In Form 3 (Year 9) all students study Geography and a mixture of physical and human geography topics selected, are designed to provide both skills and understanding , as well as developing enjoyment of the subject.
At GCSE level the Cambridge IGCSE course is currently the most popular GCSE option at Concord. The course covers both physical and human geography, with controlled assessment replaced by an additional data-response exam. The course is fast-paced and international case studies provide students with a much greater understanding of the world around them, as well as providing an excellent foundation for the study of Geography at A-level.
The Edexcel A-level Geography course is offered at Concord. Students in year 6.1 (Year 12) study the AS modules of Global Challenges (including the meaning, causes, impacts and how we can influence global challenges through our own lives) and an Investigation module within which is included Extreme Weather and Unequal Spaces (a comparison of rural and urban areas). Several local fieldwork trips are made during the year to support these topics.
Most students continue their study of Geography into the second year to gain the full A-level. During this year the Congested Planet unit is studied, together with a research unit on Cold Environments. An optional biennial fieldwork trip to Iceland has supported this unit. The A-level Geography course is rigorous and challenging, but has received excellent satisfaction ratings from past students who have clearly enjoyed studying the subject.