, Binevenagh Mountain, Carntogher Mountain, Belfast City and Coleraine CBD.

Since 2012, The Geography Department has hosted very successful and popular international cultural visits to Iceland, Beijing, Washington DC and New York City, with a visit to California planned for October 2018.

What will you study in Geography Class at Loreto?

KS3 (Y8-Y10)
The emphasis here is to explore the World Around Us through active learning.  Pupils will have 3 classes per week through which Physical, Human and Environmental Geography is studied. Topics covered include NI Geology, Farming, Disasters (earthquakes, volcanoes, Tsunami’s and Avalanches) Global Warming, Weather, Fairtrade and Aid to name a few.

GCSE  (Y11-12) 
 Geography is a popular subject choice at GCSE. We follow the CCEA curriculum;  the new specification has 3 units and the course is modular, so exams are taken at the end of each year.  One important change to the new syllabus is that there will be no coursework or controlled Assessment, instead fieldwork is assessed in a modular exam (unit 3).  Further information on units, topics and FAQ can be found at http://ccea.org.uk/geography/

AS & A2 Level (Y13-14)
As with GCSE, Geography is a very popular subject choice at A Level.  It is a transferable subject, therefore is sought after by both humanities and science based degrees at university.
Our results are consistently excellent; 100% pass A*-C (2016-17) with many of our pupils obtaining top grades and awards with CCEA.
The A-Level specification aims to encourage a lifelong interest in Geography, to develop problem solving and decision making skills, and allows students to work as a team in carrying out a piece of research.
Students will complete topics covering physical, human, environmental and Cultural Geography with links to current affairs and real time events.
Assessment consists of 6 external exams, 3 at AS level and 3 at A2 level.
Further information on units, exams, and FAQ can be found at http://ccea.org.uk/geography/

Useful websites:
MinuteEarth (YouTube)
BBC Bitesize Geography
S-cool Geography