WJEC GCSE Geography adopts an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts. It is based on the principle that geographical education should enable pupils to become critical and reflective thinkers by engaging them actively in the enquiry process. Content is organised around key questions and pupils should be encouraged to pose geographical questions of their own. Fieldwork is an essential aspect of geographical education and of this qualification. It is placed at the heart of this specification and our teachers embed fieldwork within any programme of study that they create.
The enquiry approach taken by WJEC GCSE Geography, in both classroom and fieldwork contexts, should enable pupils to develop the ability to think ‘like a geographer’ if they are given opportunities to:
- Think creatively, for example, by posing questions that relate to geographical processes and concepts that include questioning about spatial pattern and geographical change
- Think scientifically by collecting and recording appropriate evidence from a range of sources, including fieldwork, before critically assessing the validity of this evidence and synthesising their findings to reach evidenced conclusions that relate to the initial aim of their enquiry
- Think independently by applying geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts. In doing so they should appreciate that geography can be ‘messy’ i.e. that real geography does not always match typical or predicted outcomes
Geography graduates are among the most employable, possibly because they possess the skills employers are looking for. This may be because the subject is a combination of the facts of science and the understanding of the arts. Career options include management and administration, teaching or lecturing, work in the financial and retail sector, other professions including media, administration, architecture, the armed forces, business management, the civil service, conservation, the heritage industry, human resources, journalism, local government, the police force, politics and tourism.